Saturday, January 12, 2013
Rapid React: Georgetown 67, St. John's 51
By Kieran Darcy
What it means: This was embarrassing.
St. John's, which was highly competitive in its first three Big East games despite losing two of them, was thoroughly outclassed Saturday at Madison Square Garden, losing 67-51 to No. 19 Georgetown.
Despite their national ranking, the Hoyas were slumping, having lost their first two Big East games, including a 73-45 loss at home to Pittsburgh their last time out. And Georgetown was without second-leading scorer and rebounder Greg Whittington, who was suspended for the game for a violation of team rules.
Yet St. John's was never in this game, and that's troubling. The Red Storm drop to 9-7 overall, 1-3 in the Big East. The Hoyas improve to 11-3, 1-2 in the conference.
The turning point: St. John's never led -- Georgetown dominated from the opening tip. The Hoyas firmly took control with a 20-2 run in the middle portion of the first half, expanding their lead from 13-8 to 33-10. The Red Storm cut it to 36-19 at halftime.
The second half was just more of the same. Georgetown led by as many as 26. This was an absolute rout.
Star watch: Georgetown did an excellent job on D'Angelo Harrison, blanketing him defensively, even double-teaming him at times. Harrison, who was averaging 21.5 points per game, had a season-low seven points, shooting 3-for-12 from the field.
There was just one bright spot for St. John's. Chris Obekpa had six blocked shots as he set a St. John's record for blocks in a season, breaking the mark set by Walter Berry in 1985-86 (76).
For Georgetown, Otto Porter Jr. had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Markel Starks added 17 points.
Number crunch: St. John's shot 21-for-59 from the field (35.6 percent), 3-for-16 from beyond the arc and 6-for-16 from the foul line. Awful, awful and awful.
What's next: St. John's plays No. 17 Notre Dame on Tuesday at 7 p.m., again at the Garden. Georgetown hosts Providence on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
These two teams will meet again, in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m.