EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Brian Laing scored 18 points, Jamar Nutter added 17 and the two led a 26-6 second-half run that carried Seton Hall to a 79-63 victory over St. John's on Thursday night.
Larry Davis added 17 points and Eugene Harvey 16 points and eight assists for Seton Hall (10-5, 2-1 Big East), which shot 52 percent from the field in the second half and limited St. John's (10-6, 1-2) to 32 percent.Anthony Mason Jr. matched his career high with 22 points to lead the Red Storm. Lamont Hamilton added 13. However, the two combined for only 10 points in the second half.Laing had 10 points and Nutter nine in the big spurt that turned a 43-43 deficit with 18:07 to play into a 69-50 lead with 3:08 to go.During the spurt, St. John's shot 3-for-17 from the field with six turnovers.Nutter gave the Pirates the lead at 45-44 with a layup and then pushed it to three points with two free throws. Davis set up Laing for a dunk before Mason scored on a slam of his own for a 49-46 Seton Hall lead.Seton Hall scored the next 10 points. Laing hit a jumper to start it and Harvey and Stan Gaines followed with layups. Fastbreaks by Laing and Nutter pushed the margin to 59-46 and the Red Storm never recovered.