Lamont Hamilton led St. John's with 17 points, but the Red Storm fell to visiting and 18th-ranked Duke Sunday at Madison Square Garden, 67-50.
A late surge by the Red Storm got the home team within 12 points in the second half, as St. John's out-scored the Blue Devils in the second period, 40-33. St. John's was much better from the field in the second stanza, hitting at a 50.0 percent clip (14-of-28). The Red Storm finished the game shooting 34 percent from the field after going 3-for-22 in the first half.
Anthony Mason Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds, while Avery Patterson and Eugene Lawrence netted seven and six, respectively.
"We got ourselves down too much in the first half," said St. John's head coach Norm Roberts. "We had some bunnies and a couple of open shots and we didn’t make them. Losing Mason in the first half with fouls really hurt our team because of lack of our depth. We did compete much harder in the second half. From that aspect that was good. We just can’t get ourselves down that much that early.”
Greg Paulus scored 19 points and DeMarcus Nelson added 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Blue Devils. Jon Scheyer had 11 points and David McClure grabbed seven rebounds to help the Blue Devils (22-7) win their fourth straight since a four-game losing streak knocked them out of the Top 25 for a time.
Paulus shot 6-for-10 from the field, including 5-for-7 on 3-pointers.
- St John's Media