St. John’s rolls past Villanova for second shocker in five days

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By Ken Cross

St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds followed up his 33-point effort in Saturday’s 81-77 win over Duke with 26 points as he led the Red Storm to their second shocking upset in five days, downing Villanova, 79-75, on Wednesday evening.

Bashir Ahmed’s layup with 16:59 remaining gave the Red Storm the lead at 43-41 and they would never trail again.  SJU went on a quick 9-2 run to push the lead to 50-43 and had the answer every time Villanova knocked.

The Wildcats’ Collin Gillespie nailed a triple with 25 seconds remaining to cut the St. John’s lead to 74-73, but Ponds and Marvin Clark iced the game with five free throws afterward.

It was the Red Storm’s first Big East win after an 0-11 start as they have been without guard Marcus Lovett, the team’s second leading scorer.  It was also the Johnnies’ first win over a No. 1 team in 33 years as coach Chris Mullin was the star of the squad.

Villanova played without Eric Paschall who was out with a concussion as well as Phil Booth, who was sidelined Jan. 24 with a bone fracture in his right hand.  Paschall is the leading three-point marksman in the Big East as he has netted 54.8 percent of his tries.  Villanova was 8-of-33 from behind the arc as it never found a rhythm.







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