St. John's Clips Marquette, 67-51
March 4, 2015
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Rysheed Jordan scored 23 points and led four players in double digits as St. John's beat Marquette 67-51 on Wednesday night.
Jordan was 6 of 11 from the field including five 3-pointers. D'Angelo Harrison added 21 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Red Storm (21-9, 10-7 Big East Conference). Phil Greene IV had 11 points and eight rebounds and Sir'Dominic Pointer had 10 points and grabbed 13 boards. The team finished shooting 23 of 59 (39 percent) from the field, including 12 of 24 (50 percent) from distance.
Harrison sank three 3-pointers early in the second half and Jordan hit another midway to extend the Red Storm's 34-27 halftime advantage to 53-41 with 8:42 to play. Harrison and Jordan teamed up for back-to-back 3s with 2:07 remaining to seal the win.
Matt Carlino led the Golden Eagles (11-18, 3-14) with 17 points.
St. John's began the game hitting just one-of-seven three's. Following the 7:42 mark in the first half, the Red Storm knocked down three of their next six attempts entering halftime.
Rysheed Jordan, who averages 13.6 points per game, tallied 13 first-half points by hitting 2-of-4 three's and 3-of-4 free throws. Jordan finished with a game-high 23 points.
Steve Taylor, Jr. grabbed seven rebounds in 11 first-half minutes, his most in a game since Jan. 28 vs. Seton Hall. He finished the contest with 17, including six offensive, marking a new career-high. His total was the most by an MU player in BIG EAST play since Lazar Hayward had 17 vs. DePaul on Jan. 24, 2009.
MU was held without a field goal for 6:42 in the second half, until Matt Carlino's bucket broke the drought at the 9:57 mark. During the stretch, SJU went on a 10-0 run and took a 50-36 lead.
Carlino totaled a team-high 17, nine of which came in the second half.
D'Angelo Harrison finished with 21, 16 of which came in the second stanza on 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
Sir'Dominic Pointer, the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week, posted his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. The senior also tallied seven assists.
Four of SJU's five starters registered double-digit scoring performances. Phil Greene, IV, Harrison, Pointer, and Jordan played all 40 minutes.
St. John's tallied 15 points off 14 MU turnovers compared to the Golden Eagles' five point off 13 SJU turnovers.
The Red Storm grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, including four from Pointer, and scored 15 second-chance points.
MU's bench outscored SJU's, 11-0.
The Golden Eagles finished 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from the free throw line, its lowest mark of the season.
St. John's won its fourth consecutive game and has now won seven of its last eight contests.
Marquette celebrated "Al's Night" in honor of legendary coach Al McGuire who manned the sidelines from 1964-1977, which included winning the 1977 NCAA National Championship. McGuire, a New York City native, played three seasons at St. John's from 1948-1951.
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