Georgetown losing streak extended to three games thanks to St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds, who led the Red Storm to a 86-80 victory on Saturday.
Ponds, a New York native, scored 24 points points on 10-15 shooting to help St. John’s end it’s two-game losing skid. In addition to his stellar outing, Ponds became the third freshman in St. John’s (13-16, 7-9 Big East) history to score 500 points in a season.
Bashir Ahmed, and Frederico Mussini scored 16 points each, while point guard Marcus Lovett tallied 11 points and four assists. St. John’s shot 44 percent from the floor and a solid 53 percent from deep.
Georgetown saw four players score in double figure in the loss. Graduate transfer Rodney Pryor had 22 points, five rebounds, four assists, two blocks and knocked down five three-pointers. L.J Peak tallied 20 points, Jessie Govan scored 13 points and Kaleb Johnson registered 11 points.
The Hoyas (14-15, 9-11 Big East) shot 52.9 percent from the field, but committed 22 turnovers. Georgetown managed to outrebound St. John’s 36-29.
St. John’s got out in front early, taking a 29-13 lead in the middle of the first half. Momentum shifted when the Hoyas went on a 19-0 run, which gave them a 32-29 advantage. Georgetown went into halftime clinging on to a 36-35 lead.
The Red Storm took a 48-41 lead in the second half after Ahmed nailed a three-pointer. Georgetown never led after that point.
- The Hoyas will conclude the regular season when they face national powerhouse Villanova at the Verizon Center on Mar. 4. Georgetown still sits in ninth place in the Big East standings.