From The Time Machine: St. John's vs. Providence, the even matchup

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St. John’s is in a good place coming off its win Saturday against Marquette and they will seek to exact revenge tonight against Providence.

The schools routinely play close games against each other. Providence owns a two-game winning streak against the Johnnies and has won the games by a combined four points.

Since 1981, St. John’s owns the series by just one game at 30-29. The average score in those games is just as close with the Johnnies owning a 72-71 edge.

January 16, 2014: Providence 84, St. John’s 83 (2OT)

Rumble recap

This one was of the tougher losses this season for St. John’s because the team overcame a double-digit deficit in the first half, led the game late in regulation, and even held a lead in each overtime period. In the end, however, Providence forced Max Hooper into a turnover on an inbounds play with 25 seconds left and Bryce Cotton eventually hit the game-winner for the Friars before a last-second attempt from Phil Greene IV went long.

The loss put St. John’s at 0-5 to start Big East play. The Johnnies eventually ended that streak two games later against Seton Hall.

Six Johnnies scored in double figures. JaKarr Sampson led the way with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Greene finished with 15 points while D`Angelo Harrison had 14 points, 10 of which came in the last five minutes of regulation and the overtime periods.

Cotton, who came into the game as the second leading scorer in the conference, had 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. He was the one who tied up Hooper under the Providence basket.

Tyler Harris finished with 18 point for the Friars.

March 3, 2013: Providence 62, St. John’s 59

Rumble recap

Cotton put on a clinic from beyond the arc as he hit five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 24 points.

St. John’s played this game without D`Angelo Harrison, who was suspended for the rest of the season the day before. The Johnnies could’ve used him at the end of this game as Sir`Dominic Pointer missed a layup with eight seconds left.

Pointer did finish with a double-double at 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Sampson finished with 22 points.

December 27, 2011: St. John’s 91, Providence 67

Rumble recap

Moe Harkless had a record-setting night in the Red Storm’s last win in this series.

Harkless scored 32 points on 14-for-17 shooting as he set the all-time Big East scoring record for a freshman playing in his first conference game. Allen Iverson and Troy Murphy shared the previous record, which was 30 points. Harkless also had 13 rebounds.

Harkless’ fellow freshman, Harrison, scored 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

Gerard Coleman paced Providence with 20 points.

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