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St. John’s falters in overtime to Seton Hall, 81-74

Another close, but no cigar game sinks the Johnnies below .500.

Angel Delgado & Marvin Clark chase a loose ball
Wendell Cruz

A choppy, closely wrestled game of bruises and runs ended with a run of poor play in overtime, as the Red Storm lost their second straight game, 81-74, to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.

St. John’s falls to 14-15 and 3-13 in Big East play. The Johnnies are now in last place after DePaul’s win over Marquette in Chicago. Seton Hall improves to 20-9 and 9-7 in Big East play.

The game got off to a sluggish start with St. John’s settling for contested jump shots and minimal touches in the paint. Bashir Ahmed proved to be the exception early, as his 3 point play put a halt to an early Seton Hall 9-0 run.

Foul trouble kept Marvin Clark II out for a large stretch of the first half, but Clark was still able to make his impact known with a pair of thunderous dunks in the last four minutes of the half.

Shamorie Ponds struggled to get his offense going, finishing the half with 6 points (3-8 FG, 0-2 3PT), 1 rebound, and 1 assist.

Ahmed and Clark were able to pick up the slack and lead the way for the Red Storm in the first half with 8 points each off a combined 7-12 from the floor and 0-1 from three.

On the defensive end, the Red Storm struggled to contain Angel Delgado. Delgado was 5-6 from the floor in the first half for 10 points. Late in the first half, however, Owens’s physicality on Delgado forced the ball out of Delgado’s hands.

Additionally, Khadeen Carrington had a strong contribution from the perimeter finishing the half with 12 points off of 5-9 from the floor and 1-2 from three.

The Johnnies started the second half with a Marvin Clark turnover, but also very tough defense. The half-good, half-bad continued through the half, with stretches of inspired defense matched with hastily-taken shots by Ponds and others, misses followed up by Seton Hall shots.

The teams fought and wrestled all half. St. John’s held Seton Hall to only 2 points in the paint for the first 10 minutes in the second half.

The Johnnies looked sunk when they fell behind by four with just under three minutes left, outrebounded on the defensive glass and looking gassed. But Shamorie Ponds picked apart the Pirate zone with under a minute left and slashed to the basket for a layup for the tie.

After a Seton Hall timeout, Shamorie Ponds was called for a foul reaching in to a driving Myles Powell, giving the Seton Hall squad the lead.

To end regulation, Ponds got to the basket to tie the game at 68. On the following possession, Ponds got to the line to tie the game again at 70 forcing overtime.

After fighting to force overtime, St. John’s did not have much left in the tank. Seton Hall was able to get the ball into the paint at will, and St. John’s was not able to get good looks at the basket.

Ahmed missed the front end of a one-and-one that could have positioned St. John’s to be down only 1. After Seton Hall got the rebound with less than a minute left in overtime, St. John’s was unable foul early — both Shamorie Ponds was saddled with four fouls and yelling for his teammates to execute, as was Chris Mullin — and Seton Hall took the overtime win.

Seton Hall Pirates notes

Khadeen Carrington: 22 Points (7-16 FG, 2-5 3PT), 6 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 4 Turnovers

Myles Powell: 18 Points (5-17 FG, 1-11 3PT), 8 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 3 Turnovers

Angel Delgado: 14 Points (7-9 FG), 13 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 2 Turnovers

Ismael Sanogo and Myles Cale had 10 Points each

St. John’s Red Storm notes

Shamorie Ponds: 25 Points (9-22 FG, 0-6 3PT), 2 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 3 Turnovers

Marvin Clark II: 19 Points (8-12 FG, 3-5 3PT), 10 Rebounds, 3 Turnovers

Bashir Ahmed: 12 Points (4-11 FG, 0-3 3PT), 6 Rebounds, 1 Assist

Next for St. John’s is the home finale at Carnesecca Arena against Butler at 9 PM on Wednesday.