In the first game of the Big East Conference schedule, St. John's failed to extend their win streak of 7 games as they lost against Seton Hall, 78-67, at the Prudential Center. D`Angelo Harrison was the leading scorer for the Johnnies as he put up 25 points while Rysheed Jordan added 11 points off the bench. Phil Greene IV also added 13 for the Johnnies.
Chris Obekpa, 7 points, and Sir`Dominic Pointer, 4 points, struggled to make plays and were non-factors for stretches when the Red Storm needed them.
Sterling Gibbs and Jaren Sina caught fire late in the first half and that carried over for the rest of the game as they combined for 39 points and 9 made three pointers. Every time the Red Storm tried to creep back in the game in the second half Gibbs or Sina would hit a big shot.
In the first half, both teams shot above 50 percent but the Pirates controlled the paint with Angel Delgado and Brandon Mobley. They out-rebounded St. John's and they also attacked the rim offensively, drawing fouls that eventually put their team in the bonus with 11:09 left in the opening half.
In the final two minutes, the Pirates went on an 8-0 run that awoke the crowd and gave Seton Hall a five-point lead at the break.
The momentum from that 8-0 run was unstoppable after the break. The Pirates seemed to run their offense at ease against a St. John's team that has been incredible on defense all season.
The Johnnies never backed down, cutting the lead down to two after Greene hit a couple of threes along with Branch's And 1 but it wasn't enough to take down the Pirates.
Seton Hall shot 46 percent from the field and shot 44 percent from three. St. John's only shot 43 percent while they did not knock down the three ball, only 25 percent.
Seton Hall freshman guard, Isaiah Whitehead, did not play because of a stress fracture in his foot. The Pirates did not fail without their star freshman, picking up a marquee win at the beginning of conference play.
The Johnnies' next game will be a physical matchup against the Butler Bulldogs at Carnesseca Arena on Saturday at 4 pm as St. John's tries to get back on the winning track.