St. John’s shot 56.7 percent after the break and committed just one turnover as part of a 44-point second half effort, but a 42-16 halftime deficit proved too much to overcome as the Red Storm was defeated by Georgetown, 77-60.
Max Hooper drained 4-of-5 3-pointers and scored a team-high 13 points to lead St. John’s (9-5), while Sir’Dominic Pointer finished with 11 points, three blocks and three steals in his first start this season. D’Angelo Harrison went just 1-of-12 from the floor and finished with four points, his first game not reaching double-figures since Feb. 24, 2013, against Pittsburgh.
The Red Storm shot just 21.4 percent (6-of-28) and committed 10 turnovers in the opening stanza.
“Our effort and execution were better in the second half, but this league is too strong to not compete for 40 minutes,” said St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin.
St. John’s dropped to 0-2 in Big East play, losing to Xavier, 70-60, on the road New Year’s Eve.
“We’re now 0-2 like Georgetown was at this point last year, and we will turn our attention to preparing for a very good Villanova team,” said Lavin. “Clearly we need to put two halves together if we expect to be able to win.”
Georgetown led by as many as 33 in the second half, including a 59-26 lead with 13:15 to play. The Hoyas still led 62-32 at the 11:22 mark before back-to-back Phil Greene IV jumpers capped a 14-3 run that brought St. John’s to within 19 at 65-46.
After Georgetown pushed its lead back up to 24 points at 71-47, the Red Storm answered again as a Hooper 3 capped a 13-4 run that made it a 15-point ballgame with 24 seconds to play.
January 11 marks the 108th meeting between St. John’s and its most-frequently played opponent, No. 11 Villanova. The Big East matchup is one of seven at The Garden.