Barnes Arico, who broke the record for coaching wins at St. John’s with 169, becomes the first coach to defeat the Scarlet Knights twice during the regular season since Syracuse’s Quentin Hillsman did it in 2010. St. John’s defeated then-No. 7 Rutgers at Carnesecca Arena, 62-57, on January 17.
Although St. John’s has defeated three ranked opponents this season, it was St. John’s first road upset since January 23, 2007, when the Red Storm defeated then-No. 23 Pittsburgh, 79-69.
With the victory, St. John’s (17-8, 9-3) has won its last five-straight Big East road games and extends its current winning streak to four games. Rutgers (17-7, 6-5) has lost its last four games.
This season, St. John’s is the only team not in the top 10 to defeat Rutgers on its home court. Rutgers’ only other losses at the Louis Brown Athletic Center were against No. 2 Notre Dame and then-No. 6 Tennessee. The last time Rutgers lost to a team outside of the top 10 at home was against then-No. 18 St. John’s on February 24, 2010, the Red Storm’s last visit to the RAC.
Junior point guard and New Jersey native Nadirah McKenith led the Red Storm with 18 points, connecting on 11-for-13 free throws, including seven in the final five minutes to help secure the Red Storm’s victory. Rutgers had pulled within four points in the last 47 seconds of the game, but McKenith held on with her success at the line.
The Red Storm will have six days off before traveling to face No. 3 Connecticut at Gampell Pavilion on Saturday, February 18. St. John’s will be looking for its sixth-straight BIG EAST road victory and fourth upset of the season against the Huskies.