St. John's falls to Penn State at MSG
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Playing its first game of the year at Madison Square Garden, St. John’s suffered a 92-76 loss at the hands of Penn State on Sunday in the ECAC Holiday Festival.

Malik Ellison paced the Red Storm (5-7), sinking eight of his 11 tries from the floor and five of his six chances from beyond the arc to finish with a game-high 22 points, a new career high.

Tariq Owens also tallied new career highs in scoring and rebounding, pouring in 11 points and grabbing 11 boards for his first collegiate double-double. The redshirt sophomore also recorded career-highs with three steals and three assists.

Reaching double figures for the 11th straight game, Shamorie Ponds tallied 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Marcus LoVett also reached double figures in his first game since December 2, netting 10 points. The redshirt freshman guard from Indiana missed the team’s last three games with an injury.

St. John’s was scheduled to return to action on Wednesday night, traveling to Syracuse for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Orange.

Women down Wagner

The St. John’s women’s basketball team limited Wagner (1-9) to just 20.6 percent shooting from the floor, as the Red Storm (7-3) cruised to a 62-34 victory at Carnesecca Arena Saturday afternoon.

With the win, St. John’s has now won five straight overall and 14 in a row against the Seahawks.

“I’m happy to get this win,” coach Joe Tartamella said. “I thought we played better in the second half than the first, which I didn’t think we really had a lot of energy coming out to start the game.”

As a team, the Red Storm sank 26 of its 62 shot attempts to finish the contest at a 41.9 percent clip. On the defensive side, St. John’s limited Wagner to just 13-of-63 from the floor, including 2-of-19 from behind the arc, in the Red Storm’s best defensive effort of the season.

Jade Walker led all players with 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The senior from New Jersey also brought down five rebounds and dished out a pair of assists.

Alisha Kebbe chipped in nine points in 16 minutes off the bench. Maya Singleton added eight points and eight rebounds in 28 minutes of action.

Kendyl Nunn set season-highs with seven points, two rebounds and two assists, while Jordan Agustus scored a career-best seven points and tied a career-high with six boards.

Overall, St. John’s dominated in the paint, outscoring the Seahawks, 34-18, down low. Additionally, St. John’s got a season-high 36 points off the bench, led by Kebbe’s nine and Singleton’s eight.

St. John’s was scheduled to return to action on Wednesday when it hosts James Madison in the team’s annual Field Trip Day game. The first tip is scheduled for 11 a.m.
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