Phil Greene IV and D’Angelo Harrison each reached career milestones on a night that the St. John’s men’s basketball team rallied to a hard fought, 83-70, road victory over Providence (13-5, 1-3) on Wednesday.
The Red Storm shot a sweltering 50.9 (27-of-53) from the field and a season-best 58.8 (10-of-17) from downtown en route to a double-digit victory at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the second-straight year.
“We had a good week of practice and as a result we were able to come out of here with a ‘W’,” said head coach Steve Lavin. “While this is one step in the right direction, we still have a long way to go."
Greene matched Harrison with a team-high 20 points and became the 49th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Harrison’s 20 points sent the four-year senior into third place on St. John’s career scoring list (1,930) surpassing Felipe Lopez (1994-98, 1,927).
The first 14 minutes of the contest featured seven ties and two lead changes before St. John’s (12-4, 1-3) unleashed a 16-1 run to open a 15-point lead on the Frairs.
Greene had nine of the Red Storm’s 16 points during the run. His milestone bucket came with 2:18 remaining in the stanza as he buried a triple from the corner. It gave St. John’s a 40-25 advantage. Greene had 12 of his 20 points at the break.
St. John’s led by as many as 17 points in the second half. But the Friars answered with a 16-2 run, fueled off the energy of 8,176 fans at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, trimming their deficit to three points with 10:13 to play.
Then after Ben Bental hit a jumper at 8:19 to keep it a three-point game, St. John’s put the game out of reach with a 12-3 run and led by double-digits nearly the rest of the way.
"Overall, we played a cohesive and complete game of basketball,” said Lavin. “The bench was instrumental in the first half and our veterans were good throughout."
St. John’s returns to action Sunday on the road against DePaul. Tip off with the Blue Demons is slated for 2:30 p.m..