2019-02-13 / Front Page

St. John’s Drops BIG EAST game at MSG TO Providence

By Alex Garrett and Dan Miller

Bryan Trimble III spots up for three against the Providence College Friars at MadisonMSGSquare Garden on Sat. February 9thPhoto Dan Miller/DMD ImagesBryan Trimble III spots up for three against the Providence College Friars at MadisonMSGSquare Garden on Sat. February 9thPhoto Dan Miller/DMD ImagesJust off a dramatic one-point 70-69 win on the road to10th-Ranked Marquette, St. John’s (3rd in BIG EAST),looked poised to continue that one big win back home at the Garden. Facing Providence College, the Johnnies forced five turnovers within the first three minutes of the game! Things were looking up from their fast good defense start.

In fact, the Johnnies defense would force 14 Friar turnovers at the World’s Most Famous Arena, but in the second half the Friars (14-10, 4-7) scored 39 points to The Red Storm’s that handed the game to them by a final score of 70-56 sending St. John’s (17-6, 5-6) To it’s 6th Loss out of the last 9 games giving Coach Chris Mullins something to worry about. His previous 4 years have been less than stellar and he needs this year to show the university that their investment in him was the right choice.

On the brighter side, junior Shamorie Ponds, from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, made incredible shots over the back side at the hoop, leading the Red Storm with 20 points , after clinching the victory against the Marquette Golden Eagles . His play over the last week earned him a spot on the Big East honor roll , averaging 24 points a game and 6.5 rebounds! Ponds did have help on Saturday, February 9th,  with LJ Figueroa scoring 14 points on the afternoon but the second half was all Providence and their production was not enough to avoid the loss.

The efforts of Ponds and Figueroa were outmatched by Providence’s Nate Watson (18 points) , Isaiah Jackson (12 points) and David Duke (11 points).

Providence led by (2) at the half, 31-29, Duke layed it up and in and the pendulum swung in the second stanza with Ed Cooley and the Providence College Friars leading the game from there.


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