Tariq Owens registered his second double-double of the season, tallying 10 points, a career-high 12 rebounds, four rejections and two steals.
Six of the redshirt sophomore’s 12 boards came on the offensive glass, including a thunderous put-back dunk to spark a key run for the Johnnies at the end of the first half.
The freshman backcourt of Marcus LoVett and Shamorie Ponds excelled for the Red Storm (12-14, 6-7) once again, as LoVett recorded a game-high 19 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.
For the second straight week, he was named Big East Freshman Player of the Week.
Ponds added 17 points in addition to two steals and a couple of assists. Ponds, one of the league’s top three-point shooters, made his 63rd triple of the season, moving him into a tie with Phil Greene IV (2014-15) for eighth place on the St. John’s single-season record list.
Bashir Ahmed also finished in double figures for the Johnnies, narrowly missing a double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort from the charity stripe.
St. John’s will return to action on Wednesday night, traveling to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse for an 8:30 p.m. showdown with Butler.