St. John’s falls on road to tough Minnesota team
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Trailing by as many as 16 near the midway mark of the second half, the Red Storm whittled the Minnesota (4-0) lead down to as little as three points, but the Johnnies were unable to close the gap as the Golden Gophers held on for a 92-86 victory on Friday night in Minneapolis.

Marcus LoVett led St. John’s (2-1) in scoring for the second-straight game, pouring in 31 points and dishing out a team-high five assists.

LoVett’s effort proved good enough for the highest point total by a St. John’s freshman since Moe Harkless scored 32 against Providence on December 27, 2011.

With 23 points and eight boards, Shamorie Ponds narrowly missed notching a double-double for the second-consecutive contest.

Both eclipsing the 20-point mark for the second-straight game, LoVett and Ponds became the first St. John’s freshmen to record 20 or more in consecutive games since D’Angelo Harrison accomplished the feat in February of 2012 against UCLA and DePaul.

Bashir Ahmed registered his first career double-double in just his third Division I game, recording 15 points and 10 rebounds.

St. John’s was due back in action at The Battle 4 Atlantis, taking on Michigan State on November 23 at 7 p.m.

Women fall to Miami

Taking on the 22nd-ranked team in the nation, the St. John’s women’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought 62-50 decision to Miami at Carnesecca Arena on Sunday night.

“I thought we played really well in stretches and had a tremendous third quarter,” said coach Joe Tartamella. “Unfortunately we found a way, for the second game in a row, to come up empty in the second half.”

The Hurricanes opened the fourth with a 7-0 run to take a 50-47 advantage midway through the quarter. From there, the Miami defense held the Red Storm to just three points in the final five minutes of the game.

Sophomore Akina Wellere led all players with a career-high 19 points in 31 minutes of action. The Chicago native hit 7-of-12 from the floor, including 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc, both career-highs.

Maya Singleton tallied eight points in 22 minutes of play off the bench. The junior also grabbed four rebounds and came away with a pair of steals. Junior Imani Littleton pulled down a season-best eight boards and added two assists and two blocks in 22 minutes.

St. John’s returns to action when it takes part in the South Point Thanksgiving Shoot Out in Las Vegas. The Johnnies will take on Virginia on Friday at 6:30 p.m. before squaring off with Arizona State on Saturday at 4 p.m.
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