“Statistically, they killed us on the boards,” said head coach Chris Mullin. “They had much more of an aggressive tone and dominated the first half. We did a little better in the second half, but the game was out of reach by then.”
Marcus LoVett led the way for St. John’s with 22 points, marking his seventh game this season with 20 or more points. The redshirt freshman also dished out a team-high four assists.
Bronx native Bashir Ahmed added 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Shamorie Ponds chipped in nine.
Ponds’ nine-point effort marked only the second time this season that the rookie from Brooklyn failed to reach double-figures, as he had recorded 19-straight games with 10-plus points.
The Red Storm whittled a 27-point deficit down to just 12 in the closing minutes of the contest, but could not overcome a 31 percent first-half shooting performance from the floor.
Seton Hall won the battle on the boards, collecting 45 rebounds to the Red Storm’s 33. Angel Delgado tallied the conference’s first 20-20 game since 2010, scoring 21 points and pulling down 20 boards.
“He looked like Moses Malone today,” said Mullin of Delgado. “He carves out space and keeps it. Anytime you get 20 points and 20 rebounds, you are doing a lot of good stuff.”
The Red Storm plays its second-straight road game on Wednesday night, traveling to Providence for a 6:30 p.m. matchup with the Friars.