“It was a great crowd and I wish we would’ve gave them a little more to cheer about,” said head coach Chris Mullin. “I don’t know what else you’d rather do on a Saturday afternoon than play at Madison Square Garden.”
“I think the last two games we’ve been really flat,” he added. “That kind of bothers me more than anything. Mistakes are fine, missed free throws, bad fouls, that happens. It’s a 40-minute game, go play.”
Shamorie Ponds scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to go with six assists in the Johnnies’ first home loss of February.
Marvin Clark II recorded his first double-double with 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, while Bashir Ahmed was the third Red Storm player to record double-figures with 12 points to go along with six rebounds.
“Offensive rebounding hurt us, and that’s a group effort,” said Clark. “If we want to win games we are going to have to defend, that’s what we have to do to win.
Justin Simon added eight points, five assists and four rebounds in the Red Storm’s regular-season finale at The Garden.
St. John’s (14-15, 3-13) was scheduled to return to action on Wednesday against Butler at Carnesecca Arena, before wrapping up the season on the road at Providence. Tip off against Butler is scheduled for 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.