St. Johns (Red Storm, 14,983 students, Queens, NY) 93, #3 DUKE 78 – And it wasn’t really that close.
Despite their penchant for knocking off ranked teams under the new regime of former UCLA coach Steve Lavin, the 12-8 Red Storm seemed like a bad matchup for a CBS Sunday afternoon matinee.
That said, the Johnnies (13-8) dominated the Blue Devils and earned their third win against a ranked opponent at the Garden this season. Duke’s loss continued the weekend of misery for members of the Top 25. On Saturday, four teams in the top 10 and 11 ranked teams overall lost.
The Red Storm, who had lost three straight and five of six, took control early and had a 46-25 lead at halftime. Duke (19-2), which came into the game shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, missed its first 10 shots from behind the arc and made one of 13 in the half.
The Blue Devils’ overall shooting wasn’t a whole lot better as they shot 29.6 percent (8 of 27) in the half—they entered the game shooting 48.1 percent from the field—and they were careless with the ball as well, committing 11 turnovers, one off their season average for a game. (Game over.)
There was plenty of praise to go around for the Red Storm, who gave the Big East a 6-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 this season. They were 16 of 28 from the field (57.1 percent) in the first half, well above the 45.2 percent the Red Storm were shooting coming into the game.
Dwight Hardy had 26 points for St. John’s, while Justin Brownlee had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Paris Horne added 15 points and six assists. St. John’s shot 58.2 percent for the game (32 of 55) and was 26 of 33 from the free throw line.
Nolan Smith led Duke with 32 points and Kyle Singler added 20. Duke finished 5 of 26 from 3-point range—they missed 21 of the first 22 attempts—and had 17 turnovers.
MARYLAND 74, GEORGIA TECH 63 – Jordan made a strong return to his double-double form to lead Maryland’s relentless inside attack as the Terps beat Georgia Tech.
Williams had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Maryland (14-7, 4-3 ACC). The Terps improved to 3-1 in road conference games and have won three straight overall.
Williams’ string of 13 straight double-doubles ended when he was held to four points and six rebounds in the Terrapins’ 66-42 win at Virginia on Thursday night.
Williams, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, needed only a little more than 2 minutes against Georgia Tech (10-10, 3-4) to top his scoring total against Virginia. He scored Maryland’s first three baskets.
Glen Rice led Georgia Tech with 16 points. Iman Shumpert, coming off his first career triple-double, had 12 points.
VIRGINIA TECH 72, MIAMI 68 – Jeff Allen had 18 points and 11 rebounds, including three straight baskets for Virginia Tech in the second half as the Hokies beat Miami Sunday night.
Erick Green added 15 points and Malcolm Delaney had 14 for the Hokies (14-6, 4-3 ACC), who had to hold on at the finish to win for the 10th time in 12 games.
The Hurricanes (12-9, 1-6) lost their fourth in a row, but their combined margins of defeat in those games total only 11 points.
Durand Scott scored 21 points and Malcolm Grant 14 for Miami, three in the second half.
The Hurricanes closed to within a point with 2:54 left, setting off a wild finish, but Green hit three key free throws in the last 3 minutes and the Hokies held on.