St. John’s 65, Georgetown 58
NEW YORK (AP)—Daryll Hill scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half to lead short-handed St. John’s to its first Big East Conference victory of the season, a 65-58 upset of Georgetown on Wednesday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak and was the first for St. John’s since six players were suspended for breaking curfew and going to a strip club after a loss at Pittsburgh on Feb. 4.
Kyle Cuffe had 15 points and Andre Stanley added 13 for the Red Storm (6-16, 1-10), who had only five scholarship players in the lineup against Georgetown. With the win, St. John’s avoided becoming the third team to go winless during a Big East schedule. Providence was 0-6 in 1979-80, while Miami lost all 18 Big East games in 1993-94.
After the incident in Pittsburgh, leading rebounder Grady Reynolds was expelled, leading scorer Elijah Ingram withdrew from the university, and St. John’s judicial board suspended Abe Keita from school for one year.
Mohamed Diakite and Lamont Hamilton were suspended from the team through the end of the season, while freshman Tyler Jones was reinstated Friday after being suspended for two games.
Jones didn’t start, but played 19 minutes and scored two points on 1-for-7 shooting.
Brandon Bowman scored 20 points to lead the Hoyas (13-9, 4-7), who lost their third straight on a four-game road trip that concludes Saturday at Miami.
Trailing 28-24 at halftime, Georgetown opened the second half with a 6-2 run to tie it, capped by Bowman’s dunk at 17:37. But St. John’s went on a 16-7 run behind Hill’s six points to take a 46-37 lead with 8:40 left.
The Hoyas closed to 52-47 on Gerald Riley’s 3-pointer with 3:26 left.
Hill made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:31 left and St. John’s scored six unanswered points to gain its largest lead, 58-47, with 1:02 remaining.