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St. John's Amir Garrett tries to get past (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

St. John's Amir Garrett tries to get past Fordham's Ryan Canty. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's 58, Fordham 47

St. John's defeated Fordham, 58-47, in the first game of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

St. John's JaKarr Sampson tries to get past
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St. John's JaKarr Sampson tries to get past a Fordham defender. (Dec. 8, 2012)

Fordham head coach Tom Pecora signals to his
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Fordham head coach Tom Pecora signals to his team during a game against St. John's. (Dec. 8, 2012)

Fordham head coach Tom Pecora looks on during
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Fordham head coach Tom Pecora looks on during a game against St. John's. (Dec. 8, 2012)

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St. John's D'Angelo Harrison shoots over Fordham's Jermaine
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St. John's D'Angelo Harrison shoots over Fordham's Jermaine Myers. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's Amir Garrett elevates over Fordham's Ryan
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St. John's Amir Garrett elevates over Fordham's Ryan Canty. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's Amir Garrett tries to get past
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St. John's Amir Garrett tries to get past Fordham's Ryan Canty. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's JaKarr Sampson slam dunks the ball
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St. John's JaKarr Sampson slam dunks the ball during a game against Fordham. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's Phil Greene hits a shot for
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St. John's Phil Greene hits a shot for two during a game against Fordham. (Dec. 8, 2012)

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Fordham head coach Tom Pecora yells to his
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Fordham head coach Tom Pecora yells to his team during a game against St. John's. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's JaKarr Sampson tries to regain control
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St. John's JaKarr Sampson tries to regain control of the ball during a game against Fordham. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's D'Angelo Harrison takes a shot from
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St. John's D'Angelo Harrison takes a shot from outside during a game against Fordham. (Dec. 8, 2012)

Fordham head coach Tom Pecora yells to his
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Fordham head coach Tom Pecora yells to his team during a game against St. John's. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's JaKarr Sampson slams dunks the ball
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St. John's JaKarr Sampson slams dunks the ball during a game against Fordham. (Dec. 8, 2012)

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St. John's Phil Greene takes a shot from
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St. John's Phil Greene takes a shot from outside during a game against Fordham. (Dec. 8, 2012)

St. John's Amir Garrett hits a shot from
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St. John's Amir Garrett hits a shot from outside during a game against Fordham. (Dec. 8, 2012)

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