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St. John’s held to 5 FGs in 2nd half in loss to Georgetown

Shamorie Ponds #2 of the St. John's Red

Shamorie Ponds #2 of the St. John's Red Storm drives to the basket against the Creighton Bluejays during an NCAA basketball game at Carnesecca Arena in Queens on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Steven Ryan

WASHINGTON — St. John’s struggled offensively and defensively and was blown out by Georgetown, 83-55, Monday night at the Verizon Center.

The Hoyas went on a 22-2 run, spanning halftime, to take control. St. John’s didn’t make its second field goal of the second half until Marcus LoVett’s three-pointer with 9:17 left and the Red Storm’s fifth and final basket of the half came with 22.2 seconds left on Malik Ellison’s dunk.

St. John’s, which trailed 44-37 at halftime, scored 18 points in the second half, shooting 5-for-25 with 11 turnovers.

“I have to give their defense credit,” St. John’s coach Chris Mullin said. “I thought we had some decent looks and missed some dunks in the first half, but I felt pretty good being down seven the way we were playing. In the second half our energy and effort on both sides wasn’t there. We had some decent outings where offensively we were good and the defense struggled, but tonight it was both, especially in the second half.”

Rodney Pryor and Jagan Mosely each scored 13 points for Georgetown (9-8, 1-4).

Shamorie Ponds scored 12 points, shooting 3-for-11, for St. John’s (8-10, 2-3), which shot 27.6 percent from the floor as it struggled against Georgetown’s zone.

“If you don’t make shots you’re going to have trouble against anything.” Mullin said. “We’ve actually been pretty good against the zone. It’s the defense we do well against; we shoot the ball pretty well. It was a total collapse tonight.”

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