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St. John's runs into another Georgetown roadblock

St. John's D'Angelo Harrison takes the inside during

St. John's D'Angelo Harrison takes the inside during first half action against Georgetown on Feb. 16, 2014. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

WASHINGTON - The members of St. John's senior class -- D'Angelo Harrison, Sir'Dominic Pointer, Phil Greene and Jamal Branch -- will remember Georgetown as the Big East bully that pushed them around every time they visited the Verizon Center, which coach Steve Lavin described as "a house of horrors."

Not only did they suffer their fourth straight loss in as many tries there Tuesday night, but they did it in ignominious fashion. Harrison and Rysheed Jordan, the Red Storm's top two scorers, totaled eight points and shot a combined 1-for-15 from the field as the Hoyas won in a rout, 79-57.

Harrison, who is the third-leading scorer in St. John's history, scored 24 points as a freshman in Washington, but he had two points and shot 0-for-9 as a sophomore, four on 1-for-12 as a junior and had five points -- all foul shots -- on another 0-for-9 night as a senior. Jordan totaled three points and shot 1-for-6.

Greene topped the Red Storm (17-9, 6-7 Big East) with 18 points and Pointer had 16 points and eight rebounds. Five Hoyas had 12 points: L.J. Peak, Mikael Hopkins, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Isaac Copeland and Josh Smith. The Hoyas outrebounded St. John's 43-33 and held the Storm to 32.8-percent shooting.

Harrison was not at full speed with strains in both calf muscles, but Georgetown's physical defense and size advantage wore him down.

"When we play them at our house, he's fine," Pointer said of Harrison. "For some reason, at the Verizon Center, he doesn't get off a lot of shots. When he's not scoring, it hurts us. He can't be taking shots once every five minutes. That's not how you get in rhythm."

The Red Storm arrived in Washington riding a three-game Big East winning streak to reach .500 in league play. But St. John's now has a 10-game road losing streak to the Hoyas, having last won here on Jan. 18, 2003.

Harrison and Jordan were scoreless in the first half, and Jordan drew a technical foul in the midst of a 16-1 Georgetown run that gave the Hoyas a 31-20 lead. St. John's shot 0-for-8 during that span and committed four of its 12 first-half turnovers. The Red Storm shot 29.6 percent in the opening half, which ended with Georgetown ahead 33-23.

The Hoyas blew it open by scoring on their first seven possessions of the second half, including three dunks and three three-pointers, in a 16-7 run for a 49-30 lead. Not only did Jordan have a poor shooting night, he committed five of St. John's 15 turnovers. "Turnovers were damaging because they lead to easy baskets going the other way," Pointer said. "I had four myself."

Lavin removed Harrison early to conserve his health for a three-game homestand that starts against Seton Hall Saturday at Carnesecca Arena. "At this stage of the year, it's about having a short memory," Lavin said. "We have to turn our energies to Seton Hall . . . If we take care of business on our home court, it bodes well for us."

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