St. John’s was seconds away from its first Big East victory of the season until the game went awry Saturday.
Instead of beating Georgetown on the road for the first time since 2003, the Red Storm fell, 93-89, in double overtime at Capital One Arena in Washington.
The first miscue came when St. John’s fouled Marcus Derrickson on a three-point attempt with 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime. He hit all three foul shots to cut St. John’s lead to two points.
After the Red Storm’s Shamorie Ponds (33 points, eight assists) missed one of two free throws with 14 seconds remaining, Derrickson struck again. His three-pointer with four seconds left tied the score at 79 and forced a second overtime.
The Hoyas (13-6, 3-5 Big East) scored the first six points of the second overtime and dropped the Red Storm to 10-10, 0-8.
“This was as extreme as it gets,” coach Chris Mullin said on the team’s website. “We fouled a three-point shooter, then we went to the line with a chance to go up four, and then the next three made . . . I don’t know what to say about that.”
Derrickson had 27 points and 11 rebounds — including 16 points in the two overtimes — and that clutch trey at the end of OT was the only one he hit in six attempts.
There was no timeout called before Derrickson’s tying shot, which Mullin said made it more difficult to foul with a three-point lead rather than allow Derrickson to tie the score.
“Not coming out of a timeout, it’s kind of hard to get these guys’ attention on the way up, but ideally, yeah,” he said about fouling. “I love to foul in that situation. Once that guy gets behind that three, on the way up the court ideally, but again, sometimes it’s hard to relay that message not coming out of a timeout. Philosophically, yeah, I like to foul in that situation. No question.
“Do you do it earlier? Yes. What happens after that, who knows, but philosophically, that’s what I like to do. We couldn’t get the message over there coming off the free throw. [Derrickson] just made a highly contested shot.”
Ponds stole the ball and hit a three-pointer with three seconds remaining in the second overtime to cut Georgetown’s lead to 91-89, but Jagan Mosley made two free throws with one second remaining to secure the win.
Ponds scored eight of his points in the second OT and had six rebounds in 49 minutes. Tariq Owens added 17 points, Marvin Clark II had 15 and Justin Simon added eight points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
St. John’s is 8-36 in Big East play in two-plus seasons since Mullin took over, and this loss was particularly tough.
“Right now, for sure,” he said. “Right after this tough loss, it stings. Again, some things we can clean up. It’s a test, it’s definitely a test. We got to keep battling, work through it, believe in each other, keep the faith, stay diligent, and we’ll get there.”