NEW YORK -- Shamorie Ponds scored 21 points and Marcus Lovett scored 15 as St. John's muscled past CCSU 80-55 on Tuesday night.
Ponds scored 10 points at the foul line, out of 11 attempts, and had nine rebounds and three steals for the Red Storm (2-0). Lovett scored all 15 points, including three 3-pointers, before halftime when St. John's shot 50-percent from the field (16-32) and built a 43-27 lead at the break.
St. John's scored 31 points off 21 CCSU turnovers and outrebounded the Blue Devils 38-29. St. John's had 26 defensive boards. Justin Simon double-doubled with 11 rebounds, seven defensive, and 12 points.
CCSU had taken an 11-9 lead early but St. John's went on a 16-6 tear to lead 27-17 and kept going.
Tony Carr pumps up the crowd with his triple from the corner after Michigan left him open in the second half.
Look past the gloom and doom of Saint Mary's losing two of their past three teams, and dropping from No. 11 all the way to No. 22, and what the Gaels have is a 25-win team that still has a good chance to play into the second week of the NCAA Tournament.
After a missed Shockers' shot attempt, Shaquille Morris hits the hardwood and appears to be held down by Tulane's Samir Sehic under the hoop until the play is called dead at the other end.