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9-0, 1st in Big East

Ponds scores 26 and St. John's goes to 9-0

Shomorie Ponds scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half and combined with Justin Simon for nine points in a game-ending run as undefeated St. John's fended off Princeton 89-74 on Sunday at the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival.


St. John's beats Maryland-Eastern Shore 85-64

LJ Figueroa had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Mustapha Heron added 20 points and nine boards and St. John's ran away early from Maryland-Eastern Shore to win its sixth straight, 85-64 on Tuesday night.


Ponds' shot gives St. John's tournament title

Shamorie Ponds scored 35 points, including a running floater with 4.8 seconds left in overtime to lift St. John's to an 87-86 victory over VCU for the championship of the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night.


St. John's blows by Rutgers

Mustapha Heron had a game-high 27 points, including four-of-five from beyond the arc while LJ Figueroa had 23 points, including 14 points on four-of-five from 3-point land in the first half, to lead St. John's past Rutgers 84-65.

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Transfer Heron gets waiver to play for St. John's

Transfer Mustapha Heron, who averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Auburn last season, received a waiver to play immediately for St. John's.

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195dJeff Borzello

Auburn transfer Heron heading to St. John's

Guard Mustapha Heron, a transfer from Auburn, announced Thursday that he's committed to St. John's. Sources tell ESPN's Jeff Borzello that Heron will apply for a hardship waiver in order to play immediately.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

St. John's coach Chris Mullin, on the scuffle in the postgame handshake line with Xavier: "I didn't see anything."

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier coach Chris Mack, on the scuffle with St. John's in the postgame handshake line: "I'm not gonna throw anybody under the bus. A couple guys didn't want to shake hands." Didn't want to elaborate much beyond that.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier advances to the Big East tourney semis, 88-60 over St. John's. Musketeers got hot from beyond the arc in the second half, and steamrolled the Red Storm. A brief scuffle in the postgame handshake line, after Xavier continued to pour it on in the final couple minutes, but it was broken up quickly.

Macura's 3 pumps up Xavier bench (0:32)

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier 33, St. John's 29 at halftime of the first Big East tourney quarterfinal. No big surprise — these teams played two close games in the regular season, and the Red Storm have wins over Duke and Villanova. Shamorie Ponds with just four points, 1–6 from the field. Justin Simon and Trevon Bluiett the leading scorers with 12 and nine, respectively.

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

St. John's could go from 15% chance to make the tournament to 77% with a win over Xavier per espn.com/bpi . St. John's is only 16-16 but already has the best pair of wins in the country per BPI (Duke & at Villanova).

Team Stats

Points Per Game83.1
Rebounds Per Game34.1
Assists Per Game15.2
Points Allowed71.9Tied-191st

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Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record27-31
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances29