St John’s Wins a Wild One Over Georgetown

Photo Credit Steve Ryan Newsday

NEW YORK – Wednesday marked the start of the 35th Big EAST Tournament from the worlds most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. With two of the conferences oldest teams, Georgetown and St. John’s, pitted against each other in a old school Big EAST brawl. A physically demanding game, including a huge scrum that featured not only the players going at it but Chris Mullin and John Thompson III as well.

This game was a Big EAST game of old with a championship environment. After a game that felt like a finals matchup, St. John’s pulled out a 74 -73 win after a Tariq Owens block at the buzzer. Shamorie Ponds led the way for the Red Storm with 17 points and 5 rebounds. L.J. Peak had 24 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists for Georgetown.

Three Takeaways:

  1. The Future is bright for St. John’s: Even though Marcus LoVett only had 4 points, he and Ponds showed exactly why the future is extremely bright for the Johnnies. These two guards could be the best back court combo in the conference in due time. Aside from the guards, big man Tariq Owens is an emotional leader with a motor. Add the two wing transfers in Justin Simon (Arizona) and Marvin Clark Jr. (Michigan State) to returning junior Bashir Ahmed and the Johnnies won’t be playing on the first day of the Big EAST tournament for much longer.
  2. Georgetown let down: Disappointment is the only word you can use to describe Georgetown’s season this year. A team with that much talent simply should do better than they did this year. With Issac Copeland transferring mid-year and Rodney Pryor set to graduate, who will pick up the slack for the Hoyas? Jessie Govan is a weapon, as is L.J. Peak and Jagen Mosely is a nice piece to have. With top 50 point guard Tremont Waters (Notre Dame High School, CT) set to join the roster, the Hoyas can only go up from here.
  3. Day One Atmosphere: When people say the Big EAST Tournament isn’t the best conference tournament in the nation, my mind is blown. If you could find me a day one crowd as great as the one that was put out today I will be shocked. This game felt like a finals match up, with a near fight breaking out after a foul, which had Chris Mullin running across the court. The Big East tournament brings out the best in teams and fans. If you have never been, you are missing out.

St. John’s will be back at the Garden tomorrow when they take on the number one seeded Villanova Wildcats at noon Eastern.

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