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St. John’s (10-3, 3-0 BIG EAST) is off to its best start in BIG EAST play since the 1999-2000 season after beating No. 13/13 Georgetown (12-3, 1-2 BIG EAST) 61-58 at Madison Square Garden on Monday. The win broke a 14-game losing streak for the Red Storm against ranked opponents. Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Dwight Hardy led STJ with 20 points while Justin Brownlee added 15. The Red Storm defense held Georgetown’s three guards and leading scorers – Austin Freeman, Chris Wright and Jason Clark – to a combined 7-of-25 from the field and 2-of-13 from 3-point range for a total of 20 points. The trio has averaged a combined 46.1 points per game.
Georgetown trailed 57-56 with under a minute remaining when Clark converted on a pair of free throws to give the Hoyas a 58-57 lead with 23 seconds left. St. John’s wasted no time, as Hardy went right to the basket instead of holding for the final shot. The senior missed the layup but Brownlee was there to clean it up and put STJ up 59-58. GU’s Austin Freeman came up short on a jumper and Clark caught the rebound out of bounds to give the ball back to St. John’s. Hardy hit two free throws with just under three seconds remaining. Chris Wright’s desperation heave was off-the-mark to give St. John’s the home victory.
ESPN3.com will carry all three BIG EAST games on Tuesday. Two games tip-off at 7 p.m. ET including No. 5/5 Pittsburgh visiting Providence and No. 14/15 Notre Dame hosting No. 8/9 Connecticut. West Virginia and DePaul round out the schedule with a 9 p.m. ET start.