Georgetown Holds Off St. John’s, 89-78


Trailing by two with just over a minute to go, St. John's saw a 3-pointer and a flurry of potential game-tying tip-ins narrowly miss their target, as Georgetown held on for an 89-78 victory at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. St. John's (15-5, 3-5 BIG EAST) had trailed by as many as 10 in the second half before making it one-possession game in the closing minutes. Shamorie Ponds eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the sixth straight game, scoring a team-high 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. The junior guard from Brooklyn also moved into 10thplace on the program's all time scoring chart surpassing Tony Jackson (1,603 points). Three other Johnnies finished in double figures, led by Mustapha Heron with 18 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes of action. LJ Figueroa added 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go along with six rebounds, four steals and three assists, while Marvin Clark II chipped in 12 points. Freshman Mac McClung, who missed the Red Storm's last outing against the Hoyas earlier this month, led Georgetown (13-7, 3-4 BIG EAST) with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jessie Govan fell just short of a double-double with 20 points and nine boards. The two teams traded blows throughout the opening stanza, as the first half featured 10 ties and eight lead changes in the first 15 minutes of action. From there, the Hoyas opened up a six-point lead on three occasions down the stretch, but the Johnnies answered each time before entering the locker room with a four-point deficit at 41-37. The Red Storm led by a pair, 24-22, near the midway mark of the half before a 10-2 Georgetown run gave the Hoyas the first of those six-