St. John’s rallies past Marquette
The Red Storm (16-9, 8-5 Big East) are playing their best basketball at the right time, completing this three-game stretch with three wins in six days after also beating No. 10 Connecticut and Cincinnati.
St. Johnís D.J. Kennedy scored 15 points, Justin Brownlee added 11 and Justin Burrell added 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Red Storm overcame a seven-point deficit early in the second half.
Jimmy Butler scored 21 points, but the NCAA tournament hopes of Marquette (15-11, 6-7) may be fading because of this 2-5 stretch even though the Golden Eagles play three of their final five at home.
The Red Storm won for the first time in this series since 1966.
Kennedyís layup capped a
9-1 spurt that gave St. Johnís a 47-46 lead. Butler answered with a layup to give Marquette its final lead before Hardy and Kennedy took over.
Hardy, the Big Eastís player of the week who has averaged 27.8 points in his last four games, hit a three that gave St. Johnís a 56-52 advantage and Kennedy scored six straight on a dunk, a layup and two free throws that gave the Red Storm a 62-52 advantage with 8:39 left.
Marquette never came closer than seven the rest of the way.
Jae Crowder scored 15 points and Johnson-Odom finished with 14, but Marquette may be headed for a lesser postseason tournament despite also faring admirably against a rugged schedule.
Nine of the Golden Eaglesí 11 losses this season have come against programs ranked in the Top 25 at the time of the game, and eight of those losses have come outside the Bradley Center.
Last updated: 4:18 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012