St. John’s 73, No. 21 Georgetown 70
NEW YORK (AP) _ Freshman Willie Shaw bounced back from a scoreless game against Duke with 16 points Wednesday night and St. John’s beat No. 21 Georgetown 73-70.
Shaw missed all eight of his shots, including five 3-pointers, in the 91-59 loss to No. 4 Duke, the Red Storm’s worst defeat at Madison Square Garden in 41 years. But against the Hoyas, he hit his first three 3-point attempts and the last of his four 3s came with 1:32 to play and gave the Red Storm (14-11, 8-5 Big East) a 71-65 lead.
Anthony Perry hit a 3-pointer 13 seconds later for Georgetown (20-6, 7-6). Kevin Braswell’s steal and layup with 1:07 left brought the Hoyas within 71-70, but Omar Cook got the lead back to three with two free throws with 24 seconds left.
Georgetown’s final chance at a tie was a 3-point attempt by Braswell with 5 seconds left, but it bounced off the rim and Sharif Fordham of St. John’s grabbed the rebound, his career-high 16th of the game to go along with a career-high 15 points.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Red Storm, who had lost four of five and five of seven.
Shaw’s late 3-pointer was one of just two field goals during the final nine minutes for the Red Storm.
Georgetown, which trailed by 11 points early in the second half and was down 65-58 with 9:18 to play, couldn’t sustain any offense throughout the game and could only slowly chip away at the lead.
Braswell had 19 points for the Hoyas, who have lost three of four, while Ruben Boumtje Boumtje had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Fordham, a junior college transfer in his first year with the Red Storm, had his first career double-double in the loss to Duke with 12 points and 10 rebounds.