No. 11 St. John’s 80, W.Virginia 68
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Lavor Postell scored 17 points and No. 11 St. John’s shot 71 percent in the first half to beat West Virginia 80-68 Tuesday night, the Red Storm’s first win at Morgantown since 1969.
Erick Barkley and Bootsy Thornton added 16 points apiece for St. John’s (19-6, 10-3 Big East).
West Virginia (9-15, 3-11) lost its fourth straight game and tied a school record with its fifth consecutive home defeat. The Mountaineers haven’t lost five in a row at home since 1924-25 season.
St. John’s, which routed Pittsburgh by 28 points on Saturday, almost blew a 13-point halftime lead against West Virginia by shooting 39 percent in the second half.
Elton Scott’s short leaner pulled the Mountaineers to 56-52 with 9:44 left, but West Virginia got no closer. Postell later hit a jumper to cap a 6-0 run that put St. John’s ahead 71-61 with 3:20 remaining.
St. John’s hit 10 3-pointers, the most for the Red Storm in six years.
Marcus Goree led West Virginia with 22 points and nine rebounds. Scott added 17 points for the Mountaineers, who failed to give coach Gale Catlett his 400th win at the school. Catlett has a 399-230 record at West Virginia.
In the first half, St. John’s spread its offense and its perimeter shooters were left alone. The Red Storm hit 17 of 24 shots from the field, including 7-of-11 from 3-point range.
St. John’s went scoreless over the first 3:14 of the second half as West Virginia went to its inside game and pulled within 50-44 on a dunk by Goree with 14:49 left.
After consecutive three-point plays by Ron Artest and Barkley pushed St. John’s lead back to double digits, the Red Storm went scoreless over the next four minutes.