St. John’s 87, Providence 73
NEW YORK (AP) _ Jayson Williams scored 27 points and three reserves combined for 23 points over their average Wednesday night as St. John’s snapped a three-game losing streak with an 87-73 victory over Providence.
The Redmen led 59-55 with 11:34 to play when they went on a 13-2 run which was capped by a three-point play by Williams with 6:45 to play.
St. John’s, 13-7 overall and 5-5 in the Big East, led by as much as 82-63 in bouncing back from a homecourt overtime defeat to Pittsburgh on Monday night.
The reserves, Barry Milhaven, Terence Mullin and Darrell Aiken, entered the game with a combined scoring average of 4.8. Mullin and Aiken both were at 2.1 per game.
But Milhaven finished with 11, eight in the second half, while Aiken had 10 and Mullin seven.
The victory also avenged Providence’s 98-69 victory in the teams’ first meeting this season, when the reserves combined for four points.
Providence, 15-4 and 4-4, lost for the fourth time in six games. The Friars, who were ranked on two occasions this season, were led by Eric Murdock’s 24 points. Carlton Screen added 21 points and Marty Conlon had 12.
The game was the second straight for St. John’s without starting forward Malik Sealy, the team’s second-leading scorer and rebounder. He turned an ankle in the Redmen’s loss to Connecticut last Saturday.
St. John’s decisive run came as the Friars went scoreless for 3:19 as the Redmen turned three steals in the run into eight points.