St. John’s 74, Boston Coll. 55
BOSTON (AP) _ Tyrone Grant scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 25 St. John’s beat Boston College 74-55 Saturday in the teams’ Big East opener.
The Red Storm (6-2) trailed by nine points early in the game, but took control with a 34-6 run over a 14 1/2-minute span bridging the halves.
Erick Barkley scored 14 points and Ron Artest added 11. Lavor Postell and Reggie Jessie each finished with 10 for St. John’s
Kenny Walls scored 18 points for the the Eagles (2-4).
Boston College, which slowed the tempo by switching defenses, opened a 24-15 lead seven minutes in before the Red Storm used a 17-2 run to take a 32-26 halftime lead.
The Eagles, who shot just 33 percent in the game (19-for-57), were held without a field goal for the final 7:55 of the run, making just two free throws and committing 11 turnovers.
In the first half, St. John’s had only two baskets come from outside the lane: the game’s first basket on a jumper by Bootsy Thornton and a 3-pointer by Erick Barkey with 47 seconds left.
The Red Storm scored 17 of the first 21 points in the second half. Postell had two 3-pointers and Grant made a pair of baskets. Boston College got within single digits the rest of the way.
The smaller and younger Eagles, a consensus preseason last-place pick in the conference, surprisingly dominated St. John’s 17-12 on offensive rebounds.