Georgetown 79, St. John’s 65
NEW YORK (AP)—Darrel Owens was 6-for-8 from 3-point range and scored 24 points to lead Georgetown to its seventh straight victory, 79-65 over St. John’s on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Owens, a senior swingman whose career high is 26 points last season against South Carolina in the NIT, hit the 3-pointer that started the Hoyas’ 24-11 run over the final 11 1/2 minutes. Georgetown (10-2, 2-0 Big East) took the lead for good at 55-52 on Owens’ 3 with 12 minutes to play.
Ryan Williams of the Red Storm (7-6, 0-2) scored on an alley-oop dunk with 11:43—St. John’s last field goal for more than 7 1/2 minutes—but the Hoyas went on a 16-0 run with Owens scoring 10 of the points, including his fifth and sixth 3s of the game.
Owens, who came in averaging 8.0 points, was 9-for-12 from the field overall, leading the Hoyas, who shot 58.1 percent (25-for-43), including 12-for-21 from 3-point range. Georgetown came into the game shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc, averaging 7.1 3s per game.
Brandon Bowman was 4-for-5 on 3s and added 16 points for the Hoyas, who haven’t lost since Dec. 8 at Illinois.
Anthony Mason Jr. and Aaron Spears each had 14 points for St. John’s, which shot 59.6 percent from the field (28-for-47), but committed 16 turnovers, including four on consecutive possessions when Georgetown began the deciding run.
St. John’s, which came into the game leading the Big East in points allowed at 55.5 per game. opened the second half with a 10-1 run to tie the game at 44. Neither team led by more than three points until Owens started the big run.
Darryl Hill, St. John’s leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, missed his fourth straight game with a left knee injury. The Red Storm are 2-2 in the games he has missed.