INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- JaKarr Sampson scored 20 points and St. John's defeated Butler 69-52 Saturday for its second straight Big East Conference win.
The Red Storm (12-8, 2-5) followed Thursday's home win over Seton Hall with its first true road win of the season. St. John's previous two wins away from home both came at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Butler's first four home games in its first year in the Big East had all gone to overtime. But the Bulldogs (11-9, 1-7) couldn't hold a 10-point first-half lead, and couldn't get close enough in the second half to force an extra period.
Rysheed Jordan added 16 points and D'Angelo Harrison scored 12 for St. John's.
Khyle Marshall had 16 points and Kellen Dunham scored 13 for the Bulldogs, whose streak of 18 seasons with at least 10 home wins is in jeopardy. The Bulldogs are 7-4 this year with four home games remaining.
The lead changed 10 times in the first half as both teams had scoring runs to build notable leads.
Butler used an 8-0 run to build a 25-15 lead, its largest of the game, and led 27-18 with 9:25 to play in the first half after Marshall hit a jumper to answer a Harrison 3-pointer that broke St. John's nearly 3-minute scoreless streak.
After Marshall's basket, the Red Storm went on a 9-0 run that tied the game at 27. Marshall made 1 of 2 free throws out of the TV timeout with 5:43 to play in the half to make the score 28-27, but the Red Storm outscored the Bulldogs 14-6 to lead 41-34 at halftime.
St. John's scored the first eight points of the second half to build a seemingly insurmountable 49-34 lead.
But the Bulldogs battled back to within 57-50 with 8:35 to play, prompting a timeout by St. John's coach Steve Lavin.
After an extended scoreless drought, St. John's built its lead back to double-digits.
The game was part of the weekend's Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, and featured coaching staffs of both teams wearing sneakers and suits. The weekend has special significance for Lavin, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2010 and had surgery the following year.
The 17-point loss was Butler's worst at home since a 93-73 loss to Xavier in the 1993-94 season.
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