NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Jordan Theodore scored 16 points and dished out 10 assists to lead Seton Hall in a 94-64 rout of St. John's on Tuesday night.
The Pirates (18-8, 7-7 Big East) made 15 of 24 from 3-point range, including their first nine attempts of the second half. The long-distance shooting helped Seton Hall turn a 40-28 halftime advantage into a laugher. Seton Hall finished shooting 62 percent from the floor (33 of 53).
The 30-point margin of victory tied the largest this season for the Pirates, who also defeated NJIT 78-48 on Dec. 6.
The Pirates got big production from three freshmen, as Aaron Cosby and Brandon Mobley scored 14 points each and Haralds Karlis added 13. Herb Pope added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Pirates and Patrik Auda chipped in 12 points.
Moe Harkless led the Red Storm (10-16, 4-10) with 15 points and 11 rebounds and D'Angelo Harrison and Sir' Dominic Pointer tallied 12 points each.
Seton Hall, which never trailed, took control midway through the first half with a 10-0 run that gave the Pirates a 26-15 lead.
Two freshman guards keyed the run. Freddie Wilson nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing and Cosby was fouled attempting a 3 and made all three free throws to give the Pirates a 24-15 lead with 8:15 left.
Another freshman, Karlis, made a long 3-pointer from the right corner that gave the Pirates their biggest lead at 36-21 with 1:53 left in the half.
The Red Storm managed to keep the game within reach with the play of freshman forward Harkless, who had 10 points in the opening half, including a rebound basket in the closing seconds that sliced the Pirates' lead to 40-28 at the break.
The Pirates then pushed the lead to 52-32 with a 12-4 run in the opening stages of the second half, thanks to five points from Fuquan Edwin, first connecting from long range, then scoring on a driving basket with 16:19 left.
Seton Hall was on fire from long distance in the second half to finish with a total of 14 made 3-pointers in the game, setting a new season high.
Seton Hall gradually increased the lead to as many as 34 with just under four minutes left.