Harrison Leads The Way As Red Storm Are Off To Their Best Start In 6 Seasons


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Red Storm got a scare last week, but it ended up benefiting them in a big way.

Powered by a 53-47 comeback win over St. Mary’s on Friday, St. John’s jumped to No. 17 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, released Monday. It is the program’s highest ranking since being No. 17 on March 7, 2011.

St. John’s (9-1) erased a 15-point halftime deficit and outscored St. Mary’s 35-14 over the final 20 minutes to win its fifth straight overall and establish the team’s best start in six seasons.

D’Angelo Harrison continued his tremendous start to his senior season, scoring 21 points in the win. The 6-foot-4 guard is averaging 19.8 points per game and is 11 shy of fifth place on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan is averaging 14.5 points, followed by Phil Greene IV and Sir’Dominic Pointer with 11 and 10.3 per game, respectively.

The Red Storm will take on visiting Long Beach State (5-7) on Monday night in the first meeting between the schools.

Kentucky (12-0) was the unanimous No. 1 for the third week in a row, again getting all 65 first-place votes.

The Wildcats left little doubt against UCLA on Saturday, scoring the game’s first 24 points on their way to an 83-44 victory.

No. 22 Baylor (9-1), a Sweet 16 team last season, is the highest-ranked of four Top 25 newcomers. TCU (11-0), another Big 12 team, debuted at No. 25, its first poll appearance since the 1998-99 season.

Northern Iowa (10-1) returned to the poll at No. 23, ahead of Colorado State (11-0).

Duke (10-0) stayed second, followed by Arizona (12-0) and Louisville (10-0). The only change in the top 10 was Virginia (11-0) moving up to fifth and swapping spots with Wisconsin (10-1), the only Top 25 team that was idle last week. Villanova (11-0), Gonzaga (11-1), Texas (10-1) and Kansas (9-1) rounded out the top 10.

Notre Dame (11-1), which beat Purdue 94-63 in its only game last week, made the biggest upward move, five spots to 16th.

Falling out were Miami, San Diego State, Butler and Michigan State.

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