NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mac McClung scored 25 points, Jessie Govan added 20 with nine rebounds and Georgetown beat St. John’s 89-78 on Sunday.
McClung was 9-of-19 shooting with four 3-pointers and slammed home a dunk in transition with 1:11 to go for an 81-77 lead after the Red Storm missed three shots on their possession. A block by Govan led to another easy transition basket by Josh LeBlanc for the Hoyas (13-7, 3-4 Big East) as they avenged a 97-94 overtime loss to St. John’s in Washington on Jan. 5.READ MORE: Blackwood Blanks Reeling Flyers As Devils End 4-Game Skid
LeBlanc added 15 points for Georgetown, which had lost four of its previous five games.
Shamorie Ponds scored 21 points for St. John’s (15-5) and moved past Tony Jackson (1958-61) for 10th on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,612. Mustapha Heron added 19 points, LJ Figueroa 14 and Marvin Clark II had 12.
A 3-pointer by Jamorko Pickett began a 10-0 run to give the Hoyas a 60-50 lead with 13 minutes left and they led the rest of the way. Ponds scored four straight points to get within 79-77.READ MORE: Duarte, Turner Lead Pacers Over Knicks
The Red Storm had a golden opportunity to tie the game at 79 and steal the momentum from Georgetown, but let it literally slip through their fingers.
Following a big steal, St. John’s couldn’t capitalize and missed all three attempts right at the rim. The botched tip-ins left the entire backcourt wide open for McClung’s clinching dunk.
St. John’s, who dominantly started the season 12-0, have now fallen to 3-5 in Big East play. They’re now seventh in the conference.MORE NEWS: Avs Beat New York; Trouba Delivers Another Hard Check
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