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No. 6 Xavier beats St. John’s; Red Storm 0-11 in Big East

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NEW YORK — Trevon Bluiett scored 14 points to lead No. 6 Xavier over St. John’s 73-68 on Tuesday night.

Bluiett was one of four players in double-figure scoring for the Musketeers (20-3, 8-2 Big East). Kerem Kanter and Quentin Goodin each had 13 points, and J.P. Macura added 11.

Despite a 31-point performance from Shamorie Ponds, the Red Storm (10-13, 0-11) dropped their 11th straight. Marvin Clark II added 19 points, and Bashir Ahmed had 12.

In the final 2:29, Bluiett made four free throws, and Kanter and Kasier Gates each converted layups. Kanter was aided by a defensive goaltending call on Tariq Owens, which led St. John’s coach Chris Mullin to complain to senior associate commissioner Stu Jackson after the game.

St. John’s committed other errors which aided Xavier’s cause, such as Ahmed taking a shot clock violation and shoving Bluiett on the ensuing possession. Bluiett made both free throws.

A few minutes earlier, Amar Alibegovic fouled out attempting to grab an offensive rebound of Clark’s missed 3.

The Musketeers went into halftime leading 37-32. After falling behind 14-8 at the first media timeout, Xavier outscored St. John’s 29-18 for the remainder of the half.

St. John’s opened the second half with a 13-6 run spanning the first 4:25 to take 45-43 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: Following the win over St. John’s, Xavier has 20 wins with seven games remaining in conference play. Xavier has won at least 20 games in five straight seasons. Dating to 1992-93, Xavier has won 20 or more games 23 times.

St. John’s: Mullin’s team hoped to return to national prominence this year, but after winning 10 of 12 to open the season, the Red Storm have collapsed in Big East play. St. John’s has eight games left this season, seven in conference and a national televised game Saturday against No. 4 Duke.

1,000 FAST

Ponds scored his 1,000th career point on a driving layup midway through the second half. Ponds is the 10th player in program history to score 1,000 points in his freshman and sophomore years.

NOTABLE

Xavier: The No. 6 Musketeers are the highest ranked team to play the Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena since Feb. 16, 1980, against then No. 2 Syracuse. Louis Orr had 29 points and 17 rebounds for the Orange in their 72-71 win.

St. John’s: Along with having lost 11 straight games, St. John’s has dropped five in a row, seven of nine since 2013-14, and seven of 10 overall to Xavier.

UP NEXT

Xavier: Hosts Georgetown on Saturday night.

St. John’s: Hosts No. 4 Duke on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

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