Marquette couldn’t hold on to a late lead as St. John’s used a tremendous defensive effort to knock off the Golden Eagles 60-57 in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The Red Storm limited the Golden Eagles to just 19 of 60 shooting from the floor (31.7 percent), including 8 of 26 from 3-point land (30.8 percent) to secure the win.
Sir’Dominic Pointer had a monster game for St. John’s with 15 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, six blocks and two steals. Rysheed Jordan contributed 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals while Phil Greene IV and D’Angelo Harrison added 11 points apiece. Chris Obekpa chipped in with six points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as the Red Storm improved to 13-5 on the season.
Matt Carlino and Steve Taylor Jr., provided most of the offense for Marquette in the loss. Carlino finished with 21 points on 6 of 14 shooting from the floor, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc. He added four steals, two rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes on the floor. Taylor totaled 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Derrick Wilson chipped in with seven rebounds and six assists, but went scoreless while attempting just one shot.
Carlino had seven points in the first half before getting it going in the second stanza. With the Golden Eagles down 29-28, he went off from the outside. He nearly single-handedly propelled Marquette to an 8-point lead with four straight 3-pointers as part of a 16-6 run. He struggled the rest of the way with just a pair of free-throws late in the game to cut the St. John’s lead to a single point, but missed a very contested shot with only seconds remaining that would have tied the game.
Up next for Carlino and the Golden Eagles is a matchup with the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday.