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February 1, 2012

St. John's Defeats DePaul On The Road



ROSEMONT, Ill. - Freshman D'Angelo Harrison scored a career-high 29 points and drained seven 3-pointers, one shy of tying a school-record, as St. John's shot a sizzling 73.3 percent (22-of-30) as part of a 57-point second half and notched its second BIG EAST road win of the season with an 87-81 triumph against DePaul at Allstate Arena.

Harrison shot 8-of-19 from the floor and knocked down 7-of-11 3s to come within one of tying the school-record of eight set by Avery Patterson against UNF on Nov. 10, 2006. The freshman's seven treys were the most since D.J. Kennedy also made seven in a thrilling triple overtime win at DePaul on March 5, 2010.

God's gift Achiuwa added 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor to help lead St. John's (10-12, 4-6), while Phil Greene reached double-figures for the fourth time in the past five games with a 14-point effort in his homecoming. Amir Garrett added a career-high 12 points to give the Red Storm four players in double-figures.

Cleveland Melvin had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead DePaul (11-10, 2-7), while Brandon Young also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists.

DePaul had the hot hand to open the second half and quickly extended its slim halftime lead to nine, 40-31, at the 17:45 mark. Harrison, however, buried four 3-pointers in a span of just 2:49 to close the deficit to three, 48-45. The Blue Demons built their lead back to eight, 59-51, before a jumper from Sir'Dominic Pointer capped a 13-0 run and gave the Red Storm a five-point advantage, 64-59, with 8:27 left. DePaul came back again to level the score at 64-64, but Harrison's seventh trey broke the tie, gave St. John's the lead for good and opened a quick 9-2 spurt that Greene capped with a slam to give the Red Storm a 73-66 lead.

Harrison gave St. John's an early 7-3 advantage with a trey at the 17:59 mark and after DePaul took an 8-7 lead, the freshman answered with another 3-pointer to put the Red Storm back up 10-8 with 16:42 to go. After the Red Storm tied the game at 14-14, the Blue Demons reeled off a 17-5 run to open up their largest lead of the game, 31-19, with 4:41 in the half. St. John's came right back, however, closing the half on an 11-0 run to go into halftime down by just one, 31-30.

St. John's returns home to face No. 2/2 Syracuse on Feb. 4 at Madison Square Garden in a noon game


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