There may have been a white storm raging outside the Verizon Center, but inside the building, the St. John's Red Storm were powerless to resist a hail of three-point shots rained down upon them by Georgetown. As a result, the Hoyas defeated the Johnnies 77-52 and improved their record to 4-4 in Big East play (15-5 overall) ahead of Saturday's tough trip to Philadelphia to play Villanova.
In beating Steve Lavin's Red Storm, the Hoyas went 9-for-17 from three-point land (52.9%) and 26-for-49 overall from the field (53.1%). By contrast, St. John's could only manage to go 20-for-59 from the field (33.9%) and just 4-for-15 from beyond the arc (26.7%)
The Hoyas took the lead for good with 11:20 to go in the first half after a Hollis Thompson (15 points off the bench) three-pointer made the score 17-16 to the home team. That marked the beginning of an 11-2 run that culminated in a four-point play by Austin Freeman (14 points) and ended with Georgetown on top 25-18 with 8:47 left before halftime. St. John's cut their deficit to 30-27 after a Dwight Hardy (10 points) three-pointer with 4:59 to go in the half, but those were the Red Storm's final points before the intermission, as Georgetown countered with a 10-0 run capped by a Chris Wright (9 points) jumper to take a 40-27 lead into the locker room.
St. John's started the second half brightly, scoring nine of the half's first ten points and making the score 41-36 to the Hoyas on Justin Burrell's layup with 15:45 to go. But Georgetown responded with baskets from Henry Sims and Jason Clark (who led all scorers with 16 points) to push the margin back up to 45-36, and after a three-point play by Justin Burrell brought St. John's within six, the Hoyas ripped off an 8-0 run to make the score 53-39 with 11:38 remaining, and the Red Storm never got closer than 13 points the rest of the way.