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Ponds, Lovett help unbeaten St. John's defeat CCSU 80-55

NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 21 points and Marcus Lovett scored 15 as St. John's muscled past CCSU 80-55 on Tuesday night.

Ponds scored 10 points at the foul line, out of 11 attempts, and had nine rebounds and three steals for the Red Storm (2-0). Lovett scored all 15 points, including three 3-pointers, before halftime when St. John's shot 50-percent from the field (16-32) and built a 43-27 lead at the break.

St. John's scored 31 points off 21 CCSU turnovers and outrebounded the Blue Devils 38-29. St. John's had 26 defensive boards. Justin Simon double-doubled with 11 rebounds, seven defensive, and 12 points.

Deion Bute paced the Blue Devils (0-2) with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting. Mustafa Jones added 13 points, but CCSU was 20 of 48 from the floor (42 percent) and was 9 of 14 at the foul line.

CCSU had taken an 11-9 lead early but St. John's went on a 16-6 tear to lead 27-17 and kept going.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Kashaun Hicks made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
  Kashaun Hicks missed 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Shooting foul on Justin Cole 12.0
+ 2 Bashir Ahmed made dunk 20.0
  Bad pass turnover on Kashaun Hicks, stolen by Bashir Ahmed 25.0
  Offensive rebound by Central Connecticut State 26.0
  Kashaun Hicks missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Tariq Owens 28.0
  Defensive rebound by Chris Williams 34.0
  Justin Cole missed jump shot 36.0
  Defensive rebound by Tariq Owens 55.0
  Kashaun Hicks missed 3-pt. jump shot 57.0
Team Stats
Points 55 80
Field Goals 20-48 (41.7%) 27-58 (46.6%)
3-Pointers 6-19 (31.6%) 9-21 (42.9%)
Free Throws 9-14 (64.3%) 17-25 (68.0%)
Total Rebounds 29 38
Offensive 3 11
Defensive 24 26
Team 2 1
Assists 12 15
Steals 6 9
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 21 14
Fouls 21 14
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
14
D. Bute C
19 PTS, 9 REB
home team logo
2
S. Ponds G
21 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo CCSU 0-3 272855
home team logo St. John's 2-0433780
Team Stats
away team logoCCSU 0-3 71.3 PPG 36 RPG 13.8 APG
home team logoSt. John's 2-0 78.7 PPG 41.3 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
14
D. Bute C 11.5 PPG 7.0 RPG 0.5 APG 60.0 FG%
2
S. Ponds G 18.3 PPG 7.7 RPG 5.0 APG 41.9 FG%
Top Scorers
14
D. Bute C 19 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
2
S. Ponds G 21 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
41.7 FG% 46.6
31.6 3PT FG% 42.9
64.3 FT% 68.0
CCSU
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Bute 31 19 9 0 0 1 4 3 8/11 0/0 3/4 3 6
M. Jones 27 13 4 1 2 1 2 2 6/10 1/1 0/0 0 4
A. Nehls 35 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 1
E. Bowles 25 4 0 2 1 0 1 3 0/2 0/0 4/6 0 0
T. Kohl 15 1 7 3 1 0 6 3 0/5 0/3 1/2 0 7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Bute 31 19 9 0 0 1 4 3 8/11 0/0 3/4 3 6
M. Jones 27 13 4 1 2 1 2 2 6/10 1/1 0/0 0 4
A. Nehls 35 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 1
E. Bowles 25 4 0 2 1 0 1 3 0/2 0/0 4/6 0 0
T. Kohl 15 1 7 3 1 0 6 3 0/5 0/3 1/2 0 7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Laney 24 6 3 2 2 0 1 3 2/7 2/5 0/0 0 3
T. Batiste 17 3 0 2 0 0 2 3 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0
K. Hicks 6 3 1 0 0 0 2 1 1/5 0/3 1/2 0 1
J. Hugley 13 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1
H. Kay 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
D. Marshall Jr. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Williams 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
E. Camacho - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 55 27 12 6 2 21 21 20/48 6/19 9/14 3 24
St. John's
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Ponds 32 21 9 4 3 0 3 0 5/11 1/5 10/12 2 7
M. LoVett 30 15 2 4 1 0 2 2 6/10 3/5 0/0 0 2
B. Ahmed 22 13 3 2 2 0 2 1 4/10 1/4 4/7 3 0
J. Simon 34 12 11 3 3 0 2 2 4/10 1/1 3/5 4 7
M. Clark II 17 5 3 2 0 0 1 4 2/4 1/1 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Ponds 32 21 9 4 3 0 3 0 5/11 1/5 10/12 2 7
M. LoVett 30 15 2 4 1 0 2 2 6/10 3/5 0/0 0 2
B. Ahmed 22 13 3 2 2 0 2 1 4/10 1/4 4/7 3 0
J. Simon 34 12 11 3 3 0 2 2 4/10 1/1 3/5 4 7
M. Clark II 17 5 3 2 0 0 1 4 2/4 1/1 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Trimble Jr. 19 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3/5 2/4 0/0 0 0
T. Owens 22 6 5 0 0 2 2 3 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 5
A. Alibegovic 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 2
K. Yakwe 18 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0/0 0/0 0/1 0 1
J. Cole 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Diakite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 80 37 15 9 3 14 14 27/58 9/21 17/25 11 26