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Ponds, St John's down Nebraska 79-56

NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 22 points, Justin Simon had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and St. John's pulled away early from Nebraska for a 79-56 victory on Thursday night.

Bashir Ahmed scored 15 points and Marcus LoVett added 13 with three assists for St. John's (3-0), which outrebounded Nebraska 50-39 and outscored them 44-16 in the paint. Ponds had seven rebounds and five assists, and scored 20-plus for the second straight game. Simon added four steals in recording his second straight double-double.

Marvin Clark II put the Red Storm up for good at 6-5 and it was 37-24 at halftime behind Ponds' 14 points. Nebraska closed to 40-32 on Glynn Watson Jr.'s 3 pointer early in the second half, but St. John steadily pulled away to a 13-point lead on 3-pointers by LoVett, Ahmed and Clark.

James Palmer Jr. scored 13 points and Isaac Copeland grabbed seven rebounds for the Cornhuskers (2-1).

BIG PICTURE

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers were unable to slow down the Red Strom backcourt after closing to within eight in the opening minute of the second half. ... The Huskers shot just 28 percent from the floor, including 6 of 26 from 3-point range, and committed 16 turnovers.

St. John's: The Red Storm had their most dominant effort of the season against their first high-major opponent at Carnesecca Arena. St. John's opened with wins against New Orleans and Central Connecticut State.

UP NEXT

Nebraska hosts North Dakota on Sunday.

St. John's closes out a four-game homestand on Monday night against Division II Molloy.

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Key Players
J. Palmer Jr.
S. Ponds
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
16.5 Pts. Per Game 16.5
5.0 Ast. Per Game 5.0
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
37.8 Field Goal % 41.9
36.4 Three Point % 15.8
61.1 Free Throw % 84.2
  Defensive rebound by St. John's 20.0
  Nana Akenten missed 3-pt. jump shot 22.0
  Defensive rebound by Nana Akenten 26.0
  Amar Alibegovic missed 3-pt. jump shot 28.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Simon 34.0
  Malcolm Laws missed layup, blocked by Justin Simon 36.0
+ 2 Justin Simon made dunk 45.0
  Lost ball turnover on Thorir Thorbjarnarson, stolen by Justin Simon 50.0
  Defensive rebound by Tanner Borchardt 56.0
  Bryan Trimble Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 58.0
+ 1 Isaiah Roby made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:27
Team Stats
Points 56 79
Field Goals 16-57 (28.1%) 30-69 (43.5%)
3-Pointers 6-26 (23.1%) 5-17 (29.4%)
Free Throws 18-24 (75.0%) 14-20 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 39 50
Offensive 9 15
Defensive 25 31
Team 5 4
Assists 9 10
Steals 4 8
Blocks 5 10
Turnovers 16 9
Fouls 20 22
Technicals 1 1
13 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Nebraska 2-1 243256
home team logo St. John's 3-0 374279
Team Stats
away team logo Nebraska 2-1 71.8 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo St. John's 3-0 77.1 PPG 35.2 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
0
J. Palmer Jr. G 19.7 PPG 4.2 RPG 3.0 APG 36.9 FG%
2
S. Ponds G 19.7 PPG 4.1 RPG 5.1 APG 45.3 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Palmer Jr. G 13 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
S. Ponds G 22 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
28.1 FG% 43.5
23.1 3PT FG% 29.4
75.0 FT% 70.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Palmer Jr. 13 5 3 4/10 1/2 4/5 4 27 0 1 3 3 2
E. Taylor 9 5 2 3/8 2/3 1/1 3 32 1 0 4 1 4
I. Copeland 5 7 1 2/9 0/4 1/2 1 28 2 2 1 0 7
G. Watson Jr. 5 1 0 1/9 1/5 2/4 4 25 0 0 2 0 1
J. Tshimanga 4 3 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 11 0 0 2 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Palmer Jr. 13 5 3 4/10 1/2 4/5 4 27 0 1 3 3 2
E. Taylor 9 5 2 3/8 2/3 1/1 3 32 1 0 4 1 4
I. Copeland 5 7 1 2/9 0/4 1/2 1 28 2 2 1 0 7
G. Watson Jr. 5 1 0 1/9 1/5 2/4 4 25 0 0 2 0 1
J. Tshimanga 4 3 0 1/2 0/0 2/2 1 11 0 0 2 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Roby 8 6 2 2/4 0/2 4/4 3 22 0 1 0 1 5
A. Gill 7 2 0 1/7 1/6 4/4 1 24 1 0 1 0 2
T. Allen 3 1 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 10 0 0 2 1 0
D. Okeke 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 1 0 0 1
M. Laws 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. McVeigh 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0
T. Borchardt 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 5 0 0 0 1 1
N. Akenten 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
T. Thorbjarnarson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
J. Trueblood - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 34 9 16/57 6/26 18/24 20 200 4 5 16 9 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 22 7 5 8/17 0/5 6/7 2 33 2 0 1 1 6
B. Ahmed 15 5 1 6/13 2/4 1/2 3 32 1 0 1 3 2
M. LoVett 14 3 3 6/14 1/4 1/3 1 35 1 0 2 2 1
J. Simon 13 12 1 6/11 1/1 0/2 3 29 4 3 0 0 12
M. Clark II 7 5 0 2/6 1/1 2/2 5 26 0 0 4 3 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 22 7 5 8/17 0/5 6/7 2 33 2 0 1 1 6
B. Ahmed 15 5 1 6/13 2/4 1/2 3 32 1 0 1 3 2
M. LoVett 14 3 3 6/14 1/4 1/3 1 35 1 0 2 2 1
J. Simon 13 12 1 6/11 1/1 0/2 3 29 4 3 0 0 12
M. Clark II 7 5 0 2/6 1/1 2/2 5 26 0 0 4 3 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Owens 6 9 0 2/4 0/0 2/2 4 24 0 6 0 4 5
K. Yakwe 2 5 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 2 15 0 1 1 2 3
A. Alibegovic 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Trimble Jr. 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0
J. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Diakite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 46 10 30/69 5/17 14/20 22 200 8 10 9 15 31