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St John's edges UCF 46-43; both shoot under 28 percent

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Marcus LoVett scored 12 points, Marvin Clark II had 11 points and seven rebounds, and St. John's beat UCF 46-43 on Sunday for third at the Advocare Invitational.

Shamorie Ponds scored the final six points for St. John's - with four at the line - in the last seven minutes. His two free throws made it 42-32 at the 6:21 mark and two more makes with 1:11 to go capped the scoring.

UCF's Ceasar DeJesus and Dayon Griffin both missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Knights were just 1 of 13 from distance.

''From our standpoint, to just hang in there and get the win was good,'' Red Storm coach Chris Mullin said. ''About as ugly a game as you'll see but we still got a win.''

Both teams struggled from the floor as St. John's shot 27.1 percent (16 of 59) while UCF was 26.4.

''I think we're pressing a little on the perimeter,'' Knights coach Johnny Dawkins said. ''The main thing I think we need to clean up is valuing the basketball ... and that's something we're going to make sure we work toward.''

Justin Simon had eight points and eight boards, and Ponds added six points and 10 rebounds for St. John's (6-1).

''That was a great win for us,'' Clark said. ''We need this win ... not the prettiest basketball, but I'm happy we could win a basketball game without hitting a bunch of shots.''

Chad Brown led the Knights (4-2) with 12 points and seven rebounds. Tacko Fall added eight points, five rebounds and four blocks but fouled out with 6:21 remaining in the game.

PONDS SURVIVES ROUGH OUTING

Ponds, averaging 21 points per game, was held to just 1-of-11 shooting. He was coming off a career-high 31 points against Missouri on Friday and was averaging 28.5 points during the first two days of the tournament.

''Coach is always telling me to remain confident every night because it's not going to fall every night,'' Ponds said. ''I just stay composed and stick to my game.''

KNIGHTS MISSING TAYLOR

UCF went 1-2 in the tournament without starting point guard B.J. Taylor. He was a second-team All-AAC conference player last season after averaging 17.4 points per game.

The Knights starting guards combined to go 4 of 13 for nine points Sunday.

''We got young guys; especially at the guard position,'' Knights forward A.J. Davis said. ''It's tough to have young guys at the guard position. It's a great learning experience for these young guys.''

BIG PICTURE

St. John's: The Red Storm had a block party Sunday with 15 rejections. Tariq Owens led the team with five blocks and Ahmed Bashir had four.

UCF: The Knights got to the free-throw line 23 times but made just 14.

UP NEXT

St. John's: The Red Storm will host Sacred Heart next Saturday.

UCF: The Knights host Missouri on Thursday night.

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Key Players
J. Simon
A. Davis
31.5 Min. Per Game 31.5
11.0 Pts. Per Game 11.0
1.0 Ast. Per Game 1.0
10.0 Reb. Per Game 10.0
51.1 Field Goal % 31.0
100.0 Three Point % 0.0
46.7 Free Throw % 64.7
  Offensive rebound by UCF 1.0
  Dayon Griffin missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Offensive rebound by A.J. Davis 4.0
  Ceasar DeJesus missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Chad Brown 8.0
  Tariq Owens missed jump shot 10.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on UCF 40.0
  Offensive rebound by Dayon Griffin 51.0
  Ceasar DeJesus missed layup, blocked by Tariq Owens 53.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:10
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 1st of 2 free throws 1:10
Team Stats
Points 46 43
Field Goals 16-59 (27.1%) 14-53 (26.4%)
3-Pointers 7-27 (25.9%) 1-13 (7.7%)
Free Throws 7-8 (87.5%) 14-23 (60.9%)
Total Rebounds 44 43
Offensive 14 12
Defensive 27 26
Team 3 5
Assists 8 7
Steals 9 9
Blocks 15 8
Turnovers 21 20
Fouls 25 15
Technicals 0 0
12 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12 PTS, 7 REB
12T
away team logo St. John's 6-1 222446
home team logo UCF 4-2 232043
Team Stats
away team logo St. John's 6-1 81.3 PPG 36.3 RPG 15.3 APG
home team logo UCF 4-2 77.2 PPG 46.8 RPG 14.8 APG
Key Players
00
M. LoVett G PPG RPG APG FG%
21
C. Brown F 5.0 PPG 4.2 RPG 0.6 APG 61.1 FG%
Top Scorers
M. LoVett G 12 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
C. Brown F 12 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
27.1 FG% 26.4
25.9 3PT FG% 7.7
87.5 FT% 60.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. LoVett 32 12 2 1 2 0 2 5 5/20 2/10 0/0 0 2
M. Clark II 33 11 7 0 1 0 2 2 3/7 3/5 2/2 2 5
J. Simon 36 8 8 1 1 4 4 3 3/6 1/1 1/2 2 6
S. Ponds 38 6 10 4 3 0 4 1 1/11 0/4 4/4 1 9
B. Ahmed 20 4 3 1 0 2 5 3 2/8 0/4 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. LoVett 32 12 2 1 2 0 2 5 5/20 2/10 0/0 0 2
M. Clark II 33 11 7 0 1 0 2 2 3/7 3/5 2/2 2 5
J. Simon 36 8 8 1 1 4 4 3 3/6 1/1 1/2 2 6
S. Ponds 38 6 10 4 3 0 4 1 1/11 0/4 4/4 1 9
B. Ahmed 20 4 3 1 0 2 5 3 2/8 0/4 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Alibegovic 9 3 1 0 0 2 1 3 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 1
K. Yakwe 18 2 6 1 1 2 1 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 6 0
T. Owens 14 0 4 0 1 5 2 4 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 2
J. Camus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Diakite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Trimble Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 46 41 8 9 15 21 25 16/59 7/27 7/8 14 27
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Fall 18 8 6 1 0 4 7 5 3/5 0/0 2/2 2 4
A. Davis 40 7 10 0 2 1 0 1 2/12 0/2 3/5 4 6
C. DeJesus 24 5 1 2 2 0 4 3 2/8 0/1 1/2 0 1
T. Allen 38 2 2 2 1 0 2 3 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 2
C. McSpadden 15 2 3 1 1 0 4 1 1/3 0/1 0/1 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Fall 18 8 6 1 0 4 7 5 3/5 0/0 2/2 2 4
A. Davis 40 7 10 0 2 1 0 1 2/12 0/2 3/5 4 6
C. DeJesus 24 5 1 2 2 0 4 3 2/8 0/1 1/2 0 1
T. Allen 38 2 2 2 1 0 2 3 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 2
C. McSpadden 15 2 3 1 1 0 4 1 1/3 0/1 0/1 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Brown 22 12 7 0 1 1 1 0 2/6 0/0 8/13 3 4
D. Griffin 30 7 7 1 2 2 1 2 3/15 1/7 0/0 2 5
D. Mumin 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
M. Douglas 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 1
N. Laing - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dawkins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Ulvydas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Stephenson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Catotti - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Morse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lewis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 43 38 7 9 8 20 15 14/53 1/13 14/23 12 26