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St. John's holds off Grand Canyon 68-60 in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 28 points for his sixth 20-plus game, Justin Simon had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and St. John's held off Grand Canyon 68-60 on Tuesday night.

Ponds' steal and breakaway dunk made it 58-43 with 5:52 left but Casey Benson's 3-point play pulled Grand Canyon within 62-55 at 1:52. The Antelopes made it 66-59 with 55.6 left and forced a turnover on the inbound pass, but missed two 3-pointers and a hook shot in the lane on one possession.

Simon sealed it with two free throws at 22.3 for a nine-point lead.

Marvin Clark II added 10 points for St. John's (8-1), which turned 21 Grand Canyon turnovers into 22 points.

St. John's was ahead 25-14 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Simon and Ponds. The Antelopes went without a field goal for nearly eight minutes in the half, but closed on an 8-3 run - with 3s from Joshua Braun and Gerard Martin - to get within 32-27.

Grand Canyon had just 13 points in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

Benson finished with 18 points, Braun had 13, and Roberts Blumbergs 10 for Grand Canyon (5-2). Keonta Vernon grabbed 15 rebounds.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Arizona beat No. 7 Texas A&M 67-64.

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Key Players
S. Ponds
C. Benson
31.0 Min. Per Game 31.0
10.0 Pts. Per Game 10.0
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
40.4 Field Goal % 40.9
23.2 Three Point % 33.3
90.4 Free Throw % 67.6
+ 1 Casey Benson made 2nd of 2 free throws 16.0
  Casey Benson missed 1st of 2 free throws 16.0
  Personal foul on Justin Simon 16.0
+ 1 Justin Simon made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 Justin Simon made 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Joshua Braun 22.0
  Offensive rebound by St. John's 25.0
  Shamorie Ponds missed layup, blocked by Casey Benson 27.0
  Defensive rebound by St. John's 30.0
  Roberts Blumbergs missed jump shot 32.0
  Offensive rebound by Grand Canyon 37.0
Team Stats
Points 68 60
Field Goals 21-53 (39.6%) 20-66 (30.3%)
3-Pointers 6-18 (33.3%) 8-32 (25.0%)
Free Throws 20-27 (74.1%) 12-22 (54.5%)
Total Rebounds 42 46
Offensive 7 14
Defensive 31 27
Team 4 5
Assists 8 9
Steals 10 11
Blocks 3 2
Turnovers 18 21
Fouls 22 22
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
18 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo St. John's 8-1 323668
home team logo Grand Canyon 5-2 273360
Team Stats
away team logo St. John's 8-1 77.1 PPG 35.2 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo Grand Canyon 5-2 75.3 PPG 39.4 RPG 14.1 APG
Key Players
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S. Ponds G PPG RPG APG FG%
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C. Benson G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
S. Ponds G 28 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
C. Benson G 18 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
39.6 FG% 30.3
33.3 3PT FG% 25.0
74.1 FT% 54.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 28 6 4 10/21 2/5 6/8 1 40 5 0 5 4 2
J. Simon 17 11 2 4/7 1/1 8/8 4 36 0 0 5 1 10
M. Clark II 10 3 1 2/6 2/5 4/4 5 18 0 0 4 0 3
B. Ahmed 7 10 0 3/12 1/5 0/1 4 36 2 0 1 1 9
T. Owens 2 4 0 1/3 0/0 0/3 4 30 1 3 3 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 28 6 4 10/21 2/5 6/8 1 40 5 0 5 4 2
J. Simon 17 11 2 4/7 1/1 8/8 4 36 0 0 5 1 10
M. Clark II 10 3 1 2/6 2/5 4/4 5 18 0 0 4 0 3
B. Ahmed 7 10 0 3/12 1/5 0/1 4 36 2 0 1 1 9
T. Owens 2 4 0 1/3 0/0 0/3 4 30 1 3 3 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Yakwe 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/1 1 10 0 0 0 1 0
B. Trimble Jr. 2 3 1 0/3 0/2 2/2 3 27 2 0 0 0 3
A. Alibegovic 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Camus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. LoVett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Diakite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 38 8 21/53 6/18 20/27 22 200 10 3 18 7 31
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Benson 18 2 1 6/11 2/2 4/5 3 30 1 1 6 1 1
J. Braun 13 6 0 5/16 3/10 0/0 3 30 3 0 3 1 5
R. Blumbergs 10 2 1 3/12 2/7 2/2 2 23 1 0 2 0 2
O. Frayer 6 4 2 1/9 0/4 4/6 4 28 3 0 1 1 3
K. Vernon 0 15 1 0/3 0/1 0/6 4 30 0 1 2 7 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Benson 18 2 1 6/11 2/2 4/5 3 30 1 1 6 1 1
J. Braun 13 6 0 5/16 3/10 0/0 3 30 3 0 3 1 5
R. Blumbergs 10 2 1 3/12 2/7 2/2 2 23 1 0 2 0 2
O. Frayer 6 4 2 1/9 0/4 4/6 4 28 3 0 1 1 3
K. Vernon 0 15 1 0/3 0/1 0/6 4 30 0 1 2 7 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Carr 5 1 0 2/3 0/0 1/1 1 10 0 0 2 1 0
G. Martin 3 5 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 22 2 0 1 2 3
A. Lever 3 2 0 1/5 0/2 1/2 2 10 1 0 2 0 2
F. Aidoo 2 3 3 1/5 0/4 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 1 2
K. Smith 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 2 0 1
M. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Nudo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Sankare - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Sy-Savane - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dale - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Milstead - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 41 9 20/66 8/32 12/22 22 200 11 2 21 14 27