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St John's beats Saint Joseph's 77-73 at Mohegan Sun Arena

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) Shamorie Ponds scored 28 points, Justin Simon had 11 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and St. John's beat Saint Joseph's 77-73 in the Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase on Wednesday night.

St. John's (10-2) is off to its best start in the Chris Mullin Era.

Ponds split a double team on a drive to the basket and made an off-balance shot to put St. John's up 73-68. Saint Joseph's got within 73-71 but Ponds hit four straight free throws on St. John's next two possessions to seal it.

Bashir Ahmed added 16 points for St. John's, which has won five of its last six contests. Ponds also had seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Shavar Newkirk scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting for Saint Joseph's (5-6). Taylor Funk and James Demery each scored 15 points and Pierfrancesco Oliva grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds.

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Key Players
J. Demery
S. Ponds
35.3 Min. Per Game 35.3
19.7 Pts. Per Game 19.7
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
6.3 Reb. Per Game 6.3
50.0 Field Goal % 39.6
27.3 Three Point % 21.1
39.1 Free Throw % 87.3
  Defensive rebound by Pierfrancesco Oliva 4.0
  Justin Simon missed 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
  Justin Simon missed 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Shavar Newkirk 4.0
+ 2 Shavar Newkirk made driving layup 5.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 2nd of 2 free throws 9.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 1st of 2 free throws 9.0
  Personal foul on Chris Clover 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Shamorie Ponds 12.0
  Taylor Funk missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Tariq Owens 14.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 2nd of 2 free throws 23.0
Team Stats
Points 73 77
Field Goals 29-70 (41.4%) 26-58 (44.8%)
3-Pointers 9-33 (27.3%) 7-22 (31.8%)
Free Throws 6-10 (60.0%) 18-28 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 48 36
Offensive 11 5
Defensive 33 30
Team 4 1
Assists 13 16
Steals 2 6
Blocks 0 8
Turnovers 19 13
Fouls 22 15
Technicals 1 0
26 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
28 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Saint Joseph's 5-6 413273
home team logo St. John's 10-2 443377
Team Stats
away team logo Saint Joseph's 5-6 70.5 PPG 37.5 RPG 12.0 APG
home team logo St. John's 10-2 77.1 PPG 35.2 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
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S. Newkirk G PPG RPG APG FG%
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S. Ponds G 19.7 PPG 4.1 RPG 5.1 APG 45.3 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Newkirk G 26 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
S. Ponds G 28 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
41.4 FG% 44.8
27.3 3PT FG% 31.8
60.0 FT% 64.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Demery 15 7 2 7/13 0/3 1/4 4 30 0 0 3 1 6
T. Funk 15 2 1 5/17 5/15 0/0 2 33 0 0 2 1 1
P. Oliva 7 18 4 3/5 0/1 1/1 2 33 0 0 2 2 16
N. Robinson 7 7 2 2/5 2/2 1/2 4 26 0 0 5 3 4
C. Clover 3 4 2 1/7 1/5 0/0 3 32 0 0 4 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Demery 15 7 2 7/13 0/3 1/4 4 30 0 0 3 1 6
T. Funk 15 2 1 5/17 5/15 0/0 2 33 0 0 2 1 1
P. Oliva 7 18 4 3/5 0/1 1/1 2 33 0 0 2 2 16
N. Robinson 7 7 2 2/5 2/2 1/2 4 26 0 0 5 3 4
C. Clover 3 4 2 1/7 1/5 0/0 3 32 0 0 4 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Newkirk 26 2 2 11/20 1/5 3/3 5 31 1 0 1 0 2
J. Williams 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
A. Longpre 0 3 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 13 1 0 2 1 2
M. Lodge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Booth - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kimble - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Vega - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Blount - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Freeman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 44 13 29/70 9/33 6/10 22 200 2 0 19 11 33
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 28 7 4 9/15 2/7 8/11 1 40 2 1 5 0 7
B. Ahmed 16 5 0 6/12 2/5 2/4 2 33 3 0 2 1 4
J. Simon 11 11 9 3/7 0/1 5/9 3 40 0 1 1 2 9
M. Clark II 8 3 0 2/7 2/4 2/2 4 17 0 0 1 0 3
T. Owens 7 7 2 3/7 0/0 1/2 1 35 0 5 3 2 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 28 7 4 9/15 2/7 8/11 1 40 2 1 5 0 7
B. Ahmed 16 5 0 6/12 2/5 2/4 2 33 3 0 2 1 4
J. Simon 11 11 9 3/7 0/1 5/9 3 40 0 1 1 2 9
M. Clark II 8 3 0 2/7 2/4 2/2 4 17 0 0 1 0 3
T. Owens 7 7 2 3/7 0/0 1/2 1 35 0 5 3 2 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Yakwe 4 0 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 1 1 0 0
B. Trimble Jr. 3 2 1 1/6 1/5 0/0 2 15 1 0 0 0 2
A. Alibegovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Camus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. LoVett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Diakite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 35 16 26/58 7/22 18/28 15 200 6 8 13 5 30