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St. John's stuns No. 4 Duke 81-77 to snap 11-game skid

NEW YORK (AP) That's two losses in three games for No. 4 Duke - and this one to a team that hadn't won since Christmas.

No wonder coach Mike Krzyzewski called it a ''disgusting'' performance.

Shamorie Ponds scored 33 points and St. John's stunned the Blue Devils 81-77 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, snapping an 11-game losing streak and handing a suddenly suspect Duke squad its second defeat in eight days.

''We got what we deserved,'' Krzyzewski said. ''We weren't able to knock them out after we lost the first 12 rounds of a 15-round fight.''

Bashir Ahmed added 19 points and Tariq Owens had 17 for the Red Storm (11-13), who overcame an early 10-point deficit and fought off Duke's heralded freshmen down the stretch in their biggest victory under third-year coach Chris Mullin.

It was the first win for St. John's since Dec. 20 against Saint Joseph's.

''We would have taken a win if it was in an empty gym,'' Mullin said. ''Thank God January is over.''

St. John's was playing the second of three straight games against top-6 opponents in a span of nine days. Next up, a visit to No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night.

''We are happy but we can't stop here. We have to keep pushing,'' said Ponds, a sophomore guard. ''This is big to get a win on the board. We can start fresh.''

Gary Trent Jr. had 22 points for the Blue Devils (19-4), who perhaps got caught looking ahead to their first matchup of the season with bitter rival North Carolina on Thursday night.

Krzyzewski didn't think so.

''Ponds was really as good a guard offensively as we've played against,'' Coach K said. ''We came in prepared.''

Freshman sensation Marvin Bagley III scored 19 for Duke but sat out a significant chunk of the second half with four fouls. Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Outhustled all afternoon, Duke was coming off an easy win Monday over Notre Dame that followed a 65-63 loss at home to No. 2 Virginia last weekend.

''I thought they made us look bad, but we made ourselves look bad. We did not play basketball the first 32 minutes worthy of our program. And we had blank faces, we didn't talk, we were like five individuals out there and it was disgusting, really,'' Krzyzewski said. ''I do not know why. I can tell you that's not the group I've coached all year, and they were a very frustrating group to coach today because they didn't respond to anything until the last eight minutes and that's unacceptable.''

Winless in 11 Big East games this season, the Red Storm improved to 11-2 in nonconference play. They led by 11 with 6 1/2 minutes left before Duke stormed back and took a 73-72 advantage on Trent's two free throws with 1:35 to play, its first lead since early in the second half.

That brought fans of both schools to their feet for an exciting finish.

Ponds, who also grabbed seven rebounds in his second consecutive 30-point game, put St. John's back in front with a driving layup and then drained a contested 3-pointer from the wing with the shot clock winding down to make it 77-73 with 40 seconds left.

''We stayed composed,'' he said.

Grayson Allen's only 3 seconds later trimmed the margin to one, but Owens hit two free throws with 32.2 seconds to go.

Bagley made one of two foul shots with 20.4 seconds left and Ponds did the same to make it 80-77 with 17.5 seconds to go. Allen missed a 3 at the other end and Owens grabbed the rebound before sinking one of two free throws with 2.7 seconds remaining to seal it as Ponds waved his arms, spurring on the sellout crowd of 19,812.

''The Garden was rockin', no question,'' said Mullin, recruited by Krzyzewski out of high school in 1980-81. ''Duke has that brand. They bring `em in. ... I was glad our guys stepped up not only to the challenge, but on the biggest stage.''

It was the first meeting between the teams since Krzyzewski got his 1,000th career win with a 77-68 victory at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 25, 2015.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: Fell to 34-19 at the Garden, including 29-11 under Coach K. ... The Blue Devils will be back in New York City next month for the ACC Tournament across the river at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. ... Duke leads the all-time series 16-7.

St. John's: After three competitive losses this season to teams currently ranked in the top 10, the Red Storm finally broke through. They have played the fifth-toughest schedule in the country according to the NCAA, the school said. ''It felt like all those other games, it really did. But to come out on top feels much better,'' Mullin said. ''To turn it around against one of the most storied teams in college basketball, it's great. ... I'm happy for the guys. They needed it more than anything.''

FIVE STAR

The matchup between two of the top-10 winningest programs in Division I history was played in tribute to the late Howard Garfinkel, who ran the famous Five-Star Basketball Camp from 1966-2008, attracting many of the game's greatest players before they blossomed in college. The logo at center court read ''The Garf.''

UP NEXT

Duke: Plays at North Carolina on Thursday night, the first of two regular-season meetings between the longtime rivals.

St. John's: In their first meeting with top-ranked Villanova this season, the Red Storm lost 78-71 on Jan. 13 at Madison Square Garden.

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Key Players
M. Bagley III
35 F
J. Simon
5 G
35.5 Min. Per Game 35.5
11.3 Pts. Per Game 11.3
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
59.9 Field Goal % 45.3
35.4 Three Point % 40.9
62.1 Free Throw % 63.1
  Defensive rebound by St. John's 0.0
  Trevon Duval missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Tariq Owens made 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
  Tariq Owens missed 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Wendell Carter Jr. 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Tariq Owens 3.0
  Grayson Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot 5.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
  Shamorie Ponds missed 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Personal foul on Grayson Allen 17.0
+ 1 Marvin Bagley III made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
Team Stats
Points 77 81
Field Goals 24-51 (47.1%) 30-65 (46.2%)
3-Pointers 9-20 (45.0%) 8-17 (47.1%)
Free Throws 20-29 (69.0%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 36 33
Offensive 14 9
Defensive 18 15
Team 4 9
Assists 10 14
Steals 4 8
Blocks 6 2
Turnovers 18 9
Fouls 20 22
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 2 REB
33 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 4 Duke 19-4 393877
home team logo St. John's 11-13 324981
Team Stats
away team logo 4 Duke 19-4 82.7 PPG 43.7 RPG 15.9 APG
home team logo St. John's 11-13 77.1 PPG 35.2 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
00
G. Trent Jr. G PPG RPG APG FG%
2
S. Ponds G 19.7 PPG 4.1 RPG 5.1 APG 45.3 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Trent Jr. G 22 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
S. Ponds G 33 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
47.1 FG% 46.2
45.0 3PT FG% 47.1
69.0 FT% 72.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Trent Jr. 22 2 0 7/12 5/7 3/4 3 40 2 0 3 1 1
M. Bagley III 19 7 2 6/10 2/4 5/8 4 34 1 0 6 4 3
W. Carter Jr. 14 15 1 3/6 0/0 8/8 4 34 0 4 1 6 9
T. Duval 11 0 5 5/13 1/4 0/2 3 32 0 0 4 0 0
G. Allen 7 2 2 1/7 1/4 4/6 3 40 0 0 3 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
G. Trent Jr. 22 2 0 7/12 5/7 3/4 3 40 2 0 3 1 1
M. Bagley III 19 7 2 6/10 2/4 5/8 4 34 1 0 6 4 3
W. Carter Jr. 14 15 1 3/6 0/0 8/8 4 34 0 4 1 6 9
T. Duval 11 0 5 5/13 1/4 0/2 3 32 0 0 4 0 0
G. Allen 7 2 2 1/7 1/4 4/6 3 40 0 0 3 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bolden 4 6 0 2/2 0/0 0/1 1 10 0 2 1 3 3
J. DeLaurier 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. White 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 8 1 0 0 0 0
B. Besser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Vrankovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Goldwire - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. O'Connell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Buckmire - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 32 10 24/51 9/20 20/29 20 200 4 6 18 14 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 33 7 3 12/23 4/8 5/7 2 40 4 0 3 3 4
B. Ahmed 19 4 2 6/10 3/4 4/5 3 38 1 0 2 1 3
T. Owens 17 4 0 7/13 0/0 3/4 2 37 2 1 2 2 2
J. Simon 5 5 7 2/11 0/0 1/2 4 37 1 0 1 2 3
M. Clark II 4 4 1 2/5 0/2 0/0 5 21 0 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 33 7 3 12/23 4/8 5/7 2 40 4 0 3 3 4
B. Ahmed 19 4 2 6/10 3/4 4/5 3 38 1 0 2 1 3
T. Owens 17 4 0 7/13 0/0 3/4 2 37 2 1 2 2 2
J. Simon 5 5 7 2/11 0/0 1/2 4 37 1 0 1 2 3
M. Clark II 4 4 1 2/5 0/2 0/0 5 21 0 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Trimble Jr. 3 0 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 4 22 0 0 0 0 0
A. Alibegovic 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Yakwe 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
J. Camus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Diakite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 24 14 30/65 8/17 13/18 22 200 8 2 9 9 15