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Ponds scores 26 and St. John's goes to 9-0

NEW YORK (AP) Shomorie Ponds scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half and combined with Justin Simon for nine points in a game-ending run as undefeated St. John's fended off Princeton 89-74 on Sunday at the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival.

Princeton trailed by 19, 75-66, with eight minutes left after Ponds scored 10 points in a 26-8 run. But the Tigers responded by outscoring the Red Storm 18-5, capped by a 3-pointer by Jose Morales, and closed within six with 3:41 remaining but didn't score again, missing their final six shots.

LJ Figueroa added 17 points and Marvin Clark II 13 with both grabbing a game-high eight rebounds for the Red Storm (9-0), who shot 56 percent in getting off to their best start since the 1990-91 team also began 9-0.

Devin Cannady made six 3-pointers and scored 18 points and Jaelin Llewellyn, in his collegiate debut, added 17 for Princeton (4-4), making its first Garden appearance since 2000 and playing St. John's for the first time since 1982.

St. John's led 41-38 at halftime on Figueroa's 3-point play in the final minute.

Before the game, St. John's honored late Hall of Fame basketball writer Jim O'Connell of The Associated Press with a special presentation to his family. The players wore a red patch with O'Connell's nickname, ''Oc.'' O'Connell, an alumnus, was a fixture covering sports at the Garden. He died in July at 64. The Garden will also place a permanent plaque at his workspace in the media room.

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Key Players
M. Stephens
S. Ponds
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
21.0 Pts. Per Game 21.0
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
43.5 Field Goal % 53.5
0.0 Three Point % 34.8
62.5 Free Throw % 87.5
  Defensive rebound by Shamorie Ponds 15.0
  Ethan Wright missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
+ 2 Justin Simon made layup, assist by Shamorie Ponds 32.0
  Offensive rebound by St. John's 53.0
  Justin Simon missed free throw 53.0
  Personal foul on Myles Stephens 53.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Simon 55.0
  Jaelin Llewellyn missed 3-pt. jump shot 57.0
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:04
+ 1 Shamorie Ponds made 1st of 2 free throws 1:04
  Personal foul on Myles Stephens 1:04
Team Stats
Points 74 89
Field Goals 28-63 (44.4%) 34-61 (55.7%)
3-Pointers 13-31 (41.9%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 5-6 (83.3%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 29 38
Offensive 6 7
Defensive 22 26
Team 1 5
Assists 15 14
Steals 8 16
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 20 14
Fouls 15 9
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
26 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Princeton 4-4 383674
home team logo St. John's 9-0 414889
Team Stats
away team logo Princeton 4-4 69.6 PPG 39.6 RPG 10.5 APG
home team logo St. John's 9-0 77.5 PPG 34.7 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
3
D. Cannady G 18.2 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.7 APG 41.6 FG%
2
S. Ponds G 19.5 PPG 4.2 RPG 5.2 APG 45.5 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Cannady G 18 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
S. Ponds G 26 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
44.4 FG% 55.7
41.9 3PT FG% 38.9
83.3 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Cannady 18 4 2 6/14 6/13 0/0 3 36 1 0 5 0 4
J. Llewellyn 17 1 4 7/16 3/7 0/0 2 36 0 0 4 1 0
R. Aririguzoh 14 6 1 5/7 0/0 4/5 2 28 0 1 3 3 3
M. Stephens 6 2 2 3/8 0/2 0/0 3 35 2 0 2 0 2
S. Much 0 3 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 16 0 1 0 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Cannady 18 4 2 6/14 6/13 0/0 3 36 1 0 5 0 4
J. Llewellyn 17 1 4 7/16 3/7 0/0 2 36 0 0 4 1 0
R. Aririguzoh 14 6 1 5/7 0/0 4/5 2 28 0 1 3 3 3
M. Stephens 6 2 2 3/8 0/2 0/0 3 35 2 0 2 0 2
S. Much 0 3 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 16 0 1 0 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morales 13 4 5 5/8 2/2 1/1 3 25 4 0 4 1 3
W. Gladson 3 4 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 4
R. Schwieger 3 1 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 11 1 0 1 0 1
J. Desrosiers 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 2
E. Wright 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Johns 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1
E. Berbari - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Bramlage - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Reynoso-Avila - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Bagin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Barnes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Friberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Kyle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 28 15 28/63 13/31 5/6 15 200 8 2 20 6 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 26 5 5 11/18 1/4 3/3 1 32 4 1 5 2 3
M. Heron 12 3 2 4/11 2/4 2/2 1 30 3 0 2 1 2
M. Dixon 7 0 0 2/4 2/3 1/2 1 22 1 0 2 0 0
B. Trimble Jr. 3 4 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 20 1 1 0 0 4
G. Williams Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 26 5 5 11/18 1/4 3/3 1 32 4 1 5 2 3
M. Heron 12 3 2 4/11 2/4 2/2 1 30 3 0 2 1 2
M. Dixon 7 0 0 2/4 2/3 1/2 1 22 1 0 2 0 0
B. Trimble Jr. 3 4 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 20 1 1 0 0 4
G. Williams Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Figueroa 17 8 0 8/12 0/2 1/1 1 29 3 0 1 3 5
M. Clark II 13 8 2 4/6 1/2 4/6 2 30 3 1 2 1 7
J. Simon 11 5 4 4/8 0/1 3/7 1 31 1 0 1 0 5
J. Camus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Keita - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Caraher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Earlington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 33 14 34/61 7/18 14/21 9 200 16 3 14 7 26