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Ponds scores 22 in return, St. John's beats Creighton 81-66

NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds had 22 points and five assists in his return from a back injury and St. John's broke away from Creighton for an 81-66 victory Wednesday night.

Mustapha Heron scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Red Storm (15-3, 3-3 Big East), who lost their previous two games. That quickly knocked St. John's out of the AP Top 25 this week after the school's first appearance in four years.

LJ Figueroa had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Justin Simon added 16 points and four steals.

Ponds, the Big East preseason player of the year and one of the nation's top guards, missed Saturday night's home loss to DePaul with a lower back strain.

''It's definitely getting better. I can't put a number on it but it's definitely getting close to 100 percent,'' Ponds said.

Marcus Zegarowski had 17 points to lead the Bluejays (10-8, 1-4), who have lost four in a row.

Playing at Carnesecca Arena on campus, St. John's scored 17 points off 13 Creighton turnovers. Consecutive baskets by Figueroa made it 64-53 with 6:56 remaining, and the lead grew to 17 down the stretch.

Creighton cut the margin to 46-43 when Martin Krampelj dunked with 14 minutes to go. St. John's outscored the Bluejays 21-14 over the next nine minutes and led 67-55 after Heron's 3-pointer.

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Key Players
M. Ballock
24 G
S. Ponds
2 G
34.2 Min. Per Game 34.2
20.6 Pts. Per Game 20.6
6.0 Ast. Per Game 6.0
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
45.0 Field Goal % 49.4
46.6 Three Point % 40.4
70.8 Free Throw % 80.6
  Defensive rebound by Josh Roberts 4.0
  Kaleb Joseph missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Samson Froling 15.0
  Greg Williams Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
+ 2 Marcus Zegarowski made jump shot 33.0
  Defensive rebound by Creighton 38.0
  Josh Roberts missed layup, blocked by Samson Froling 40.0
  Defensive rebound by Marcellus Earlington 1:03
  Jordan Scurry missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:05
+ 2 Mustapha Heron made driving dunk, assist by LJ Figueroa 1:15
  Defensive rebound by LJ Figueroa 1:18
Team Stats
Points 66 81
Field Goals 26-60 (43.3%) 31-65 (47.7%)
3-Pointers 11-35 (31.4%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 3-4 (75.0%) 12-18 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 31 42
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 22 27
Team 2 5
Assists 19 13
Steals 5 6
Blocks 4 1
Turnovers 13 9
Fouls 21 13
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
22 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Creighton 10-8 343266
home team logo St. John's 15-3 394281
Team Stats
away team logo Creighton 10-8 79.4 PPG 37.2 RPG 15.9 APG
home team logo St. John's 15-3 78.5 PPG 36.3 RPG 14.5 APG
Key Players
11
M. Zegarowski G 10.8 PPG 3.4 RPG 3.1 APG 48.6 FG%
2
S. Ponds G 19.5 PPG 4.6 RPG 5.2 APG 45.7 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Zegarowski G 17 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
S. Ponds G 22 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
43.3 FG% 47.7
31.4 3PT FG% 43.8
75.0 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Zegarowski 17 3 4 6/11 5/8 0/0 4 36 1 0 2 1 2
D. Mintz 16 4 2 6/13 2/6 2/2 2 37 2 0 2 0 4
M. Krampelj 14 9 1 6/9 1/1 1/2 4 30 1 2 2 2 7
T. Alexander 10 2 2 4/13 2/10 0/0 3 30 1 1 5 1 1
M. Ballock 5 5 4 2/9 1/8 0/0 2 33 0 0 0 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Zegarowski 17 3 4 6/11 5/8 0/0 4 36 1 0 2 1 2
D. Mintz 16 4 2 6/13 2/6 2/2 2 37 2 0 2 0 4
M. Krampelj 14 9 1 6/9 1/1 1/2 4 30 1 2 2 2 7
T. Alexander 10 2 2 4/13 2/10 0/0 3 30 1 1 5 1 1
M. Ballock 5 5 4 2/9 1/8 0/0 2 33 0 0 0 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Bishop 4 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 8 0 0 1 1 0
K. Joseph 0 2 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 2
C. Cashaw 0 2 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 0 2
J. Scurry 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Froling 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 1 0 0 1
D. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mahoney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Epperson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Canfield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 29 19 26/60 11/35 3/4 21 200 5 4 13 7 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 22 2 5 8/17 2/4 4/6 2 35 2 0 0 1 1
M. Heron 18 3 0 7/10 1/1 3/3 2 27 0 0 0 1 2
J. Simon 16 6 3 6/17 2/4 2/5 1 34 4 0 4 1 5
L. Figueroa 16 13 2 7/12 1/3 1/1 3 34 0 1 3 4 9
M. Clark II 7 10 2 2/3 1/2 2/2 3 36 0 0 0 2 8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Ponds 22 2 5 8/17 2/4 4/6 2 35 2 0 0 1 1
M. Heron 18 3 0 7/10 1/1 3/3 2 27 0 0 0 1 2
J. Simon 16 6 3 6/17 2/4 2/5 1 34 4 0 4 1 5
L. Figueroa 16 13 2 7/12 1/3 1/1 3 34 0 1 3 4 9
M. Clark II 7 10 2 2/3 1/2 2/2 3 36 0 0 0 2 8
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Keita 2 1 1 1/4 0/1 0/1 1 14 0 0 0 1 0
B. Trimble Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 0 0
G. Williams Jr. 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0
J. Roberts 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
M. Earlington 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
J. Camus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Cole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lawrence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Caraher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 37 13 31/65 7/16 12/18 13 200 6 1 9 10 27