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St. John’s falls to Georgetown in another blowout loss

The St. John’s men’s basketball losing streak is now at 15 after a 92-67 loss to Georgetown at the Verizon Center. The Johnnies fell to 7-18 on the season and are still winless against Big East teams thus far.

This season has been a disappointment for Chris Mullin, his staff, and team as the Johnnies are paced to become the second worst team in the program’s history. The 2003-2004 St. John’s basketball team went 6-21, with only one win vs. Big East teams.  Not only was the 2003-2004 season terrible, but it was scandalous as well. There have not been any scandals this season, which is a good thing and it would be advantageous if it stayed that way.

Christian Jones led the Johnnies with a very efficient game posting 14 points and nine rebounds, on 5-of-6 shooting. Kassoum Yakwe scored double figures for the third straight game, finishing with 12 points.

For the Georgetown Hoyas, three players combined for 67 points. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 24 while Isaac Copeland added 23, and L.J. Peak contributed 20 points en-route to a blowout win.

Georgetown got off to a hot start, as Smith-Rivera scored the first eight points and jumped out to an early lead. Peak and Copeland carried the Hoyas for the rest of the first half, each contributing 14 points apiece. They were 11-of-14 on shot attempts before half.

After only four minutes into the contest, the Hoyas developed a double-digit lead. The Johnnies would answer with five straight points, however, the Hoyas would go on a 10-2 run to bring it back to a double-digit lead and would not look back. They maintained a double-digit game for the rest of the game.

St. John’s scored six of the last eight points in the first half as Yankuba Sima hit a jumper to beat the buzzer to end the half. The score was 48-32 at the midway mark. In the second half, the Johnnies could not get closer than 14. Georgetown shot the ball at a 54.2% clip and outrebounded St. John’s, 39-27.

After the game, Mullin said, “I thought the first half dictated everything. Letting them get looks like that and run free is not the way St. John’s-Georgetown basketball is supposed to be played.” He would go on to say, “They have a nice offense.” From my standpoint it was way too easy. [They] were too comfortable and there was no resistance”.

The Johnnies hope to end this school-record losing streak on Saturday when they take on No. 1 Villanova at the Wells Fargo Center. Game time is set at 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

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