QUEENS, N.Y. – Down by just two points at halftime to the St. John's Red Storm Saturday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena, the Sacred Heart men's basketball team shot just 30% from the field in the second as the Red Storm pulled away for a 90-55 win.
Sacred Heart – 3-5
St. John's – 7-1
The Turning Point
Down 24-16 with 6:53 to play in the first half, SHU went on an 18-10 run over the next 4:28 to tie the game 34-34 with 1:30 to play. The Pioneers made six of nine shots from the field to tie the game, including a stretch of five in a row capped by a De'von Barnett jumper. St. John's got the last basket of the half on a Marvin Clark II layup to take a 36-34 halftime lead.
After trading baskets to start the second half, St. John's went on a 15-2 run over 4:03 to take a 53-38 lead with 14:02 to go. Clark had six of the Red Storm's 15 points over that stretch. The Pioneers went almost seven minutes without a field goal as St. John's pulled away to a 73-41 lead with 6:53 to go.
- There were seven lead changes in the first nine minutes.
- LaRose and Zach Radz were a combined 7-for-9 from the three-point arc in the first half
- A Radz three-pointer at the 5:38 mark sparked a 15-8 Pioneers run over the next 3:49. De'von Barnett's jumper with 1:30 to go tied the game at 34-34, and was the fifth straight made basket for the Pioneers.
- The Pioneers were 6-for-8 from the field in the last six minutes of the half, making five straight shots at one point. Defensively, SHU held the Red Storm to 4-for-13 from the floor to cut the deficit to two at halftime.
- St. John's used a 15-2 run in 4:03 to take a 53-38 lead with 14:02 to play.
- After making seven of 11 three-pointers in the first half, SHU was 0-for-10 from the three-point arc in the second half.
- The Red Storm shot 69% from the field in the half.
Key Stats and Notes
- LaRose and Mario Matasovic each led SHU with 12 points. With his 12 Saturday, Matasovic has scored in double figures in all eight games this season.
- Zach Radz had nine points and six rebounds off the bench.
- SHU was outrebounded for the first time this season, 36-28.
- All five Red Storm starters scored in double figures, led by Shamorie Ponds' 22 points and seven assists.
SHU returns to the Pitt Center on Tuesday night to take on Dartmouth. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.