Arizona St. too much for St. John’s, who fall to 8-2
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After trailing one of the nation’s top offensive squads by as many as 18 in the first half, the St. John’s men’s basketball team narrowed the deficit to just one in the waning minutes of the contest, but could not close the gap.

Sixteenth-ranked Arizona State scored the game’s final 11 points to come away with an 82-70 victory and remain unbeaten on Friday night in Los Angeles at the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.

Shamorie Ponds led the way for the Red Storm (8-2) in the setback, scoring a team-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

For the third-straight game, St. John’s was without the services of the team’s second-leading scorer Marcus LoVett, who was sidelined with an injury.

In his absence, the Red Storm received outstanding efforts from each of their starters in the front court, as Marvin Clark and Tariq Owens provided an unquestioned spark for St. John’s.

Clark scored 13 of his career-high 18 points in the first half, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-7 from three-point range on the game. The Kansas City product also matched a career-best with seven rebounds for the third time in the last four games.

One of the nation’s top offenses entering the contest, the Sun Devils (8-0) were held below their season averages for points, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage.

Arizona State ranked fourth, third, and 16th in the nation entering the game in each of those categories, respectively.

Following a week off to concentrate on final exams, the Red Storm return to action on Sunday, making its first appearance of the season at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” in the Holiday Festival against Iona. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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