The Georgetown Hoyas have never opened Big East play 0-5. That still holds true, as the Hoyas picked up an 85-55 victory over the St. John’s Red Storm Monday night at the Verizon Center.
Georgetown was led by LJ Peak, who had 16. He was one of four Hoyas in double figures, joined by Rodney Pryor (13), Jagan Mosely (13) and Marcus Derrickson (11).
For the Red Storm, the story was the same as usual. Shamorie Ponds led with 12, Marcus LoVett and Bashir Ahmed added 10 each, and the rest of the supporting cast struggled. Those struggles were magnified in the second half, where St. John’s scored just two points in the first ten minutes to fall into an ultimately insurmountable deficit.
While this victory doesn’t save the season for Georgetown, it’s a game they had to win. Falling to 0-5 in conference play for the first time in program history probably would have caused the fanbase to revolt even more than they already have been over the past few weeks. At the very least, there’s now the faintest glimmer of hope.
For St. John’s, they have to just keep swimming, if you will. Things will get better eventually. The team needs to keep growing and developing together. Ponds and Marcus Lovett are great pieces for the future.
The Hoyas will take a break from conference play and welcome UConn to the Verizon Center on Saturday. St. John’s, meanwhile, will welcome Villanova to Madison Square Garden.