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St. John's at Georgetown
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, February 8, 2016
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

It has certainly been a trying first season at the helm for St. John’s coach Chris Mullin. The Hall-of-Famer seeks to end the Red Storm’s record-setting losing streak when they visit long-time Big East rival Georgetown on Monday.

After a hard-fought 90-83 loss to No. 5 Xavier on Wednesday, Mullin’s troops led Butler early Saturday. However, the Red Storm went 11 minutes between baskets and trailed by as many as 24 in the first half before falling 89-56 to the Bulldogs for their 14th straight loss. "It was strange. We got off to a pretty good start and it looked like there would be some carry over from the Xavier," Mullin told reporters afterward. "Then things fell apart.” Georgetown coach John Thompson III is also looking for some answers, having lost three straight and four of five since beating Xavier 81-72 on Jan. 19.

TV: 7 pm. ET, Fox Sports 1

ABOUT ST. JOHN’S (7-17, 0-11 Big East): Kassoum Yakwe, who leads the Big East with 2.9 blocks per game, scored 11 points against Butler but leading scorer Durand Johnson (12.1 points), a Pittsburgh transfer, had only five on 2-of-11 shooting in Saturday's defeat. Johnson and freshman Federico Mussini (12 points per game) are the only double-digit scorers but they shoot a combined 36.3 percent. Yankuba Sima, a 6-11 freshman (8.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.9 blocks) returned after a month layoff (hand) and had three points, five rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes against Butler.

ABOUT GEORGETOWN (13-11, 6-5): Senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera tied a career high with 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-8 from the arc, as the Hoyas demolished the Red Storm 93-73 on Jan. 13. Smith-Rivera was held to 11 points in Saturday’s 69-61 defeat against Seton Hall, but sophomore forward Isaac Copeland (10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds) scored 18 points and sophomore guard L.J. Peak (11 points per game) added 17. The Hoyas lead the Big East in 3-point shooting in conference games (37.4 percent) with Smith-Rivera leading the way (43.3 percent) and are second in free-throw percentage (77.3).

TIP-INS

1. St. John’s leads the all-time series 55-49 but has lost 10 straight road games at Georgetown.

2. The Red Storm's losing streak doubles the previous school record and matches Delaware for the longest current streak in Division I.

3. The Hoyas rank 23rd in the country in field-goal percentage defense (39.3).

PREDICTION: Georgetown 70, St. John’s 61
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
St. John's 7-17 L14 5-8 0-6 2-3 4-10 3-7 0-11
Georgetown 13-11 L3 8-5 4-5 1-1 6-5 7-6 6-5
Last Meeting
St. John's Georgetown
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/13/16 GTWN 93 SJU 73 73 27 38.9 93 27 51.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
St. John's R. Mvouika 15 85.7 1
Georgetown D. Smith-Rivera 33 68.8 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
St. John's K. Yakwe 8 3 5
Georgetown D. Smith-Rivera 6 3 3
Assists Player  
St. John's F. Mussini 4
Georgetown R. Williams 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
St. John's D. Johnson 290 36.7 54
Georgetown D. Smith-Rivera 393 42.5 86
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
St. John's C. Jones 120 35 85
Georgetown B. Hayes 160 42 118
Assists Player  
St. John's F. Mussini 63
Georgetown D. Smith-Rivera 108
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar St. John's Off vs  red bar Georgetown Defense
blue bar 65.2 Points For
red bar 69.7 Points Against
blue bar 38.5 FG%
red bar 39.3 FG%
blue bar 32.3 Reb
red bar 32.3 Reb
red bar Georgetown Off vs  blue bar St. John's Defense
red bar 72.9 Points For
blue bar 74.5 Points Against
red bar 43.7 FG%
blue bar 43.5 FG%
red bar 32.3 Reb
blue bar 37.1 Reb