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 1ABOUT 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
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