St. John’s beat Villanova and Duke consecutively after starting 0-11 in Big East

We have never seen anything like this.

Something amazing is happening at St. John’s.

After a 10-2 mark in non-conference play, the Red Storm lost their first 11 games in the Big East. They broke that losing streak on Saturday against No. 4 Duke in Madison Square Garden in one of the season’s most shocking results.

How did St. John’s follow up that performance? By upsetting No. 1 Villanova, 79-75, on the Wildcats’ home court. St. John’s finally has its first Big East win.

Shamorie Ponds was again the star for the Johnnies. Here’s the stat line from his last three games:

  • 26 points on 8-of-20 shooting vs. No. 1 Villanova
  • 33 points on 12-of-23 shooting vs. No. 4 Duke
  • 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting vs. No. 6 Xavier

The sophomore guard is making a star turn. But that doesn’t fully explain how St. John’s has done this.

Chris Mullin might be a miracle worker

Consider that St. John’s is still under .500 on the season and just took down a pair of Final Four favorites in a span of five days. The Red Storm had lost 13 straight games to Villanova entering the night. It’s the program’s first win over a No. 1 team since 1985.

Head coach Chris Mullin is doing serious work.

St. John’s offense was ranked No. 158 in the country entering the game against Nova. They just scored an incredible 1.19 points per possession against Duke, then followed it up by grinding out a win over the top-ranked Wildcats.

Ponds didn’t do it himself. Sophomore guard Justin Simon added 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the win. Marvin Clark Jr. also added 13 points, while Bashir Ahmed put in 10 points.

With the win, St. John’s moves to 1-11 in the Big East. They are now only one game behind DePaul in the cellar of the conference.

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