Senior guard Dwight Hardy has a game-best 13 points to help the St. John's Red Storm (No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) earn a 41-36 hafltime lead over the No. 14 Villanova Wildcats in a Big East Conference game in Philadelphia, PA. St. John's made eight 3-pointers, including three from Hardy and senior guard Paris Horne, who has 11 points.
In the game's first seven minutes, St. John's (18-9, 10-5 Big East) jumped out to a quick 20-7, which included two 3-pointers by Hardy. However, the Red Storm cooled down and the Wildcats were able to shrink the disadvantage to five points heading into the locker room. Senior guard Corey Stokes has a team-best 11 points for 'Nova, which has lost three of its last five contest.
Statistically, St. John's is 14-of-28from the floor (50.0 percent) and 8-of-17 on 3-pointers. Senior forward D.J. Kennedy has chipped with 5 points and 6 rebounds. Villanova is `13-of-31 from the floor (41.9) and 5-of-15 (33.3) on 3-pointers. The Red Storm have outrebouned 'Nova, 17-11.