The St. John's Red Storm wrote the book on how to start Big East Conference play on Wednesday night.
Using senior forwards D.J. Kennedy and Justin Brownlee 17-points performances, the St. John's Red Storm defeat host West Virginia Mountaineers, 81-71, in both squads Big East opener.
Kennedy added a team-best 11 rebounds and six assists. Teammate Dwight Hardy netted a team-best 20 points, which included going 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the games' final 1:30.
St. John's (8-3, 1-0 Big East) dominated from the floor, shooting above 60 percent from the field, which included just one 3-point shot, and went 30 of 39 from the free-throw line.
West Virginia's Kevin Jones had a team-best 14 points.
On Saturday, St. John's travels to the Providence Friars (11-3, 0-1), which lost to but played with No. 5 Syracuse Orange Tuesday.
|Final - 12.29.2010||1||2||Total|
|St. John's Red Storm||34||47||81|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||28||43||71|