The St. John's Red Storm will try to prove they're not pretenders but contenders Sunday in the Big East Conference, as they host the No. 11 Georgetown Hoyas (noon on MSG) at Madison Square Garden. The Red Storm (8-8, 2-3) are looking to stay in the middle of the pack of the Big East standings, while the Hoyas (13-2, 3-3) are looking to bounce back from two straight losses.
On Wednesday, the Johnnies lost 83-64 at No. 25 Marquette Golden Eagles, who trailed 32-21 at halftime. Junior forward God'sgift Achiuwa led St. John's with 20 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Moe Harkless scored 17 points and added six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
Currently, freshman D'Angelo Harrison paces St. John's in scoring with 15.6 points per game, while Harkless is just behind with 15.4 ppg and is tops in rebounds with 8.4 per game. Achiuwa is also scoring in double digits with 12.1 ppg and collecting 6.1 rpg.
Meanwhile, the Hoyas are coming off back-to-back losses to West Virgina Mountaineers and Cincinnati Bearcats, respectively.
In its last three games, Georgetown is averaging 16.3 turnovers, including 17 against Cincinnati. Senior guard Jason Clark is the Hoyas' top scorer with 15.4 ppg.