Hoyas Overwhelm St. John’s for 1st Big East Win (photos)

Mac McClung drives the baseline against Josh Roberts of the Johnnies. Photo by Jeff Malet.

The Georgetown University men’s basketball team (11-5, 1-2 Big East) decisively defeated the St. John’s Red Storm (11-5, 0-3 Big East) on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

The outcome was not in doubt after the Hoyas ran off 16 straight points, taking a 45-16 lead with 3:25 left in the first half. Georgetown was particularly potent from the three-point line, making 9 of 23.

Following a 10-point scoring run, the Johnnies clawed back to a 13-point deficit midway through the second half, only to see the Hoyas pull away to a 87-66 win behind the scoring of Mac McClung (24 points) and Jamorko Pickett (18 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks). It was the first double-double of Pickett’s career. LJ Figueroa topped the scoring for St. John’s with 23 points.

The game, the 114th all-time meeting between the two schools, was Georgetown’s first conference win after out-of-town losses to Providence and Seton Hall. Fortunately for the Hoyas, sophomore guard McClung appeared fully recovered from an eye injury, which forced him to miss the Providence game. Thinned out by the loss of four players to transfer, the Hoyas can ill afford any more injuries to the starting five.

The Hoyas will face a tough task at nationally ranked Villanova on Saturday, Jan. 11, before returning to Capital One Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 15, for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Creighton.

View Jeff Malet’s photos of the St. John’s game by clicking on the photo icons below.

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