Duke basketball just suffered a really, really bad loss on the road to St. John’s.
St. John’s just picked up a massive win at Madison Square Garden. Chris Mullin’s struggling program knocked off No. 4 Duke basketball.
The Red Storm were just 10-13 entering the game. Of course, all of those wins came before things ramped up in conference play.
Duke joins luminary programs New Orleans, Central Connecticut, Nebraska, Molloy, Oregon State, UCF, Sacred Heart, Grand Canyon, Iona, and Saint Joe’s. St. John’s was riding an 11-game losing streak entering today’s game.
Those 11 games were all in Big East play. The Red Storm have not won a game in league play, with those losses coming by an average of over 9.6 points per game.
The team is two games behind DePaul, a team that defeated it earlier in the year 91-74. So yes, this was a monumental upset.
Duke entered the game as an 11-point favorite on the road, via OddsShark. They ultimately fell 81-77.
Shamorie Ponds led the way for St. John’s with 33 points. Gary Trent Jr. had the top game for the losing side with 22 points, while Wendell Carter Jr. went for 14 points and 15 boards.
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Ponds hit the game’s biggest shot, shown above. It gave the Johnnies a four-point lead, after the team had briefly surrendered the lead to Duke.
Grayson Allen answered with a big three to cut things to 77-76, but could not come up on his next two big attempts. St. John’s made enough plays on defense, and knocked down enough free throws to put the game away.
The Red Storm trailed 39-32 at half, but surged during the first 15 minutes of the second half to take the game over. St. John’s wound up dominating the second half 49-38, and that is accounting for a Duke comeback that got the Blue Devils a lead with 1:35 left, after being down as much as 11 points.
St. John’s is now 11-13 with the win. Duke falls to 19-4.