No. 10 St. John’s 86, Seton Hall 75
NEW YORK (AP) _ Bootsy Thornton scored a career-high 27 points and No. 10 St. John’s shot 65 percent from the field in the first half of an 86-75 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night.
Ron Artest had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Red Storm (13-3, 4-1 Big East), who bounced back from Wednesday night’s loss at Miami that ended a nine-game winning streak. They did it with an impressive first half that saw them shoot 19-for-29 from the field.
Thornton, a 6-foot-4 junior college transfer, had 15 points as St. John’s took a 47-32 halftime lead.
Seton Hall (9-5, 3-2), which lost for the second time in three games after a seven-game winning streak, trailed 58-37 with 15:30 to play. It got back in the game with a 14-2 run that made it 70-62 with 4:41 to play.
Rimas Kaukenas had half of the Pirates’ points in the run and Shaheen Holloway had two points and two assists, but the Red Storm didn’t let Seton Hall get closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Starting point guard Erick Barkley had 16 points for St. John’s, as did his backup, Collin Charles.
Kaukenas led the Pirates with 18 points, all but two in the second half, while Gary Saunders had 14 and Duane Jordan and Holloway added 13 each. Holloway also had nine assists.
Thornton, whose previous best was 23 points against Pittsburgh, was 11-of-16 from the field, the fifth time in the last six games he has shot better than 50 percent. The Red Storm finished 30-for-52 from the field (57.7 percent).
Seton Hall finished 26-for-66 (39.4 percent) from the field, but never recovered from the 32.3 percent in the first half (10-for-31).