HARTFORD, Conn -- A quick take on St. John's 83-69 loss to No. 9 Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at a sold-out XL Center.
WHAT IT MEANS: St. John's has its three-game winning streak snapped, and falls to 7-6 overall, 1-1 in Big East play. UConn (12-1, 2-0) is the second top 10 opponent the Red Storm have faced on the road already this season. While the final score was similar to the game at Kentucky back on Dec. 1 (81-59), St. John's played better this time around.
THE SKINNY: UConn jumped out to an early lead in this one, as it took St. John's almost four minutes to get on the scoreboard. The Huskies took their biggest lead of the first half, 35-21, with just over four minutes to play, and led 38-25 at the break. The Red Storm shot just 8-for-32 from the field, 1-for-13 from 3-point range, but hung in there by shooting 8-for-8 from the foul line and turning the ball over only three times.
UConn continued to drain shot after shot early in the second half, scoring on its first five possessions. The Huskies opened up their largest lead of the game, 70-47, with 7:16 to play. St. John's went on a 12-1 run from there, cutting its deficit to 71-59 with just over four minutes left. That was as close as the Red Storm got.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Every starter except Phil Greene was in double figures for St. John's. D'Angelo Harrison led the way with 17 points. Harrison did not shoot the ball well (4-for-16), but showed good aggressiveness against the defending national champs.
God'sgift Achiuwa and Moe Harkless had 16 points apiece. And Sir'Dominic Pointer had a career-high 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds, including a couple of electrifying dunks you'll be seeing on "SportsCenter."
NUMBER CRUNCH: UConn shot 29-for-48 from the field (60.4 percent), St. John's 21-for-58 (36.2 percent). That disparity is too much for any team to overcome. On the bright side for the Red Storm, they only turned the ball over seven times and forced 15 UConn turnovers.
WHAT'S NEXT: Another tough game for St. John's, hosting No. 4 Louisville on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.