NEW YORK -- A quick take on St. John's 69-49 loss to Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, a game that was a lot tighter than the final score indicates:
WHAT IT MEANS: St. John's is now 0-7 against Top 25 opponents this season, after losing to No. 11-ranked Georgetown. It's the second loss in a row for the Red Storm, who drop under .500 to 8-9 overall, 2-4 in Big East play.
THE SKINNY: St. John's got off to a good start in this one, opening up an early 13-5 lead. And then the Red Storm went cold, as they are prone to do, with just six points in the final 12:18 of the half. Georgetown led 25-19 at the break. The Hoyas didn't shoot the ball well in the first half either, but started to do damage via the offensive glass.
Georgetown extended its lead to as many as 12 early in the second half, but St. John's hung around, thanks mostly to Moe Harkless (see below). An 8-0 run cut the deficit to three, 48-45, with 6:36 to play. But that was as close as it got. Harkless fouled out with 5:15 left, and took the Red Storm's chances of completing the comeback with him. Instead the Hoyas poured it on, making the final score lopsided.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Harkless posted his sixth double-double in the past 10 games, despite fouling out so early, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He showed increased aggressiveness on offense, which is a very good thing. He didn't have much help, though. D'Angelo Harrison had an off day, shooting 1-for-12 from the field and finishing with just five points. This St. John's team can't win without significant production from Harrison.
NUMBER CRUNCH: You can't fault St. John's for its effort -- they clearly played very hard on Sunday. Against the much-bigger Hoyas, the Red Storm hung right with them on the boards -- Georgetown's edge was only 42-34, including only 19-17 on the offensive glass. And they scrapped on defense, holding Georgetown -- ranked No. 26 in the country in field goal percentage, 48.1 percent -- to 25-for-58 shooting (43.1 percent) from the field.
WHAT'S NEXT: St. John's goes back on the road, playing South Florida on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.