WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A quick take on St. John's 71-61 loss to No. 11 Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center.
WHAT IT MEANS: St. John's is now 0-10 against Top 25 opponents -- but this was one of their grittiest performances of the season. The Red Storm hung right with a very good Georgetown team, on the road, and displayed a boatload of resolve and determination, particularly in the second half.
Nevertheless, it's the third straight loss for St. John's (10-15, 4-9 Big East). Georgetown improves to 19-5, and 9-4 in the conference.
THE SKINNY: St. John's fell behind early, 15-7, but battled back to make it 15-14, and hung tough the rest of the first half, trailing 31-26 at intermission. D'Angelo Harrison, who had just five points in the Red Storm's 69-49 loss to the Hoyas on Jan. 15, scored 10 in the first 20 minutes.
The Red Storm continued to stay within striking distance in the second half, cutting it to a one-posession game over and over again. But the Hoyas answered every single time, never relinquishing the lead. Moe Harkless in particular showed great aggressiveness in the second half, attacking the rim and earning free throws. But St. John's could never quite get over the hump, and Georgetown finished them off at the foul line.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Harkless and Harrison were both outstanding, again. Harrison finished with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Harkless scored 20 points, including 8-for-10 from the charity stripe. The future is bright, as long as these two guys are on the roster. They are two future stars -- in fact, you can already call them stars.
NUMBER CRUNCH: Fourteen -- that's the number of turnovers by both teams combined on Sunday. (Georgetown had eight, St. Johns six.) This was a high-quality basketball game, well played by both sides. Georgetown is just bigger, and deeper.
WHAT'S NEXT: St. John's has a quick turnaround, playing Seton Hall (17-8, 6-7 Big East) at the Prudential Center in Newark on Tuesday night.