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Rapid Reaction: St. John's 81, San Fran 57

NEW YORK -- Some quick thoughts on St. John's 81-57 win over San Francisco on Wednesday at Carnesecca Arena:

What it means: St. John's avoids a letdown three days after coming up just short against No. 2 Syracuse. The Red Storm had high energy from the opening tip, and took down a solid San Francisco team expected to finish in the top half of the West Coast Conference.

St. John's improves to 7-3 on the season, while San Francisco drops to 6-5.

The turning point: The game was tight for much of the first half, before St. John's expanded its lead to a dozen, 43-31, at halftime. D'Angelo Harrison scored 12 points before intermission.

The Red Storm put the game away early in the second half. Rysheed Jordan's conventional 3-point play with 16:21 left pushed the lead to 20 for the first time, 56-36. The rest was basically garbage time.

Star watch: Harrison finished with a game-high 18 points, one of four St. John's players in double figures. He also tied the school record for career 3-pointers, 151, previously set by Willie Shaw. JaKarr Sampson had 14 points, Orlando Sanchez added 11 and Jordan chipped in 10.

San Francisco's leading scorer and rebounder, Cole Dickerson (15.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG), was plagued by foul trouble all night. He finished with just four points and two rebounds in 15 minutes, fouling out with 12:23 left in the game.

Number crunch: The Red Storm outrebounded the Dons 35-24, including 15-6 on the offensive glass -- leading to 16 second-chance points. San Francisco committed 21 turnovers, while St. John's had just 11.

What's next: St. John's hosts Youngstown State on Saturday at 2 p.m., again at Carnesecca Arena.