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Rapid Reaction: St. John's 69, Dartmouth 55

NEW YORK -- Some quick thoughts on St. John's 69-55 win over Dartmouth on Saturday at Carnesecca Arena:

What it means: Not much.

St. John's snapped its five-game losing streak, and recorded its first win of 2014. But it did so against a team expected to finish near the bottom of the Ivy League, with an RPI of 287. And it wasn't easy.

The Red Storm improve to 10-8 overall, and remain 0-5 in the Big East. Dartmouth drops to 7-8.

The turning point: St. John's jumped out to an early eight-point lead, but Dartmouth went in front 21-20 on a Malik Gill 3-pointer with 7:27 remaining in the first half. The Red Storm rebuilt an eight-point advantage, but the Big Green cut it to 38-34 at halftime on an Alex Mitola trey at the buzzer. D'Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV scored nine points apiece in the first half, but St. John's shot just 37 percent (10-for-27).

The Red Storm extended the lead to double digits for the first time, 45-34, on a pair of Greene free throws with 16:15 remaining in the game. The Big Green hung around for a few more minutes -- they still trailed by only nine, 50-41, midway through the second half. But St. John's put them away from there. Jakarr Sampson's lay-in with 4:10 left pushed the lead past 20, 66-45. Dartmouth looked gassed down the stretch.

Star watch: Greene finished with a game-high 16 points, shooting 4-for-5 from beyond the arc -- the four 3's was a career-high. Sampson chipped in 13 points. Orlando Sanchez had eight points and 10 rebounds.

John Golden had 13 points to lead Dartmouth.

Number crunch: St. John's was 17-for-22 from the foul line. Dartmouth was just 6-for-8.

What's next: St. John's hosts Seton Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m., the final game of the season at Carnesecca Arena.