NEW YORK -- A few quick thoughts on No. 5 Duke's 77-68 win over St. John's on Sunday at Madison Square Garden:
What it means: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski collects career win No. 1,000 -- but it certainly wasn't easy. St. John's led for much of the game, but couldn't close the upset out.
The Red Storm fall to 13-6 overall (2-4 in Big East). The Blue Devils rise to 17-2 overall (4-2 in ACC).
The turning point: After falling behind 21-10, St. John's rallied to take a 43-39 halftime lead. Rysheed Jordan and Sir'Dominic Pointer carried the Red Storm, scoring 16 and 13 first-half points, respectively.
Pointer's putback with 14:08 remaining gave St. John's its largest lead, 53-43. The Red Storm still led by 10, 61-51, with just over eight minutes remaining when Duke launched an 18-2 run with consecutive three-point plays by Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor. Jones' 3-pointer with 1:16 left was the dagger, putting the Blue Devils up 72-65. They finished St. John's off from there.
Star watch: Pointer played arguably the best game of his St. John's career, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals. Jordan finished with 18 points, just two of them coming in the second half. D'Angelo Harrison, who has been dealing with a calf injury, scored 12 points -- well under his average of 19.5
Jones finished with a team-high 22 points and 6 assists for Duke. Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Number crunch: St. John's shot a blistering 54.8 percent in the first half (17-for-31). But the Red Storm couldn't keep it up in the second half, shooting just 33.3 percent (10-for-30).
What's next: St. John's will play at Creighton on Wednesday at 9 p.m. Duke will play at No. 8 Notre Dame on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.