Harrison leads St. John's 73-57 win over Wagner

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 15, 2013
D'Angelo Harrison scored 25 points and St. John's overcame a bad-shooting second half to beat Wagner 73-57 on Friday night, the Red Storm's 10th straight home-opening win. Harrison, a junior guard who led the team in scoring last season at 17.8 points per game, had 27 points in the season-opening loss to No. 20 Wisconsin. Sir'Dominic Pointer had 10 points for the Red Storm but he came up big when the Seahawks straightened out their shooting woes and got as close as six points with 3:44 to play. Six of Pointer's points came after Wagner had closed within eight points for the first time. He dunked to make it 56-46; he scored on a long layup to make it 58-48; and his vicious rebound dunk with 2:47 left made it 64-54 and the Seahawks could get no closer. Latif Rivers led Wagner with 25 points and fellow guards Jay Harris and Kenneth Ortiz had 14 and 10, respectively. St. John's (1-1) used solid man-to-man defense to force the Seahawks (1-2) into some tough shots in the first half and the Red Storm shut down any idea of an inside game for Wagner. Seahawks forward Mario Moody finished 2 of 13 from the field with most of his misses coming within feet of the rim. But Wagner turned the tables on the Red Storm in the second half, shooting 45.2 percent (14 of 31) while holding the Red Storm to 34.8 percent (8 of 23). St. John's missed 10 of its first 13 shots from the field in the second half, giving the Seahawks chances to cut into the 36-22 halftime lead and they did, finally hitting some outside shots. Neither team had success from long range. The Red Storm were 0 for 10 from beyond the arc while the Seahawks were 7 of 23 after they started out by missing 11 of their first 13 3-point attempts. JaKarr Sampson had 13 points and seven rebounds for St. John's, which finished with a 45-34 rebound advantage. The Red Storm were 29 of 36 from the free throw line while the Seahawks were 6 of 9. St. John's is 16-2 all-time against Wagner with the Seahawks' last win coming in February 1956.
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