St. John's 91, Providence 67

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 27, 2011
Freshmen Moe Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison had season highs of 32 and 25 points and St. John's opened Big East play with a 91-67 victory over Providence on Tuesday night, snapping the Friars' seven-game winning streak. Phil Greene, another freshman, had 12 points for the Red Storm (6-6, 1-0), who won their third straight after a three-game losing streak and had a season-high for points. The previous best was 82 points in a 24-point win over UMBC. The Red Storm came into the game averaging 66.7 points - 15th in the 16-team Big East - but they had 47 and a 16-point lead at halftime. Harkless had 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double in a five-game span. Gerard Coleman had 20 points for the Friars (11-3, 0-1), who had won three straight road games and had only been allowing 62.9 points per game.
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