NEW YORK (AP) — St. John’s came up with a big win by doing all the little things.
In a matchup of teams going through disappointing seasons and with little chance of postseason play, the Red Storm used a slew of hustle plays to beat UCLA 66-63 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
The biggest of those hustle plays came with 6.5 seconds to play when Phil Greene tipped in D’Angelo Harrison’s 3-point attempt as the shot clock ran out.
The offensive rebound was the first of the game for Greene, a 6-foot-2 guard, and the 19th for St. John’s (11-16). It gave the Red Storm a 66-62 lead on their way to ending a four-game losing streak.
“I think we play scrappier than they do,” said St. John’s Moe Harkless, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds, six offensive. “We got a lot of offensive rebounds and I think we just played harder than they did,”
D’Angelo Harrison scored 22 points for St. John’s, which finished with 19 offensive rebounds that it turned into a 26-15 advantage in second-chance points.