SU returns Southerland, revives with home wins

Topping Notre Dame, St. John's keeps Orange atop Big East

— It was the 37th straight win in the Carrier Dome for the Orange who improved to 20-3 (8-2 league), extending its nation's longest active home streak in Division I. The victory also allowed SU head coach Jim Boeheim to garner an NCAA record of 35 20-win seasons.

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin had to miss the game due the overnight death of his 82-year old father Cap, leaving the reins to his assistant Rico Heins.

The SU backcourt excelled as Carter-Williams registered 17 points, 8 assists and posted a career-high six steals. In addition to the 16 points that were scored, Triche matched his career-best with seven assists that rounded out a balanced performance.

The visiting Red Storm gave the Orange a scare in the second half. Freshman Jakaar Sampson successfully penetrated through the 2/3 zone while scoring 21 points. DeAngelo Harrison tallied in 13 point and teammate guard Phil Greene scored 10 points.

The Red Storm had won 6 out of their last 7 games before falling to the Orange, though the circumstances of the game made it infinitely more difficult.

"What a tough way to come out and be a head coach for the first time, huh? Losing Cap is a big blow,” Heins said. “He was an ambassador of the game. He loved the game of basketball. My heart was heavy all day."

In the first half., the Orange greeted St. John's with a terrific offensive performance. SU was sharp early on, scoring on its first six out of seven shots as they built a 16-8 lead. Triche and Carter-Williams scored five points apiece, each of them making a 3-pointer.

The Orange continued to flourish and dominate both ends of the court, as the Red Storm often settled for shooting jump shots. But St. Johns rallied with a 7-0 run sparked from two Harrison short range field goals, and a Chris Obekpa 3 from the right corner that only reduced their margin to 33-19.

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