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Johnnies dominant yet again in Gavitt Tipoff matchup with Nebraska (Highlights)

Shamorie Ponds leads an electric charge from the St. John’s offense as they take down Nebraska, 79-56, at the Gavitt Tipoff.

  • St. Jonh’s 79 (3-0)
  • Nebraska 56 (2-1)
  • Gavitt Tipoff Games, Final

The Red Storm hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Carnesecca Arena as a part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games where they were victorious, 79-56. From the Jump, St. John’s controlled the flow of the game against the Cornhuskers.

Outside of the first possession which led to a sloppy turnover, St. John’s looked locked-in. Nebraska was able to take a 5-2 lead 61 seconds into the contest. The Johnnies proceeded to go on a 15-to-3 run and never looked back.

With sound defense in the interior, lead by Tariq Owens, the Johnnies were able to come away with five blocks in first half. Offensively, Shamorie Ponds really put on a show. Scoring eight of St. Johns’ last 11 points of the 1st half, finishing the night with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The second half was much of the same for St. Johns. Nebraska had no answer for St Johns guard play. The lethal trio for the Red Storm of Shamorie Ponds, Marcus Lovett, and Justin Simon combined for a total of 49 points. St. Johns would stretch the lead to 23, thanks to the dunk show put on by Bashir Ahmed and Justin Simon. St. Johns’ last four buckets came the way of the dunk, one of which came via an off the backboard pass from Ponds to Simon.

Defensively, the Johnnies were stingy all night. Playing physically and fast. Holding Nebraska to 28 percent shooting from the field. Cornhuskers were noticeably frustrated late in the game. Players began to make mistakes like poor fouls or forced shots. One negative I would take away from the defensive end was Nebraska’s ability to find the open shots on the perimeter. They just didn’t knock them down.

Tariq Owens really stood out and showed why he was the Big East’s leading shot blocker a year ago. Owens would finish the night with 6 total blocks for the game. Rebounding has been something to watch for the Johnnies but for the second straight game, they improved in this area. Out-rebounding the Cornhuskers by 11, led by Simon with twelve. This was the transfers second straight double-double. St. Johns was active on both ends, playing what is their most complete game yet. St. Johns improves to 3-0 on the year and Nebraska falls to 2-1.


The Red Storm next take the court on Monday, Nov. 20, against the Molloy Lions of the East Coast Conference. The game is slated to start 6:30 p.m. ET at Carnesecca Arena. The Johnnies look to improve to 4-0 at home.