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9th in Big East
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113dJeff Borzello

Auburn transfer Heron heading to St. John's

Guard Mustapha Heron, a transfer from Auburn, announced Thursday that he's committed to St. John's. Sources tell ESPN's Jeff Borzello that Heron will apply for a hardship waiver in order to play immediately.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

St. John's coach Chris Mullin, on the scuffle in the postgame handshake line with Xavier: "I didn't see anything."

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier coach Chris Mack, on the scuffle with St. John's in the postgame handshake line: "I'm not gonna throw anybody under the bus. A couple guys didn't want to shake hands." Didn't want to elaborate much beyond that.

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier advances to the Big East tourney semis, 88-60 over St. John's. Musketeers got hot from beyond the arc in the second half, and steamrolled the Red Storm. A brief scuffle in the postgame handshake line, after Xavier continued to pour it on in the final couple minutes, but it was broken up quickly.

Macura's 3 pumps up Xavier bench (0:32)

Kieran Darcy ESPN Staff Writer 

Xavier 33, St. John's 29 at halftime of the first Big East tourney quarterfinal. No big surprise — these teams played two close games in the regular season, and the Red Storm have wins over Duke and Villanova. Shamorie Ponds with just four points, 1–6 from the field. Justin Simon and Trevon Bluiett the leading scorers with 12 and nine, respectively.

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

St. John's could go from 15% chance to make the tournament to 77% with a win over Xavier per espn.com/bpi . St. John's is only 16-16 but already has the best pair of wins in the country per BPI (Duke & at Villanova).

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St. John's Ponds scores 26 in return from abdominal strain

Shamorie Ponds returned from an abdominal strain and scored 26 points and ninth-seeded St. John's took over in the second half to beat ninth-seeded Georgetown 88-77 in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.

Simon and Owens try and break MSG rims with alley-oops (0:50)
Mullin, Ewing bring rivalry back to Big East tournament (1:09)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

St. John's guard Marcus LoVett is leaving the program to pursue a career in professional basketball. Missed most of the season with a knee injury.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 100 power forward J'Raan Brooks has decommitted from St. John's, source confirms to ESPN. (First reported by @NYPost_Brazille)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

That's now four straight wins after an 11-game losing streak for St. John's. Red Storm win at DePaul by one.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Shamorie Ponds is on another planet right now. Has 44 points on 22 shots tonight against Marquette, averaged 30.0 points over his last three games — against Villanova, Duke and Xavier. St. John's wins its third straight.

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

St. John's is the 80th best team in the country per BPI yet has the most impressive pair of wins this season.

Team Stats

Points Per Game73.1192nd
Rebounds Per Game33.6268th
Assists Per Game12.8238th
Points Allowed72.6179th

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Tournament History

Final Fours2
Tournament Record27-31
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances29