NCAAB Game Recap - St. John's at Villanova
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:30 PM EST

MD
74
Minn
73
F
StJon
60
Vill
71
F
Rut
64
PSU
65
F
UGA
90
SCar
94
F(OT)
UCF
65
UConn
81
F
ECU
68
SoFL
73
F(OT)
Syr
72
Pitt
49
F
Rich
73
GrgWas
70
F
Brad
74
IlSt
71
F(OT)
Albany
69
UMassL
88
F
Sien
84
Quin
77
F
Denv
51
IPFW
58
F
ETSU
60
Woff
54
F
Samf
78
WCU
109
F
Chat
71
VMI
64
F
UVA
56
VaTec
53
F
Hartfo
65
Stony
54
F
Duques
81
StBon
77
F(OT)
Furm
81
UNCG
67
F
LoyMD
57
Navy
62
F
Bingha
76
UMBC
74
F
VACom
52
UMass
60
F
Maris
56
Manh
65
F
UNH
77
Maine
70
F
Boston
55
Leh
57
F(OT)
URI
76
Ford
75
F
Mercer
73
Citad
57
F
Colg
70
Buck
71
F
HolyC
61
Army
67
F
Lafy
59
Amer
79
F
NWSt
59
SFA
90
F
SeLA
82
McNee
104
F
N DA
83
NebOm
84
F(OT)
ArkSt
74
ULLa
77
F
IndSt
77
SIU
68
F
Evans
64
NrthIA
84
F
TXAMC
81
NOrl
75
F
InWor
66
Lamar
86
F
Nich
93
HBU
85
F
GTown
72
Marq
93
F
Tenn
69
Ark
86
F
ND
62
BC
61
F
NM
58
AF
60
F
Mizzu
61
Vand
52
F
StJos
63
StLou
76
F
LSU
66
Fla
81
F
SamH
69
AbCh
85
F
UtVal
66
CBap
73
F
Utah
62
Stan
70
F
CSNor
73
LongB
64
F
Bois
66
UNLV
76
F

Feb 26, 2020, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

St. John's (14-14)

34

26

60

(12) Villanova (22-6)

36

35

71

No. 12 Villanova beats St. John's 71-60 on night for Lowry
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:53 PM

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Kyle Lowry was as headstrong as any Villanova star to wear the uniform, and nearly wore out his welcome with coach Jay Wright before he ever hit the court. The two have since become extremely tight, and when Lowry returned for a night in his honor, Wright requested a picture with Lowry and his two young sons, and a trio of former Wildcats. When the fussy kids were still shooting hoops, Lowry wrangled them over for a quick picture.

"They listen way better than you did," Wright cracked.

"They know I don't play," Lowry said.

The photo opp still fresh in his mind, Wright smiled as he said, "That was my favorite part of tonight."

But No. 12 Villanova's 70-61 survive-to-the-finish victory over St. John's on Wednesday night was certainly a close second. The Wildcats had 13 turnovers, two offensive rebounds, and trouble shaking the Red Storm until late on a night the program saluted Lowry. Lowry, a five-time All-Star guard for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors, might have provided a dose inspiration for the young Wildcats (22-6, 11-4 Big East).

"We were commentating on his toughness and competitiveness," Wright said. "That's something the young guys have to learn."

Saddiq Bey hit four 3-pointers and scored 23 points and Justin Moore had five 3s for 21 points for the Wildcats.

St. John's came in 12 1/2-point underdogs and kept the deficit within single digits for most of the second half. Greg Williams Jr. buried a 3 for the Red Storm (14-14, 3-12) with 4:37 left that pulled them within six.

Moore, though, steadied the Wildcats with his fifth 3 of the game, a driving layup and a pull-up jumper in succession that stretched the lead to 13 and sealed another win for the perennial Big East power.

"They had guys who made plays," St. John's coach Mike Anderson said. "We had guys who almost made plays."

Lowry made plenty of big plays in his two seasons with the Wildcats as one of the early pieces that helped build Wright's program into a national power.

Lowry was flanked by former teammates and called the jersey recognition honor a "once in a lifetime" experience that he was able to share with his wife and two young sons. His sons, Karter and Kameron, played with the microphones at a halftime press conference.

Lowry played from 2004-2006 when the Wildcats made their first two NCAA Tournament trips of Wright's young tenure.

"From the time I got here, he was kind of on that proverbial hot seat," Lowry said. "Now, he's never going anywhere and he's one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball."

Wright has since won two national titles at Villanova and was named the AP Coach of the Decade. Wright has said how Lowry skipped classes and was disruptive at practice, so much so that it got to the point where the feisty guard might not have made it to a second season. Lowry laughed when he recalled his rocky relationship with his coach.

"My freshman year, I was such an immature kid and I didn't know what to expect, I didn't know what I wanted or what I could do or what my abilities were off the court," Lowry said. "I didn't know what I was, I didn't know who I was. Me and Coach never talked about basketball. We always talked about these things off the court. That's why me and Jay, to this day, have the relationship that we have. It wasn't nothing about basketball. He didn't worry about me on the court. He worried about me as a man."

PRETTY CLOSE

Villanova hit seven 3s to St. John's one in the first half but only led 36-34 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

St. John's is just counting down the days until the season ends. Barring an improbable run to a championship in the Big East Tournament, the Red Storm are looking for the future. They played their fourth straight game without Mustapha Heron (13.8 points) because of a sprained right ankle.

"We'll win ballgames," Anderson said. "We've got three more on the schedule. That's our intention, to go and get better."

Villanova won its fifth straight game and has a big rematch against No. 13 Seton Hall ahead on March 4. Seton Hall won the first meeting and both teams could meet again in a conference tournament title game.

NOVA-ON-NOVA RUMBLE

Lowry had a staredown with former Wildcat Donte DiVincenzo, the most outstanding player of Villanova's 2018 title team, after a hard foul in Toronto's game against Milwaukee on Tuesday.

"Donte better cut that stuff out," Lowry said with a laugh. "That's my guy, though. I fouled him hard and he didn't like it. It's all in the competitive nature. I love Donte and what he's doing. He's having a great year. Hopefully, we see them in the playoffs."

UP NEXT

St. John's returns home to play No. 10 Creighton

The Wildcats play Providence on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center.

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Leaders

St. John's PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Earlington 12 0 0 5 1 0
R. Dunn 12 0 5 2 1 0
Villanova PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Cosby-Roundtree 0 0 0 7 0 0
S. Bey 23 0 3 4 1 0

Team Comparison

StJon Vill
Points For 60 71
Field Goals 23/66-35% 22/51-43%
Three Pointers 2/12-17% 11/31-35%
Free Throws 12/15-80% 16/21-76%
Offensive Rebounds 8 8
Defensive Rebounds 23 38
Rebounds 35 52
Blocks 3 4
Steals 7 2
Turnovers 4 13
Personal Fouls 16 14
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Vill Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Jan 28 Vill 79 @ StJon 59 B. Slater 2 M. Heron 3
Wed Feb 26 StJon 60 @ Vill 71 D. Caraher 2 B. Slater 2

Game Information

Stadium: Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 6,501
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