NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds had 22 points and five assists in his return from a back injury and St. John's broke away from Creighton for an 81-66 victory Wednesday night.
Mustapha Heron scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the Red Storm (15-3, 3-3 Big East), who lost their previous two games. That quickly knocked St. John's out of the AP Top 25 this week after the school's first appearance in four years.
LJ Figueroa had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Justin Simon added 16 points and four steals.
Ponds, the Big East preseason player of the year and one of the nation's top guards, missed Saturday night's home loss to DePaul with a lower back strain.
"It's definitely getting better. I can't put a number on it but it's definitely getting close to 100 percent," Ponds said. >> Read More
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