St. John's was the 68th team selected in the NCAA Tournament's field of 68, and they looked the part Wednesday night as they never held a lead in a 74-65 loss to Arizona State in a First Four matchup of No. 11 seeds in the West Region. St. John's was eliminated and still hasn't won a Tournament game since 2000. >> Box score
Things to know about Wednesday's game...
1) This was the worst day for Mustapha Heron to have a nightmare of a game. The Auburn transfer had just six points after entering the game averaging 14.9 points per game for the season. Heron didn't score in the first half and finished 1-for-11 from the field with four turnovers. Early in the second half he went to the line for three free throws and missed all three attempts. Marvin Clark II did not score and finished 0-for-5 from the field after averaging 10.8 points per game during the season.
2) Shamorie Ponds did what he could to try to keep the Johnnies in it, scoring 25 points with four assists. St. John's trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half but got to within seven on a Ponds 3-pointer with 3:59 remaining. LJ Figueroa had 19 points and 11 rebounds in a strong effort.
3) St. John's was unbelievably sloppy and careless with the ball all night, throwing the ball away multiple times without being pressured by Arizona State, failing to communicate with one another. Despite that, the door was still open for a comeback late in the game but they couldn't hit free throws.
The Johnnies made just 13 of 23 free-throw attempts, with Justin Simon going just 4-for-9 from the line. Simon missed both of his free-throw attempts when the Red Storm trailed by seven with 2:10 left, and Romello White promptly dunked at the other end to put the Sun Devils up nine with 1:56 remaining.
4) The 25 points St. John's scored in the first half was their lowest total in a half this season. They shot just 22-for-69 (31.9 percent) from the field, including 8-for-30 from 3-point range. Arizona State shot 22-for-49 (44.9 percent) from the field, including 14-for-26 in the first half.