Freshman Jalen Reynolds posted his first career double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds in XU's win over St. John's.
Feb. 25, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - Jalen Reynolds posted both career- and game-highs in points and rebounds to lead Xavier to a hard-fought road win at Madison Square Garden over St. John's, 65-53. The freshman forward made his mark on both ends of the court, scoring 17 points and hauling in 16 rebounds.
Reynolds career night came on the strength of 7-for-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. On the boards, Reynolds grabbed 12 defensive rebounds and four offensive. The double-double is the first of his career.
Holding a one-point lead, 39-38, with just over 13 minutes left in the contest, Xavier scored the next seven points to open an eight-point advantage. The Musketeers pushed the lead to as many as 10, 51-41, before the Johnnies made a run back.
St. John's cut the lead to four with 2:37 on the clock, but Xavier closed out the game on a 10-2 run to secure the victory.
The win moves Xavier into sole possession of third place in the BIG EAST with a 19-9 overall record and 9-6 mark in league play. St. John's falls to 18-11, including 8-8 in conference action.
Joining Reynolds in double-figures were Semaj Christon, Matt Stainbrook and Isaiah Philmore. Christon tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Stainbrook was an efficient 6-for-7 from the floor for 13 points. Philmore chipped in 11 points and five boards.
Guard Dee Davis set the table for the Musketeers, dishing out a game-high nine assists. Davis entered the game ranked second in the conference in assists (4.9 apg).
The Musketeers closed the game 24-of-52 (46 percent) from the floor. XU limited SJU to just 22-of-60 (37 percent) shooting and just 2-of-16 (13 percent) from long range. The battle of the boards was also won by Xavier, 39-34.
Xavier held a slim, 31-30, advantage at the halftime break. The Musketeers were an efficient 14-of-24 (58 percent) from the field, while the Red Storm connected on 43 percent (12-of-28) of their attempts.
St. John's was led by Jakarr Sampson's 14 points and five rebounds. Both Rysheed Jordan and Orlando Sanchez tallied 11 points.
The Musketeers welcome Creighton to Cintas Center for a Saturday evening clash. Game-time is slated for 5 p.m. The Bluejays won the first meeting between the two schools, 95-89, when they met in Omaha, Neb., on Jan. 12.