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St. John’s improves to 8-1 with win over Fordham

December 14, 2009

A balanced attack led St. John's to victory

Justin Brownlee came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, as St. John’s beat city rival Fordham 73-56 on Sunday in the 81st meeting between the two teams.

Paris Horne added 14 points as the Red Storm (8-1) won their second game in a row after suffering their only loss of the season Dec. 5 against Duke.

Brownlee made his statement early and emphatically. After throwing down a power jam and hanging on the rim to avoid injury, Brownlee sprinted back on defense and rejected a dunk attempt by Fordham’s Chris Gaston, who finished with a career-high of 32 points and 14 boards.

The Red Storm never trailed and built their largest lead at 53-32 on a jumper by Horne with 12:21 left to play in the game.

St. John’s did not shoot well but converted 21 Fordham turnovers into 19 points and had seven steals. They shot only 36 percent from the field (27-for-75) and missed all 14 of their 3-point attempts.

Freshman Chris Gaston, last week’s Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week, had a season-high 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Rams (3-7), who have lost four of their past five games. Brenton Butler added 11 points for the Rams.

The Red Storm also received some good news Sunday, as Temple defeated number 3 Villanova.  St. John’s beat the Owls earlier in the season, and now that victory looks extra impressive.

The Johnnies will have a full week off before playing Hofstra next Sunday in the semi-finals of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.  Game time is 2 pm.

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