Providence Men's Basketball Team Falls To St. John's, 91-67, In BIG EAST Conference Opener

Dec. 27, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence men's basketball team fell to the St. John's Red Storm on the road by the score of 91-67, on Tuesday, December 27. The game marked the Friars' first BIG EAST Conference match up. They are now 11-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.

Sophomore Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) finished the game with 20 points and eight boards. Freshman LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) added 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds. The Red Storm held PC's leading scoring, junior guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to 11 points.

St. John's shot a season high 56.5 percent from the field as they went 35-for-62. Moe Harkless led all players in scoring and registered a double-double with 32 points and 13 rebounds. D'Angelo Harrison added 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and seven assists.

The Friars scored first to take the lead, 2-0, but it would not last as the Red Storm responded with a 9-0 run and never look back. St. John's would score 34 points off the Friars' season high 20 turnovers, to clinch the victory. The Red Storm would lead by as many as 26 points (81-55) in the game.

The loss marks the Friars' 10th BIG EAST road opener in 12 seasons. The last time the Friars opened BIG EAST play against St. John's, they won, 75-54, on December 31, 2008 at home. St. John's now leads the series versus Providence, 57-42, including a 31-15 edge in New York.

The Friars are back in action as they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown on December 31. The game will be on ESPN2 with opening tip set for 2:00 p.m.



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