NEW YORK — Shamorie Ponds scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half, dominating a highly anticipated matchup between two of the nation’s top guards, and St. John’s rebounded impressively from its first loss of the season by routing No. 16 Marquette 89-69 on Tuesday at Carnesecca Arena.
Marvin Clark II had 22 points and Mustapha Heron added all 16 of his after halftime for the Red Storm (13-1, 1-1 Big East), who snapped Marquette’s eight-game winning streak.
With leading scorer Markus Howard held to 8 points on 2-for-15 shooting, the Golden Eagles (11-3, 0-1) got blown out in their conference opener. Howard entered averaging 25.1 points per game, best in the Big East and ranked fifth in the country.
No. 9 Florida State 87, Winthrop 76: Terance Mann scored 22 points and Phil Cofer added 14, helping the Seminoles hold off the Eagles for their seventh straight win.
The Seminoles have opened with a 12-1 record for the fourth time in school history, matching their best start.
Mann shot 10 of 11 from the floor, scoring 14 second-half points and grabbing seven rebounds.
Florida State was up 56-38 but Winthrop charged back to trail 63-61 with 11:50 left.
Adam Pickett scored 19 points and Charles Falden (L.C. Bird) added a season-high 15 points for Winthrop (8-5).
Radford 80, Mars Hill 51: Devonnte Holland scored a career-high 16 points, Ed Polite Jr. had 12 points, nine boards and three blocks and the Highlanders beat the Division II Lions in Radford.
Radford led 40-31 at the break with the help of 12 points off turnovers. Holland, who had 11 points at the break, completed a 3-point play and capped his scoring with 9:19 remaining to give Radford a 60-44 lead.
Caleb Tanner added 11 points for Radford (8-6) and Carlik Jones had 10.
Radford entered ranked eighth out of 351 Division I teams in 3-point percentage at 41.1, but was just 6 of 27 (22.2 percent) against Mars Hill.