HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Joel Soriano had 19 points and 13 rebounds in St. John’s victory over No. 6 UConn 85-74 Sunday, his first win in Hartford since 1988.
The double-double was the 16th of the season for Soriano. AJ Storr and Posh Alexander each added 14 points for the Red Storm (13-6, 3-5 Big East), who have won two in a row after a five-game losing streak. Dylan Addae-Wusu and Rafael Pinzon each added 12 points and Andre Curbelo had 10.
Jordan Hawkins led all scorers with 29 for UConn (15-4, 4-4 Big East), which has lost four of its last five games after starting the season 14-0. Alex Karaban had 16 points and Adama Sanogo added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies.
The game was tied at halftime, but St. John’s scored the first two baskets after intermission and led the entire second half.
The Red Storm went up 68-60 on an AJ Storr dunk after UConn missed four shots that could have cut the lead to four points. That was part of a 9-0 run that put the Red Storm up by 13.
The Huskies led as many as eight points in the first half before St. John’s struggled to rally and after a 12-2 run they went up 27-22. The teams traded leads the rest of the half and entered the intermission tied at 38.
The game was extremely physical. UConn’s Donovan Clingan and St. John’s David Jones flagrantly fouled for exchanging elbows after Clingan grabbed a rebound in the first half. St. John’s Posh Alexander and UConn’s Hassan Diarra screeched at each other later in the half, each committing technical fouls.
Sanogo was ejected from the game for saying something to a referee with less than a minute to go and Curbelo was ejected a few seconds later.
St. John’s: The Red Storm earned their first road victory over a top 10 opponent since defeating Marquette 70-69 on February 5, 2019.
UConn: The Huskies had won their first 10 home games and entered Sunday riding a 15-game home winning streak.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
St. John’s: The Red Storm host Villanova at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
UConn: The Huskies travel to New Jersey to take on Seton Hall on Wednesday.
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