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St. John's Holds Off Bulldogs

January 26, 2014


INDIANAPOLIS, IND -- The visiting St. John's Red Storm held off a Butler rally early in the second half and coasted to a 69-52 victory in a BIG EAST game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Jan. 25). The loss drops the Bulldogs to 11-9 on the season and 1-7 in conference. 

The Bulldogs started strongly, building a ten-point lead behind sophomore guard Kellen Dunham with 10:06 remaining in the first half, but St. John's stormed back on a 26-9 run heading into halftime. The Red Storm stretched their lead to as many as 15 to start the second half, but Butler pulled within seven behind a pair of baskets from senior forward Khyle Marshall and smooth layup from freshman guard Elijah Brown with 8:44 remaining in regulation.

St. John's answered Butle's run with a final decisive charge.  The Red Storm (12-8, 2-5 BE) closed out the game on a 12-2 run behind forward Jakarr Sampson (20 points, 7 rebounds) and guard Rysheed Jordan (16 points, 5 rebounds), and secured its second BIG EAST victory.

St. John's out-rebounded the Bulldogs 35-21, including 10 boards on the offensive end. The rebounding margin led to 10 2nd chance points for the Red Storm.

"I think the biggest thing in tonight's game is that our defense wasn't as good as it needs to be in order for us to compete in games and have chances to win," said Butler coach Brandon Miller. "We need to get better on that end of the floor, and that needs to start in our next practice."

The Bulldogs had a season-low eight attempts from 3-point range, and connected on only one attempt, shooting 12.5% from beyond the arc. Dunham, who finished 1-5 from deep, had 13 points and 4 rebounds.

Marshall finished the game with 16 points and 4 rebounds, and added a block and a steal as well. Junior forward Kameron Woods added seven points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Butler will continue BIG EAST play on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Seton Hall.

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