NEW YORK NY - DECEMBER 20: Head coach Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm coaches against the Davidson Wildcats during the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden on December 20 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Georgetown Vs. St. John's: Red Storm Rains Down On Hoyas, Defeats Georgetown 61-58

The Hoyas are 0-2 on the road in Big East play after their tough 61-58 loss that took all 40 minutes to decide.

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Georgetown Vs. St. John's: Red Storm Rains Down On Hoyas, Escape With 61-58 Win

The Georgetown Hoyas had something to prove Monday after starting their Big East schedule on the wrong foot in a road loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Hoyas were looking for a big win away from home, but the St. John's Red Storm were not going to provide such an opportunity.

Dwight Hardy's 20 points led all scorers and propelled the Red Storm to a 61-58 victory, sending Georgetown to a 1-2 record in conference play.

The Red Storm's win, their first against a ranked opponent in their last 15 tries, started a stretch of seven consecutive games against ranked opponents. It got off to a good start thanks to Hardy and Justin Brownlee, who had 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. These two would prove to be important down the stretch.

Georgetown's top three leading scorers, Austin Freeman, Jason Clark and Chris Wright, combined for 20 points, about 30 points below their combined averages. Hollis Thompson led the Hoyas with 16 points.

After finding themselves down by six at halftime, the Hoyas tied the game at 35-35 within the first few minutes. The back-and-forth game would continue throughout the second half, especially in the final minute.

Clark scored on a layup as the shot clock expired despite being fouled. Clark hit the free throw to give the Hoyas a 56-55 lead with 55 seconds left.

Hardy would respond with a reverse layup of his own to restore the Red Storm's lead, but Clark grabbed an offensive rebound on Georgetown's next possession and hit two free throws after being fouled with 23 seconds left.

Hardy would not be outdone again as he cut to the basket and missed a layup, but Brownlee was there for the putback to give St. John's the lead. Georgetown had one more chance, but lost the ball out of bounds. St. John's hit two free throws with three seconds left to end the game.

The Hoyas will face the West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday and will look for revenge against St. John's January 26 at Verizon Center.

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Georgetown Vs. St. John's: Hoyas In Slugfest With Red Storm, Trail 32-26 At Halftime

The Georgetown Hoyas boast a physical team in both the frontcourt and backcourt, but the St. John's Red Storm aren't backing down.

Dwight Hardy's eight points has led to the Red Storm to a 32-26 halftime advantage.

Hollis Thompson has 10 of Georgetown's 26 points. The usual scoring options, Chris Wright, Austin Freeman and Julian Vaughn, have combined for just eight points. Henry Sims has six points off of the bench.

Only 15 of the 58 total points came from behind the three-point line. The majority have come in the paint and they haven't been easy to come by. The Hoyas and Red Storm combined for 20 rebounds, six offensive rebounds and 14 personal fouls.

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Georgetown Vs. St. John's: Hoyas Look For First Big East Road Win Against Improved Red Storm

The Georgetown Hoyas failed miserably in their first Big East road game, falling badly to Notre Dame in the Big East opener. Now, after defeating DePaul on New Year's Day, the Hoyas will try to get that elusive Big East road win again when they take on St. John's at Madison Square Garden.

This is no longer a cake walk for the Hoyas. St. John's is much improved, having started the season 9-3, including 2-0 in the Big East. New coach Steve Lavin has brought energy into the program, and after a slow start, the Red Storm has won four games in a row. Both Big East wins are on the road, as they have already won at West Virginia and at Providence. Currently, they are ranked 10th in the RPI, per Casual Hoya. 

Casual Hoya admitted that it is concerned about this game. 

I must admit that our performance up until 12/23/10 had lulled me into some sort of Zen place (or the closest that I can get to Zen). We were beating quality teams on the road and doing it by playing basketball that was enjoyable to watch- extra pass for a 3 here, backdoor for a layup there. Something has happened since then... We seem to have lost some of that cohesion and trust and our problem with grabbing defensive rebounds have resurfaced.These issues, coupled with the fact that this will be the first marquee BE match up in MSG for the Lavin-led Johnnies leads me to assess a SEVERE level of Nervousness. I also have a feeling that my level of nervousness will remain at a minimum of SEVERE for the next 3 months. I am really going to have to figure out a creative way to add some levels quickly. West F***** Virginia and Pittsburgh are next.    

The game will be on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. 

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