College hoop roundup: St. John’s rallies for 77-74 win over Detroit
NEW YORK — D’Angelo Harrison, who spent the two exhibition games in coach Steve Lavin’s doghouse, broke out in the season opener, scoring 22 points as St. John’s rallied to beat Detroit 77-74 on Tuesday.
The Red Storm (1-0) finished the game on a 24-14 run. Phil Greene added 20 points, while Amir Garrett had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Chris Obepka lived up to his defensive reputation, finishing with seven points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Ray McCallum led the Titans (1-1) with 21 and Jason Calliste added 18.
Detroit was able to turn over St. John’s twice in the last minute and Juwan Howard Jr. was short on a possible tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The game was part of ESPN’s yearly marathon, 24 consecutive hours of college basketball.
Harrison, a sophomore guard, was taken out of the first exhibition game early and didn’t return, and he didn’t play at all in the second. Lavin said the player he expected to be the leader of the young team wasn’t doing what leaders were expected to do. Lavin stressed the transgressions were minor, and he hoped to use the situation to teach Harrison and the rest of the team.
St. John’s took its first lead since 25-23 when Sir’Dominic Pointer scored on a drive to make it 64-62 with 4:39 to play. That shot capped an 11-2 run during which the Titans managed one field goal — a drive by McCallum — in six possessions.
Detroit had scored 11 straight points to take a 34-25 lead with 2:04 left in the first half, and the Titans were up 37-29 at halftime despite shooting just 33.3 percent. The Red Storm weren’t much better, hitting 37.5 percent.
St. John’s shot much better in the second half (57.1 percent), but turnovers (15) became a big problem, and the Titans were able to turn them into 17 points.
Still, the Red Storm were hanging around, and a 7-0 run capped by two free throws by Garrett made it 60-60 with 6:39 to play. St. John’s was able to extend the lead to 75-69 on two free throws by Greene with 17 seconds left.
McCallum, the Horizon League preseason player of the year and the son of Detroit coach Ray McCallum, finished 8 of 23 from the field, including 4 of 12 from 3-point range.
Lavin returned after coaching just four games last season because of prostate surgery. The Red Storm were 13-19 last season under assistant coach Mike Dunlap, now the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats.
UMass rallies past
AMHERST, Mass. — Sampson Carter hit a 3-point shot in the final seconds to lift Massachusetts past Harvard 67-64 Tuesday in the Tip-Off Marathon.
Carter made his only shot of the game near the baseline to complete an 8-0 run by UMass.
Jesse Morgan, who led UMass with 19 points, made a 3-pointer to tie it 64-64 with 38 seconds left. After a turnover by Harvard, Chaz Williams drove to the basket and passed to Carter in the corner for the game-winner.
Wesley Saunders led Harvard with 18 points and Siyani Chambers had 14 points and seven assists.
UMass led 38-37 at the half and outrebounded Harvard 40-35.
Harvard went 22 of 26 from the free-throw line compared to 10 of 14 for the Minutemen.
Valpo beats N Illinois 69-46
VALPARAISO, Ind. — Ryan Broekhoff scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Valparaiso cruise to a 69-46 win over Northern Illinois on Tuesday.
The Crusaders (2-0) led by nine at halftime but blew the game open by hitting a trio of 3-pointers in the first 2:24 of the second half and leading by 25 as they pulled away. Two of the 3s came from Ben Boggs, who finished with 11 points.
Northern Illinois (0-2) was led by Aksel Bolin with 10 points and Daveon Balls, who had nine, but the Huskies shot only 29 percent (19 of 65) for the game — including just 4 of 18 from 3-point range.
Stony Brook tops Rider 54-46 in Tip-Off Marathon
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — Anthony Jackson and Dave Coley scored 12 points each to lead Stony Brook past Rider 54-46 Tuesday in the Tip-Off Marathon.
Freshman Jameel Warney had nine points, nine rebounds and three steals for Stony Brook (3-0), which started the game at 6 a.m. before a sellout crowd of 1,650 at Alumni Gymnasium as part of ESPN’s college hoops marathon.
Nurideen Lindsey scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Anthony Myles added 14 for Rider (1-1), which shot 30 percent from the field.
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