NEW YORK -- D'Angelo Harrison scored 18 points as St. John's tied a school record with 15 blocks and pulled away late in the second half for a 65-47 victory over Longwood Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena.
Sir' Dominic Pointer added 11 points for St. John's (4-1), which shot 37.3 percent (22-of-59) and made 3 of 19 from 3-point range. Phil Greene IV chipped in eight points while JaKarr Sampson had a season-high 11 rebounds.Chris Obekpa added eight points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots as St. John's equaled the school record for the second straight game. Freshman Rysheed Jordan returned from a one-game suspension for violating team rules and also scored eight points.Jeylani Dublin led Longwood (2-4) with 16 points. Lucas Woodhouse added 10 for the Lancers, who shot 33.9 percent (19-of-56).The Red Storm allowed the game's first seven points, and struggled with Longwood for most of the game, but pulled away late in the second half.Harrison was 6 of 19, including 3 of 11 from three-point range. He salvaged his worst shooting night of the season with two key baskets in the final six-plus minutes.Harrison hit a left elbow mid-range jumper and subsequent foul shot with 6:11 remaining for a 50-37 lead. Longwood was within seven points two minutes earlier. With 4:27 remaining, he hit an open three-pointer for a 56-43 lead.It was the second time that the Red Storm opened a double-digit lead but this time they sustained it.St. John's seemed to be taking command with a 10-0 run that gave them a 40-27 lead with 11:42 on a dunk by Pointer. Longwood responded with a 10-4 spurt as Dublin scored six straight points to help the Lancers get with 44-37 with 8:47 left.St. John's missed its first seven shots and did not have a point for the first 6:10 before getting consecutive dunks from Obekpa and Orlando Sanchez. The Red Storm missed their first nine 3-pointers before taking a 20-19 lead on Harrison's 3-pointer with 3:14 left in the first half.Jordan scored four straight points for St. John's, giving them a 25-23 lead on a mid-range baseline jumper with 34 seconds left. After Woodhouse committed a turnover, Branch scored on a nifty one-handed layup through traffic with six seconds remaining for a 27-23 edge at halftime.