DePaul remains winless in Big East with loss to St. John’s

The Blue Demons whittled a 12-point deficit with six minutes left to four in the last minute before falling short.

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Head coach Dave Leitao of the DePaul Blue Demons looks on during the game against the Seton Hall Pirates at Wintrust Arena on December 30, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

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NEW YORK — Rasheem Dunn poured in 19 points with eight rebounds and five assists and Greg Williams Jr. sank two late free throws as St. John’s turned back DePaul 74-67 Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Mustapha Heron scored 15 points with three 3-pointers and Julian Champagnie added 11 as the Red Storm broke a three-game losing skid to claim their first Big East victory.

St. John’s (12-5, 1-3) held a 12-point lead with 6:03 to play before DePaul (12-4, 0-3) whittled that to 71-67 inside the final minute. Williams, who scored four points, all at the line, sank two free throws with 41 seconds left, making it a two-possession game.

DePaul missed four shots in the final 1:53, including three 3-point attempts, finishing 3-for-15 from behind the arc. Jaylen Butz led the Blue Demons with 17 points on 6-for-6 shooting. Jalen Coleman-Lands added 15 points and Charlie Moore 14, but were a combined 3-of-13 from deep. Moore compiled 12 assists and eight rebounds.

The teams had combined for a 23-3 nonconference record but are 1-and-7 in the Big East. St. John’s plays Providence on the road on Wednesday. DePaul matches up against Villanova on the road on Tuesday.

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