Shamorie Ponds scored 22 points with five assists and two steals and St. John's broke away from Creighton 81-66 in a Big East clash Wednesday night.
Mustapha Heron scored 18 points, shooting 7 of 10 from the floor. Justin Simon scored 16 points with four steals and LJ Figueroa scored 16 with 13 rebounds for St. John's, which had lost its previous two games by a total of 13 points.
The Red storm (15-3, 3-3) scored 17 points off 13 Creighton turnovers and one intense sequence broke the game open. Late in the game, Simon missed a 3-pointer from the right corner and Creighton appeared to have the rebound, but its player's momentum was carrying him out of bounds and he flipped the ball back where Figueroa grabbed it and scored. Ponds then stepped in front of the inbounds pass and lofted a 3 from the left corner, which Figueroa tipped in, making the score 64-53 with 6:56 remaining.
The lead would grow to as many as 17 down the stretch.
The Bluejays trailed by as few as three points, cutting the gap to 46-43 when Martin Krampelj dunked with 14 minutes to go. St. John's outscored Creighton 21-14 over the next nine minutes to lead 67-55 on a Heron 3-pointer.
Marcus Zegarowski scored 17 to lead the Bluejays (10-8, 1-4), who have lost four in a row.