UConn won nine straight games against St. John’s, and with hopes of a tournament birth still at-large, they had everything to play for on Tuesday but they came up a short.
The UConn men opened up, and ended, their Big East run in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday afternoon with a 73-51 beat down by the hands of St. John’s.
St. John’s came out of the gate strong, leading by 10 points halfway through the first half and 13 by halftime. The Huskies were able to shrink the lead to eight points in the second half, but St. John’s went on a 10-0 run near the end of the second half, sealing the deal.
St. John’s Sean Evans led the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort. Kemba Walker led the Huskies with 12 points and five rebounds. UConn was a combined 6 for 18 from the charity stripe, and committed 20 turnovers.
St. John’s will play Marquette on Wednesday in the second round of the Big East Tournament.
This is the sixth straight loss in the Big East Tournament for the Huskies, a season-ending 22-point loss and the latest in a five-game losing streak.
With an at-large tourney bid for the NCAA Tournament all but gone, the Huskies are looking to the NIT tournament to continue their season.