A 70-foot shot just before halftime gave St. John's force, and LJ Figueroa and the Red Storm utilized a solid cautious exertion in the second half to shock No. 13 Villanova.

Figueroa scored 22 and St. John's energized to beat the Wildcats 71-65 on Sunday night. It was the primary win for the Red Storm at Madison Square Garden against Villanova in 17 years, and they achieved the accomplishment before a vigorous sellout horde of almost 20,000 fans.

"It was as boisterous as I can recall, perhaps more intense," St. John's mentor Chris Mullin said. "I'm upbeat for them they got the chance to encounter that as well. There's in no way like that. There are some incredible spots to play school b-ball, however when you get a full Madison Square Garden against a title group like Villanova there's not at all like that. It's marvelous. It helped us. It kept us in the diversion and took us to another dimension."

Trailing by 17 late in the primary a large portion of, the Red Storm scored the last six, including Justin Simon's shot from the contrary 3-point line that managed an account in just before the ringer and made it 37-26.



"We were shouting the entire route into the locker room," said Mustapha Heron, who included 19. "We needed to do it on edge end (in the second half)."

The Red Storm (19-7, 7-6 Big East) was down 48-34 with 12:30 left. St. John's at that point scored 20 of the following 25 points to take its first lead on Figueroa's 3-pointer from the corner.

Amid that run, Villanova mentor Jay Wright was hit with a specialized foul for belligerence a call.

"Their half-court guard went to another dimension after they squeezed us and the group got moving," Wright said. "We had it to 11-12 in the second half there and they began squeezing us. They understood that turnover at half court and we got the specialized that truly made them go. That was the defining moment in the diversion."

The groups exchanged the lead throughout the following couple of minutes before Figueroa hit another 3-pointer that gave the Red Storm a 58-57 advantage with 3:12 left and began a 8-0 run.

The Red Storm drove 63-57 with 50 seconds left when Villanova's Phil Booth was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. He made two free tosses to get the Wildcats inside four.

That is as close as they could get as St. John's changed over its free tosses down the stretch to finish the greatest rebound since the group aroused from a 20-point shortage against DePaul in 2010.

Joe Cremo scored 14 points for Villanova (20-6, 11-2), and Eric Paschall included 11 and 14 bounce back.

"It was a story of two parts," Wright said. "We were extremely predominant in the primary a large portion of, the second half they coordinated up the power."

The diversion was a smidgen of vengeance for the Red Storm, who lost to Villanova by five subsequent to blowing a 11-point second-half lead on Jan. 8.

The Wildcats dominated the Red Storm at an early stage, outscoring them 29-10 over the initial 12 minutes. Amid that extend, the Red Storm abandoned a container for 7:39.