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Reynolds career night boosts Xavier to 65-53 win over Red Storm
QUEENS, N.Y. (WKRC) -- Jalen Reynolds posted both career- and game-highs in points and rebounds to lead Xavier to a hard-fought road win at Madison Square Garden over St. Johns, 65-53. The freshman forward made his mark on both ends of the court, scoring 17 points and hauling in 16 rebounds.
Reynolds career night came on the strength of 7-for-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. On the boards, Reynolds grabbed 12 defensive rebounds and four offensive. The double-double is the first of his career.
Holding a one-point lead, 39-38, with just over 13 minutes left in the contest, Xavier scored the next seven points to open an eight-point advantage. The Musketeers pushed the lead to as many as 10, 51-41, before the Johnnies made a run back.
St. Johns cut the lead to four with 2:37 on the clock, but Xavier closed out the game on a 10-2 run to secure the victory.
The win moves Xavier into sole possession of third place in the BIG EAST with a 19-9 overall record and 9-6 mark in league play. St. Johns falls to 18-11, including 8-8 in conference action.
Joining Reynolds in double-figures were Semaj Christon, Matt Stainbrook and Isaiah Philmore. Christon tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Stainbrook was an efficient 6-for-7 from the floor for 13 points. Philmore chipped in 11 points and five boards.
Guard Dee Davis set the table for the Musketeers, dishing out a game-high nine assists. Davis entered the game ranked second in the conference in assists (4.9 apg).
The Musketeers closed the game 24-of-52 (46 percent) from the floor. XU limited SJU to just 22-of-60 (37 percent) shooting and just 2-of-16 (13 percent) from long range. The battle of the boards was also won by Xavier, 39-34.
Xavier held a slim, 31-30, advantage at the halftime break. The Musketeers were an efficient 14-of-24 (58 percent) from the field, while the Red Storm connected on 43 percent (12-of-28) of their attempts.
St. Johns was led by Jakarr Sampsons 14 points and five rebounds. Both Rysheed Jordan and Orlando Sanchez tallied 11 points.