|Mason scores 17 as St. John's beats Hawaii 68-62|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 21 December 2007 13:38|
D.J. Kennedy and Justin Burrell scored 12 points each and Eugene Lawrence added 10 for the Red Storm (5-3).
Matt Gibson led the Rainbow Warriors (3-5) with 17 points and Bobby Nash added 12.
Hawaii pulled to within one late in the game, but Lawrence hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down and Paris Horne came up with a steal and breakaway dunk to put St. John's ahead 65-59 with 35 seconds remaining.
Burrell was 3-of-4 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the win for the Red Storm.
St. John's shot a season-high 60 percent from the field, including 71.4 percent in the first half. The Red Storm advanced to the tournament's three-place game Saturday.
St. John's made five consecutive field goal attempts and Hawaii turned the ball over on five consecutive possessions as the Red Storm went on an 11-0 run to take a 17-11 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the first half.
After trailing by as many as 10 points, Hawaii forced three St. John's turnovers in the final two minutes to close out the half with a 7-0 run.
The Red Storm led 34-31 at the break.