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St. John’s destroys UConn, will face Marquette with winner to play Nova

The Red Storm jumped all over a lackluster UConn team and cruised to an easy 73-51 victory in front of the home Madison Square Garden crowd. Junior forward Sean Evans tied a career-high with 19 points and chipped in nine rebounds as the Red Storm advanced to the second round of the Big East tournament, where it will face Marquette.

It is the second straight season the Red Storm has pulled off a first-round upset as a No. 13 seed. A year ago it knocked off Georgetown 64-59.

Just like last year, St. John’s will meet Marquette in the second-round. Last season the Golden Eagles had no problem with the Red Storm, jumping out to a 38-10 halftime lead before winning 74-55.

This year the two teams are a bit closer in talent. In their only meeting this season on Feb. 24, Marquette defeated St. John’s 63-61 in overtime on a game-winner from junior forward Jimmy Butler.

Villanova awaits the winner of Thursday’s game and is 3-0 this season against the two teams. It had two two-point victories against Marquette and an 81-71 win over St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.

– David Cassilo

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