Figueroa, Ponds lead St. John’s past Wagner 73-58

NEW YORK (AP) — LJ Figueroa scored 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and Shamorie Ponds had 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high 14 assists to help St. John’s beat Wagner 73-58 on Sunday night.

The Red Storm (10-0) is off to its best start since Chris Mullin helped the team to 14 consecutive wins to start the 1982-83 season. Ponds had the most assists by a St. John’s player since Omar Cook had 13 against Boston College on Jan. 10, 2001.

Ponds assisted on a 3 by Figueroa that gave the Red Storm the lead for good less than 30 seconds into the second half and sparked an 18-2 run. Mustapha Heron and Ponds hit back-to-back 3-pointers to cap the spurt and make it 47-32 as Wagner missed 11 consecutive field-goal attempts. The Seahawks (4-5) trailed by double figures the rest of the way.

Marvin Clark II had 14 points and Heron scored 10 for St. John’s.

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Romone Saunders, the only Wagner player to score more than eight points, had 17.

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