St. John’s tops Providence in Big East opener

NEW YORK (AP) – Freshmen Moe Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison had season highs of 32 and 25 points and St. John's opened Big East play with a 91-67 victory over Providence on Tuesday night, snapping the Friars' seven-game winning streak.

Phil Greene, another freshman, had 12 points for the Red Storm (7-5, 1-0), who won their third straight after a three-game losing streak and had a season-high for points. The previous best was 82 points in a 24-point win over UMBC.

The Red Storm came into the game averaging 66.7 points – 15th in the 16-team Big East – but they had 47 and a 16-point lead at halftime.

Harkless had 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double in a five-game span.

Gerard Coleman had 20 points for the Friars (11-3, 0-1), who had won three straight road games and had only been allowing 62.9 points per game.

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