St. John’s basketball matches best start and earns Top-25 ranking

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St. John’s basketball equals program’s best start in weekend win over Providence 

The St. John’s basketball team continues to take care of business each time it takes the floor as its impressive start to the season continued on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Storm (11-0, 3-0 Big East) took down Providence (9-5, 0-3 Big East), 63-55, to tie its program’s best start to a season.

The game was a tight back-and-forth affair up until the final stages of the game with the Red Storm leading 27-26 at halftime and the Friars taking a 43-40 lead into the 4th quarter.

The Johnnies opened up the final quarter with a 9-0 run to take control of the game.

A Jillian Archer jumper with 4:04 to go gave St. John’s a 56-48 lead, its largest of the game at the time.

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Archer posted 11 points, four rebounds, and an assist in 24 minutes played. The Santa Monica, California native is averaging 8.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game on the season, which is third and best on the team, respectively.

However, it was Jayla Everett who led the game with a season-high 21 points to go along with two rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes to continue her fantastic season.

Everett, a transfer from Pittsburgh, has come over to Queens and leads the Red Storm with 16.1 points per game. Her jumper with 53.2 seconds left in the game was the dagger, putting up St. John’s by nine points and eventually closing out the win.

The 11-0 start for the Johnnies matches its record from the 2004-05 season.

The Johnnies will have a chance to set a new record on Wednesday afternoon (2:00p.m. ET, FloSports) when they take on Wagner (5-5) inside Carnesecca Arena to close out the non-conference season.

St. John’s basketball earns major national recognition

In addition to matching a program record, St. John’s earned a place in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll this week.

The Johnnies are ranked No. 25 which marks the first time that the Red Storm are ranked since December 14, 2015.

The Red Storm were also named as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Team of the Week.

Wagner defeated St. John’s last season, 62-59, and it was St. John’s first loss to Wagner in nine all-time meetings.

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