By Jerry Del Priore
Shamorie Ponds’ near-triple-double propelled St. John’s to a 73-58 win over Wagner College (Staten Island) Sunday at Carnesecca Arena, and improved its record to a perfect 10-0, the first time in 36 years that the Jonnies started the season with ten or more victories since the 1982-83 campaign.
That’s when sophomore Chris Mullin guided St. John’s to a program-record 14-straight wins to start the season before eventually winning the college’s first Big East hoops title.
The former Thomas Jefferson High School point guard posted 16 points, 14 assists and nine boards in 36 minutes of action.
Ponds’ 14 dishes broke his personal career-best of 10.
While Brooklyn native Ponds enjoyed an expectational tilt, he didn’t spur his squad to victory alone. Sophomore guard/forward L.J. Figueroa scored a contest-high 19 points while red-shirted senior forward Marvin Clark II and junior guard Mustapha Heron put up 14 and 10 points, respectively.