Season Over for Men's Basketball
March 5, 1998
NEW YORK (AP) - Zendon Hamilton had 22 points and Felipe Lopez added 20, leading St. John's to a 91-80 victory over Boston College in the Big East tournament Thursday night.
The victory moved the Red Storm (22-8) into a semifinal game Friday night against Syracuse, which defeated Villanova 69-66 in the first game of the doubleheader.
It was St. John's 13th victory in the last 15 games and its third win over Boston College during that stretch.
It also was the first Big East tournament win for St. John's since Hamilton and Lopez arrived in the program four years ago as the top two freshman recruits in the country. The Red Storm reached the Big East semifinals for the first time since 1993.
Hamilton, who missed just one of his nine shots, got St. John's off and running against BC (14-16), scoring his team's first seven points. By halftime, he had 13 and Lopez 15 as the hot-shooting Red Storm made 17 of 25 shots and established a 45-39 lead.
BC narrowed the lead to one point at the start of the second half, but Tyrone Grant and Ron Artest got hot. Grant had nine of his 11 points and Artest five of his 15 in a 19-7 St. John's run that put the Red Storm comfortably in front.
St. John's hit 31 of 49 field goals for 63.3 percent, its best shooting night of the season.
Duane Woodward led BC with 18 points, while Antonio Granger scored 16 and Kostas Maglos had 15. Granger and Javier Rodriguez combined for 9 of 13 3-pointers as BC connected on 12 of 24 long-range shots.
Hamilton finished with 22 and Lopez had 20.