Feb. 4, 1998
Boston College Falls to St. John's, 91-79Game Statistics
BOSTON (AP) - Ron Artest and Felipe Lopez scored 26 points each, with Artest pulling down 13 rebounds, to lead St. John's to a 91-79 victory over Boston College on Wednesday night.
The Red Storm (17-7, 9-4 Big East) jumped out to a 21-10 lead with 12:31 left in the first half and never trailed in the game. Lopez and Zendon Hamilton each had eight points in that span. Hamilton finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
The 17 wins for St.John's is the most for the program in five years and is also the best start for the Red Storm since the 1990-91 season, when they began 18-6 and went to the NCAA Midwest Regional.
Antonio Granger finished with 22 points and Kostas Maglos chipped in 21 to lead the Eagles, who fall to 1-6 in Big East home games.
Boston College (12-11, 4-8) cut the deficit to five points on a 3-pointer from Granger with 4:52 remaining in the half and went into the break trailing by eight points, 43-35.
But Lopez and Hamilton scored St. John's next 12 points and took a 55-43 advantage with 15:03 to go in the game on a slam dunk from Lopez that resulted in a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Lopez scored five of his 11 field goals on dunks.
The Red Storm built a 21-point lead midway through the second half and were not threatened the rest of the way, despite missing six-of-eight free throws in a one-minute span down the stretch.
Artest, a highly touted freshman from New York City, recorded his third double-double of the season and added three blocks. St. John's has won five of its six games on the road in the Big East.