St. John's beats Connecticut 71-65

JIM O'CONNELL AP Basketball Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- JaKarr Sampson had 18 points to lead St. John's to a 71-65 victory over Connecticut on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm's sixth win in seven games.

Marco Bourgault and D' Angelo Harrison had 11 points each for the Red Storm (15-8, 7-4 Big East), who gave away all of a 15-point lead but recouped to hold on by going 11 of 12 from the free throw line over the final 2 1-2 minutes. Not bad for a team that entered the game 15th and last in the Big East at 63.2 percent.

Omar Calhoun had 21 points for the Huskies (15-6, 5-4), who had won their last three games while Shabazz Napier had 14 -- all in the second half -- and Deandre Daniels added 12.