- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Freshman Shamorie Ponds scored a season-best 25 points and St. John’s held off Cal State Northridge 76-70 on Monday night.

Darin Johnson hit two free throws with 1:08 left to get CSUN within 71-68. After Bashir Ahmed went 1 of 2 at the other end, Tavrion Dawson made a layup with 40.3 seconds left to cut it to 72-70.

Kendall Smith, who finished with 10 points for CSUN, fouled out with 18.7 seconds left and Ponds sealed it with two free throws.

Ahmed added 13 points and Federico Mussini had 12 for St. John’s (4-5), which was coming off a 20-points victory - its largest winning margin on the road since 2009. The Johnnies set a program by hitting 16 3-pointers against Tulane on Friday and went 10 of 21 against CSUN.

Johnson finished with 16 points for Cal State Northridge (3-6), which is still seeking its first road win of the season after six tries.

Aaron Parks completed a 3-point play with 6:52 remaining to give CSUN a 62-61 lead - its first since 28-27.


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