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Recap: St Johns 53, Cincinnati 52
Line Movements
Date: January 05, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
  

CINCINNATI (AP) - St. John's coach Steve Lavin emphasized rebounding with his team during Friday's practice, Saturday's pregame meal, halftime and down the stretch.

The Red Storm took it heart, outrebounding No. 14 Cincinnati 40-34 en route to a 53-52 win. The upset snapped a two-game losing streak and gave St. John's its first Big East win of the season.

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The Bearcats (13-2, 1-1) began the day second in the nation in rebounding (45.3), but the Red Storm (9-5, 1-1) beat Cincinnati at its own game, relying on a physical presence in the paint to outlast the Bearcats.

Four of the previous five games in the series had been decided by exactly two points. After St. John's built a 12-point lead early in the second half Saturday, it looked like that trend would end until Cincinnati fought back late in the game.

Wright hit two 3-pointers in an 8-0 run that pulled Cincinnati within one with 2:32 left in the game. Wright's layup with 53 seconds to play gave the Bearcats a 52-51 lead.

But Red Storm leading scorer D'Angelo Harrison, coming off a career-high 36 points in the team's 98-86 overtime loss to Villanova on Wednesday, hit a jumper with 29 seconds left to regain the lead. Harrison finished with 15 points.

``My teammates believed in me, Coach called it a great play, I got the switch I wanted, and I just pulled up right over him and it was a great shot,' Harrison said. ``Coach could have called anyone's number, and he called my number and I delivered.'

Titus Rubles, who finished with 14 points, squared up for Cincinnati with 6 seconds left but missed the jumper. St. John's pulled down the rebound, which forced Cincinnati to foul with 3 seconds left and heave a last-minute shot from beyond half court at the buzzer.

``I said to the team, why don't we take this opportunity today to flip it and outrebound Cincinnati so we can win?' Lavin said. ``And they came through. When you're aggressive, you tend to have a bounce come your way, you tend to make a shot like D'Angelo did. The aggressive team is the one who makes their breaks, and I thought we were able to finally get over the hump and finish a win because we were aggressive from start to finish.'

The Red Storm missed nine of their first 10 shots but stayed in the game thanks to solid play on the boards.

Cincinnati led by seven points with 6:14 left in the first half, but St. John's found its scoring touch inside as the Bearcats' offense fizzled.

Cincinnati's first-half offense looked similar to its last home game, a 55-54 loss to New Mexico on Dec. 27, in which it missed 21 shots in the paint and shot just 31.3 percent from the field. Cincinnati managed to shoot 28.6 percent in the first half Saturday, well below the team's 43.6 percent mark for the season, and shot just 31.7 percent for the game.

``Point blank, they just beat us,' Wright said. ``Every loose ball, every rebound, they just got it and outplayed us. It seems like we just started going through the motions of the game and thinking we'd be able to win it no matter what instead of just playing.'

JaKarr Sampson, who led the Red Storm with 16 points, saw Saturday's game as redemption for a subpar performance in Wednesday's loss to Villanova. In that game, Sampson fouled out after scoring just two points.

``I was just a little sick after that game because I felt like I didn't contribute enough to my team,' Sampson said. ``I felt like I was a little piece of the reason why we lost . but I bounced back tonight and got it started tonight.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 STJOHN  +750   +13.5   138 
 CINCI  -1100   -13.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 STJOHN     +13.5   138 
 CINCI     -13.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 STJOHN  n/a   44%   29% 
 CINCI  n/a   56%   71% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 5
 
    Pittsburgh at Rutgers
11:00 AM EDT
    Wake Forest at Duke
12:00 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at Maryland
12:00 PM EDT
    Purdue at Michigan St
12:00 PM EDT
    Seton Hall at Notre Dame
12:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Northeastern
1:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Kansas State
1:45 PM EDT
    Texas at Baylor
2:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin-Green Bay at Detroit
2:00 PM EDT
    James Madison at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Pennsylvania at LaSalle
2:00 PM EDT
    Georgetown at Marquette
2:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Michigan at Massachusetts
2:00 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Illinois
2:15 PM EDT
    Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech
2:30 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Creighton
3:00 PM EDT
    Stanford at UCLA
3:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina State at Boston College
4:00 PM EDT
    St Johns at Cincinnati
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Clemson
4:00 PM EDT
    Rice at Harvard
4:00 PM EDT
    Youngstown St at Loyola-Chicago
4:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma at West Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    St. Bonaventure at Colorado State
4:30 PM EDT
    Utah at Arizona
5:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Santa Barbara
7:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin Milwaukee at Wright State
7:00 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Drake
8:00 PM EDT
    Northern Iowa at Illinois State
8:00 PM EDT
    DePaul at Providence
8:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Evansville
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Colo at Idaho State
9:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Idaho at Utah State
9:00 PM EDT
    North Dakota at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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