INDIANAPOLIS — St. John’s Red Storm couldn’t follow up their upset of No. 10 Creighton with another surprise win.
Sean McDermott had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead five Butler players in double figures as the Bulldogs defeated St. John’s 77-55 on Wednesday night.
Besides McDermott’s third double-double of the season, Jordan Tucker added 14 points for the Bulldogs. Aaron Thompson chipped in 13, Kamar Baldwin scored 12 and Bryce Nze had 11.
Julian Champagnie scored a season-high 23 points for the Red Storm (15-15, 4-13 Big East), who led 32-31 at halftime. St, John’s, however, scored a season-low 23 points in the second half when Butler (21-9, 9-8) scored a season-high 46 on 57 percent shooting.
Greg Williams Jr. added 11 points for the Red Storm and Marcellus Earlington had seven rebounds. St. John’s was coming off a 20-point win over No. 10 Creighton after making 14 of 22 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Red Storm were 6 of 16 on 3-pointers, however, against Butler and shot just 37 percent overall. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent for the game.
An 18-2 run with seven points from McDermott left Butler ahead by 16 with nine minutes to go.
The Bulldogs, who are sitting just outside the AP Top 25, improved to 2-0 against the Red Storm on the season. On Dec. 31, Butler, then ranked No. 11, defeated St. John’s 60-58.
St. John’s finishes the regular season against Marquette at home on Saturday, while Butler plays at Xavier.