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St. John’s Falters Late, Wastes Upset Opportunity Over No. 5 UConn

Coming off of a statement blowout win over Xavier on Dec. 20 at home in their Big East opener, the St. John’s Red Storm had a golden opportunity to show the rest of college basketball they had arrived.

The stage was set perfectly for head coach Rick Pitino and company. Despite early-season defensive struggles, the Red Storm had seemingly found their defensive identity. UConn’s star center, Donovan Clingan, was ruled out prior to the contest, leaving Huskies out of sorts all night. Unfortunately, St. John’s was unable to steal a game from the reigning national champs, falling 69-65.