Ponds leads St. John’s past DePaul 77-76 for 4th straight

CHICAGO (AP) Shamorie Ponds continued his remarkable run with 26 points and a career-high 10 assists and St. John’s continued its turnaround with a 77-76 win over DePaul on Wednesday night.

Marvin Clark II added a career-high 24 points for St.John’s (14-13, 3-11 Big East), which has won four straight – beating Villanova and Duke – since ending an 11-game losing streak.

Ponds, who averaged 34.3 points while shooting 54.5 percent in the previous wins, was 10 of 18. He had a 3-pointer and a 3-point play before feeding Tariq Owens to complete a 10-2 run for a 75-71 lead 47 seconds left.

Marin Maric had a tip-in with 19.7 seconds remaining for the Blue Demons but Clark and Owens both made 1 of 2 free throws to offset a 3 at the buzzer.

Eli Cain had 19 points and 11 assists for DePaul (10-15, 3-10), which won 91-74 at St. John’s.