NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds was just fine in returning from an abdominal strain, and so is St. John's.
Ponds scored 26 points in returning from the injury that sidelined him the final two games of the regular season and the ninth-seeded Red Storm took over in the second half to beat ninth-seeded Georgetown 88-77 in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.
"Right before the game I was feeling good," said Ponds, who was 9 of 14 from the field. "It didn't give me no pain or anything. I wasn't paying no mind to it. I played through it."