Forward George Johnson put on a impressive one-man show tonight as the St. John's Redmen ran away from Howard University, 92-69.
Johnson, a 6-foot-6 1/2, 200-pound junior, had 22 points, 16 rebounds, six steals and four blocked shots.The powerful forward almost singlehandedly shut down the Bison's normally strong inside offense and keyed the potent Redmen fast break with his defensive rebounding.
Howard shocked the Alumni Hall crowd by jumping out to a 10-2 lead after 4:23 as David Whitehead and Gerald Glover each hit a pair of field goals. The Bison moved to a 22-17 advantage with 10:30 to go before eight straight home-team points, all on fastbreak jumpers, gave St. John's the lead for good, 25-22, with 8:16 left until intermission.
Howard, which trailed at the half, 39-34, got to within two points with 16:33 remaining, 44-42. St. Johns then reignited its fast break and culminated a 22-6 spurt on a stuff shot by Glen Williams at the 9:55 mark for a 66-48 lead.
Howard, now 17-9, got 6 points apiece from Glover and Whitehead. Glover, a 6-7 forward, was limited to only 28 minutes playing time due to first-half foul difficulty. Glover had a team-high seven rebounds as the Bison were beaten on the boards, 47-30.
St. John's, which boosted its record to 18-8, got a 23-point, nine-assist performance from 6-4 guard Williams. The contest was the last tuneup for Howard before entering the MEAC tournament at Greensboro Colisuem, where it will face North Carolina A&T Thursday night.