Malik Sealy scored 23 points and 14th-ranked St. John's used a 16-0 second-half run to remain unbeaten with a 78-65 victory over Howard last night in New York.
The Redmen (8-0) couldn't shake the Bison for 29 minutes, but they held the visitors to three field goals in the last 11 minutes; all three were in the last two minutes.
St. John's led by 56-54 with 11:09 to play after Howard (1-6) went on a 9-3 run with all the points coming on three-point field goals.
The Redmen then went on the 16-0 rush that took 6:46 until Tyrone Powell's two free throws for Howard made it 72-56 with 4:23 to play.
Six St. John's players scored in the decisive run, with Sealy, who came into the game averaging 24.6 points, and Shawnelle Scott each getting four points.
Howard stayed close with solid man-to-man defense and a patient offense that got the Bison open for three-pointers or in good position down low. St. John's led at the half by 36-34.
Chucky Sproling and Billy Singleton each had 11 for St. John's. Both had been suspended from the Redmen's last game for failing to adhere to school academic regulations.
Powell led Howard with 17 points.
James Madison 72, Mount St. Mary's 71:
Kenny Brooks drove the length of the floor for a layup at the buzzer that gave James Madison (3-2) a victory in Emmitsburg, Md.
Mount St. Mary's (1-6) did not make a basket the last five minutes.
Montgomery-Takoma Park 101, Harford 80:
Kenny Diggs had 40 points and 16 rebounds to lead Takoma Park (3-5) in Aberdeen, Md. Tony Hackaday led Harford (0-8) with 29 points.
Anne Arundel 131, Montgomery- Rockville 108:
Anne Arundel (9-3) had five players in double figures and beat the Knights (4-5) in a fast-paced game in Rockville.
York 74, Catholic 65:
In York, Pa., Catholic (2-7, 0-1 CAC) lost its second straight. The Spartans (3-8, 2-0) were led by Ray Deegan's 15 points. Jay Franklin led the Cardinals with 14 points.
Washington Bible 87, Valley Forge Christian 84:
Tim Williams scored 26 points to lead Washington Bible (2-6) in Lanham. Washington Bible, which trailed by 46-42 at halftime, was also helped by Paul Baker and Joel Fletcher, who each scored 16 points.
Christopher Newport 90, Marymount 73:
Marymount (2-7) suffered its second straight loss to Newport, which widened a 34-32 halftime lead with an early second-half burst. Pierre Gardner led Marymount with 17 points.
ODU 88, Long Island 64:
In Norfolk, Keith Jackson scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half to get Old Dominion off to a good start.
Iowa 98, UMBC 81:
In Iowa City, Acie Earl scored a career-high 31 points and substitute Troy Skinner a career-high 21 to help fend off scrappy Maryland-Baltimore County. Iowa is 7-1 and UMBC 1-7.