Senior guard Joe Miles made one free throw and missed a second intentionally with two seconds left, securing a milestone victory for St. John's Friday night at No. 5 Gonzaga, 52-50.
Miles finished with 20 points as the Cadets (6-3, 1-1 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) handed Northwest D.C. rival Gonzaga its first home loss since 1999. The game also was Cadets Coach Paul DeStefano's 400th career victory and 100th at St. John's.
"It was just a great win," said DeStefano, who has coached for 26 years, the last seven at St. John's. "It's a little bit special because it's always a big game, but we know that there will be at least one more war, with the possibility of more."
Gonzaga (6-2, 1-1) led 12-3 early but St. John's seemed to take control in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 21-8 for a 29-20 halftime lead. But Gonzaga came back and pulled to 49-48 in the final minutes. Dwayne Anderson pushed the St. John's lead to 51-48 with a runner with about a minute left, but Luke Owings made it a one-point game again with a bucket with 30 seconds left.
St. John's turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, but Gonzaga's Lorenzo Miles was stripped as he drove the lane with 12 seconds left. Joe Miles ended up with the ball and was fouled setting up his final-second free throws.
St. John's, whose losses have come to No. 8 Spingarn, No. 15 Notre Dame and McNamara, forced 20 turnovers in the game.
"Miles, he's a very good shooter," Gonzaga Coach Dick Myers said of the St. John's senior. "He hit some crucial baskets for them and he seemed to be the one the looked to -- he had a lot of presence out there for them."
Patuxent junior forward Amanda Robinson had 23 points and 20 rebounds -- 13 offensive -- as the Panthers stayed unbeaten with a 73-65 victory over host Thomas Stone in Waldorf. Senior center Charese Baldwin had 22 points and sophomore forward Shamika Queen scored 12 fourth-quarter points, including two three-pointers for Patuxent (4-0, 3-0 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference).
Thomas Stone fell to 3-3, 2-2.
Broad Run Wins
Senior Chris Lorusso slapped in a feed from sophomore Jeremiah Cunningham with 1.9 seconds left, giving Broad Run's ice hockey team a 6-6 tie with Potomac Falls.
Cunningham, who was playing his first game of the season after serving a two-game suspension for fighting from last season, scored three goals and had two assists for Broad Run (2-0-1) at the Ashburn Ice House. The Spartans are 66-2-3 all-time on the ice, and have never lost to Loudoun County neighbor Potomac Falls (2-0-1).
-- Jake Schaller