Ponds led all scorers with 26 points, shooting 10-of-18 from the floor and dishing out a career-best 10 assists for his first double-double of the season. The sophomore from Brooklyn keyed the game’s decisive run with less than two minutes to go, recording six points and an assist on a 10-2 tear for the Johnnies.
Ponds also registered five rebounds and a pair of steals in 40 minutes of action, his fifth-straight game playing all 40 minutes.
“I feel like I was always capable of this, but I was never performing up to par,” said Ponds when asked by a reporter if he felt like he was in a zone. “I was always confident in my game, so it’s nothing new to me.”
“Each and every game I just try and go out there and do whatever Coach Mullin needs me to do to get the W,” he added. “I just spend overtime in the gym working on my game and it’s paying off.”
Clark scored 19 of his career-high 24 points in the latter stanza, sinking six of his eight tries from the field, including four of his five attempts from three-point range in the final 20 minutes.
Coming into the night, Clark’s 19 second-half points would have been just one off his career-high for an entire game. The Kansas City native also added five boards and a pair of steals.
Last Wednesday marked the first time that St. John’s had two players with 20 or more in the same game since a road victory at Providence on Jan. 25 of last season, when Marcus LoVett scored 26 while Ponds added 22.
For the third-straight game, Justin Simon finished with 16 points for the Red Storm. Despite early foul trouble that limited him to just 29 minutes, Simon also managed to add three rebounds and three assists.
The Red Storm has now won four straight in February for the first time since the 2013-14 season, when the Johnnies rattled off six-straight wins to start the month.
As a team, St. John’s shot 12-of-24 from three-point range, matching a season-high for triples made set in the squad’s season opener against New Orleans. Clark, Ponds and Simon combined to make 11 of their 19 tries from deep on the night.
The Red Storm were scheduled to return to action on Februuary 21 in Milwaukee, taking on Marquette at 8:30 p.m. on FSN.