Nebraska was dominated in every aspect by St. John’s Thursday night, getting blown out by the Red Storm 79-56 at Carnesecca Arena in New York City.
Nebraska led 5-2 early in the game, and that was the extent of the Huskers’ highlights. By the end of the game, St. John’s (3-0) was dipping into its bag of breakaway dunks to put on its highlight reel for the rest of the season.
The Red Storm led by 13 at halftime, and the score didn’t feel that close. Shamorie Ponds led four Red Storm players in double figures with 22 points, and added seven rebounds and five assists.
Miami transfer James Palmer was the only Husker to reach double figures, finishing with 13 points.
The Huskers shot 28 percent from the field, going 8 for 27 in the first half and 8 for 30 in the second half.
St. John’s was the tougher, smarter team throughout, outscoring Nebraska 44-16 on points in the paint, blocking 10 shots to Nebraska’s five, and out-rebounding the Huskers 50-39.
The Huskers will host North Dakota at 1 Sunday afternoon at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.