Queens,N.Y.- St. John's (3-0) opened the second half on a 10-1 run to break open a close game and went on to defeat UMBC (0-2), 82-59 at Carnesecca Arena.
UMBC started quickly, hitting four of its first five shots and grabbing a 10-3 lead at the 16:28 mark of the half. The hosts went on a 9-0 run to take the lead, and built a 35-28 lead with 1:38 to play in the half. But back-to-back 3-point field goals by sophomore Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and Neller trimmed the deficit to 35-34 with 50 seconds remaining. The Red Storm went to intermission with a 39-34 advantage.
But the Red Storm burst from the gate in the second half and UMBC hit only 8-of-35 field goal attempts in the second stanza, falling to 32.8 percent (22-of-67) for the game.
All five St. John's starters scored in double figures, led by Moe Harkless with 18 points.
UMBC outrebounded the Red Storm, 42-41, but committed 20 turnovers and allowed 22 fast break points.
UMBC returns to the RAC Arena on Thursday to host Loyola at 7:00 p.m.