St. John's Upends Ranked Bearcats

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CINCINNATI – Coming into Saturday’s litmus test at Cincinnati, St. John’s talent wasn’t in question, but its toughness was. The Bearcats’ strengths – rebounding the ball, and finishing off games – were the Johnnies' weaknesses, to be put to the test.

And St. John’s passed with a gut-check that was more hard work than work of art.

St. John’s beat the Bearcats, 53-52, besting the nationally ranked team them at their own game. No, make that escaped, because no other word would suffice. The Red Storm saw a dozen-point second-half lead turn into a one-point deficit with a minute left, only to pull out the a clutch victory in front of 8,142 at Fifth Third Arena.

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