St. John’s shuts down No. 3 Villanova in 70-59 upset

NEW YORK (AP) — Posh Alexander scored 16 points and St. John’s smothered No. 3 Villanova, upsetting the ice-cold Wildcats 70-59 to halt their nine-game winning streak. Julian Champagnie had 14 points — all in the second half — and a career-high 13 rebounds for the suddenly surging Red Storm, who have won five straight games and six of seven. Flashing quick and active hands all over the court, St. John’s turned up its pressure defense and forced the experienced Wildcats into 17 turnovers and 32% shooting in an ugly performance. Villanova fell behind 58-41 with about 6:45 left and was held 12 points below its previous season low for its first loss since Nov. 28 to Virginia Tech in overtime.