After leading the Red Storm to a thrilling second-half comeback against Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon in Miami, Shamorie Ponds has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Ponds, who won BIG EAST Player of the Week accolades last Monday, earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll for the second time this season. Marquette’s Markus Howard, who netted 45 points in a win over No. 12 Kansas State on Saturday, was named the league’s player of the week.
Ponds, the third leading scorer in the BIG EAST, was named to the five-person honor roll after turning in his best performance of the season against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday at the HoopHall Miami Invitational. With the Red Storm trailing by 16 and just over 16 minutes to play, Ponds scored 21 of his season-high 37 points before the end of regulation, helping the Johnnies erase the deficit and remain unbeaten on the campaign. The 2018 Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year shot 10-of-18 from the floor, 4-of-7 from three-point range and 13-of-15 from the charity stripe. He also recorded five rebounds and three steals.
The Red Storm also picked up a victory over Maryland Eastern Shore last week in which Ponds played the role of facilitator. Matching a career-low with just five field goal attempts, Ponds instead dished out six assists and grabbed six rebounds in 29 minutes of action.
The 6-foot-1 point guard from Brooklyn, who ranks 22nd nationally in scoring average, has now posted at least 33 points in three of his last four outings. Two weeks ago, he scored 33 and 35 on back-to-back days against Cal and VCU, leading the Red Storm to its first in-season tournament title since 2010 at the Legends Classic.
Ponds has helped guide the Red Storm to its best start in more than two decades, as the Johnnies (7-0) are one of just 11 unbeaten teams remaining in Division I. The first St. John’s team to go 7-0 since 1994-95, the Johnnies will look to become the first St. John’s squad to start a year 8-0 or better since the 1990-91. Led by junior sensation Malik Sealy, that team rattled off nine-consecutive victories to start the season before registering an appearance in the Elite Eight.
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