Julian Champagnie had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Nick Rutherford scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and St. John’s surprised Marquette 88-86 on Saturday at the Garden in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Greg Williams Jr. added 17 points and five steals and LJ Figueroa scored 15 points for St. John’s (16-15, 5-13 Big East).
“We’ve been in many games [this season] like the one this afternoon and it came down to making plays,” St. John’s coach Mike Anderson said.
The Johnnies led 87-80 after a Champagnie layup with 1:17 left before Marquette staged a rally.
Sacar Anim hit a 3-pointer for the Golden Eagles and then, after Figueroa made one of two free throws on the other end, converted a three-point play with 44 seconds left to make it 88-86. Rutherford missed a 3-point shot with 15 seconds to go, but Champagnie and Williams each made a steal in the closing seconds and St. John’s held on.
“I just saw an opportunity and took it,” Williams said of the second turnover. “I came up with the ball and did what I needed to do to get the W.”
Marquette (18-12, 8-10), which has lost three consecutive games and six of its last seven, scored 58 second-half points, a season high for the team.
Markus Howard had 30 points for the Golden Eagles and Anim added 22 points and eight rebounds.
Williams and Figueroa hit back-to-back 3s to make it 12-0 about four minutes into the game and St. John’s led by as many as 21 points in the first half.
St. John’s will next take the court in the first round of the Big East Tournament at the Garden. The Red Storm, the ninth seed, will face eighth-seeded Georgetown at 7 p.m. Tuesday.