The Northwestern Wildcats ran out to a quick halftime lead at 40-37 and looked like they would extend their record to 9-0 for the first time since the 1993-94 season.
St. John’s Redmen, though, playing on one of their home floors in front of many of their own fans, took over the game in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 48-29 and winning going away by 16 points. They shot nearly unconscious percentages — 60.8% from the floor, 7-for-14 from three-point land and made 16 of 21 free throws (the Wildcats couldn’t break 50% in any of those categories).
The Wildcats head home to face Mt. St. Mary’s on Thursday at 3 p.m. in Evanston.