CINCINNATI – St. John's failed to make a field goal over the last 8:58, letting its 12-point lead evaporate, but Malik Boothe and Justin Brownlee hit late free throws Sunday that rallied the Red Storm to their second win in four days, 59-57 over Cincinnati.
St. John's (15-9, 7-5 Big East) led 52-40, then did not make another field goal. Cincinnati pulled ahead 56-53 on Ibrahima Thomas' driving lay-in with 2:07 to go.
Boothe's two free throws put the Red Storm ahead 58-57 with 42 seconds left, and Brownlee made the first of his two with 3.5 seconds to go. Sean Kilpatrick's jumper from just inside the midcourt line was off at the buzzer.
Cincinnati (19-6, 6-6) played most of the game without power forward Yancy Gates, who was suspended for a game last week. He played only one minute in the second half, stewing on the bench and finishing without scoring in 13 minutes. Kilpatrick had a team-high 15 points.