(CBS)–Newly named McDonald’s All-American, senior guard VJ King, and the 18th-ranked Panthers (12-6) traveled to No. 2 St. John’s (15-2) on Tuesday night for a WCAC showdown.
In front of a packed arena, the Cadets jumped out to an early lead through the help of the three ball. Just a couple minutes into the second quarter, St. John’s held the nine-point advantage, with 21 of 25 points coming from beyond the arc. The Panthers continued the ‘catchup’ game as the Cadets took advantage of possessions and drained shot after shot.
The Panthers took their first lead of the game in the third quarter, going up 40-38. But, the Cadets fought back, using perimeter play yet again to make it a 51-49 game.
Cat-and-mouse became the theme until St. John’s eventually defended their home court and beat Paul VI 62-57.