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Friday / January 21.
  • Shamorie Ponds’ MRI reveals no structural damage, listed as day-to-day

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    An MRI on Shamorie Ponds‘ right knee Friday revealed no structural damage, his dad told ZAGSBLOG.

    Ponds, a sophomore guard and St. John’s leading scorer, suffered the injury during Thursday’s 94-72 loss to Providence at Carnesecca Arena.

    Ponds is listed as day-to-day entering Sunday’s Big East showdown with Seton Hall at Prudential Center.

    Ponds left the game with about 19 minutes remaining after notching 16 points, six assists, and three steals in 31 minutes of action.

    Ponds Tweeted, “God Got a Plan.”

    St. John’s is already playing without guard Marcus LoVett, who is day-to-day with a knee sprain.

    “There’s no doubt that he’s one of the best players on our team because he’s one of the best players in this league,” Marvin Clark II said of Ponds. “As a collective unit, everybody can bring something to the game.”

    Kyron Cartwright led the way for Providence, recording 21 points and 15 assists, the most by a Big East player since Xavier’s Dee Davis tallied 15 against the Friars on Feb. 7, 2015. Rodney Bullock also added 20 points for the Friars, while Jalen Lindsey chipped in 18.

    “This game was about Cartwright because he controlled the game from start to finish, and I was a fan more than a coach tonight,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said. “It was a good team win. St. John’s was a little banged up, hopefully Shamorie [Ponds] is okay, and so I thought that played into the way they wanted to play. However, when we are making shots like that, it’s fun for the Friars.”

    St. John’s (10-3) visits Seton Hall on New Year’s Eve before visiting Creighton Jan. 3.

    “If we had won, we would have been looking at the film tomorrow and moving onto Seton Hall anyway, so that’s what we’ll do,” Mullin said. “Obviously, when you win you sleep better, food tastes a little better, but being accountable for these things is important for the development of your team. We are not going to win every game, and how you handle it is as important when you lose as when you win. When you win, it kind of takes care of itself, but when you lose, it’s important how you handle the accountability of it and what you do the next time out.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.