St. John’s falls to Butler after Joel Soriano’s would-be tying shot comes after buzzer

An already disappointing season took another turn for St. John’s on Tuesday night in a crushing 68-66 loss to Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis — when the Red Storm thought they had tied the score at the buzzer. have done.

With one-eighth of a second remaining and St. John’s down by two, Posh Alexander, who was inbounding the ball from behind the Red Storm’s basket, threw a lob pass to Joel Soriano, who seemingly tied the score. was arranged for

But upon review, it was determined that Soriano’s shot came after the buzzer, prompting an angry St. John’s coach Mike Anderson to argue with the officials, to no avail.

Mike Anderson, disappointed during the loss to Xavier, wasn't too happy during St. John's 68-66 loss to Butler on Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Mike Anderson, frustrated during the loss to Xavier, wasn’t too happy Tuesday night after St. John’s 68-66 loss to Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Red Storm (14-11, 4-10 Big East) had chances to end the game before the controversial call. They took a 66-61 lead with 3:02 left, but failed to score the rest of the way as Butler scored the final seven points of the game.

Alexander had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Red Storm, who have lost three straight and five of their last six games. Rafael Pinzon scored 14 and Soriano scored 11 for St. John’s, along with 12 rebounds and two steals.

Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs (12-13, 4-10 Big East) with 19 points, despite going just 1 for 5 from 3-point range, while Manny Betts had 15. Achieved success. Taylor had 13 points in the second half. .

St. John’s, which has just seven regular season games remaining, will host No. 20 Providence on Saturday at 12 p.m. on Fox. Butler’s next game is at home against Big East leader Xavier.

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