Posted by Bill San Antonio
Marquette’s Jimmy Butler and St. John’s Malik Boothe chased down a loose ball near the right corner with less than 10 seconds remaining in the overtime period of Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game, after Boothe stripped him in driving to the basket.
Butler beat Boothe to the ball and hit a 17-foot jump shot as Anthony Mason Jr. rushed over to defend and Marquette defeated St. John’s 63-61, spoiling the forward’s Senior Night in Queens.
“I should have corralled him,” Mason said. “I was just a step slow.”
Mason – a fifth-year senior playing in his final regular season game on the Queens campus – said he thought Boothe came up with the steal, a play that would have likely sent the game to a second overtime.
“You don’t really do a lot of thinking when [you’re] playing basketball,” he said. “It’s all reaction.”
Said Head coach Norm Roberts: “We didn’t have the ball in our hands. The ball was still loose. Anything can happen.”
Moments earlier, Boothe made a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 54 and helped send the game to overtime.
“I just had to make a play,” said D.J. Kennedy, who weaved through two defenders and threw Boothe the pass that assisted the shot. “I was able to split the double team and find Boothe open for three.”
St. John’s (15-12, 5-10 Big East) went into halftime leading 29-25 after leading for the majority of the game. The Red Storm held Marquette (18-9, 9-6 Big East), the No. 4 3-point shooting team in the country, to 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from beyond the arc for the game. Butler finished with 18 points, and Lazar Hayward led the Golden Eagles with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting.
“That was one of the hardest games to live with,” said Kennedy, who led the team with 20 points. “I’d rather lose by 20 than lose like that. It was like a Hail Mary shot.”
Mason, who, along with Jon Taubeneck, was honored during a pregame ceremony with his father, former Knick Anthony Mason, his mother, Monica Bryant, and his younger brother Marvell Bryant. Mason scored the game’s opening points and finished with eight points and six rebounds.