TAMPA, Fla. -- D.J. Kennedy scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, helping St. John's to a 74-58 victory against South Florida on Saturday.
Paris Horne had 11 points and Malik Boothe added 10 for St. John's (15-11, 5-9 Big East), a winner for the third time in four games after losing five in a row. Justin Burrell contributed seven points and 10 rebounds for the Red Storm.
Dominique Jones and Mike Mercer each scored 17, and Chris Howard finished with 14 points and five assists for South Florida (16-10, 6-8). The Bulls entered the game with four consecutive home victories and five of seven overall.
St. John's scored 10 unanswered points to close a first half that included six lead changes with a 35-24 lead. The streak reached 16 points after the break, the eventual margin of victory, but South Florida immediately answered with a 15-3 run to cut the deficit to four.