NEW YORK (AP) - Yancy Gates' three-point play with 8 seconds remaining gave No. 25 Cincinnati a 53-51 victory over St. John's on Saturday.
The Bearcats (17-3, 4-3), the leading defensive team in the Big East at 56.7 points per game, came up with their biggest defensive possession of the game when they forced Dwight Hardy into a tough running shot with 3 seconds left and then St. John's missed two tips before the buzzer sounded.
Gates finished with 13 points and eight rebounds but he was limited to 21 minutes because of foul trouble.
The Red Storm (11-7, 4-4) took a 51-50 lead with 1:57 to play when D.J. Kennedy made one of two free throws. That was St. John's problem throughout the game as it went 12 of 26 from the line (46.2 percent).