NEW YORK ( — Chris Obekpa had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead No. 17 St. John’s to a 66-49 win over Long Beach State Monday night.

St. John’s improved to 10-1 on the season. The last time the Red Storm began a season 10-1 was the 1990-91. That team finished the season with a 23-9 record before losing to then-No. 2 Duke in the Midwest Regional Final.

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Sir’Dominic Pointer had 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks. Phil Greene IV chipped in 16 points. D’Angelo Harrison finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

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Long Beach State, who was within six points of St. John’s late in the first half, lost its fourth straight and fell to 5-8. Mike Caffey was the only 49er in double figure, scoring with 10 points.

The first ever meeting between the Big East and Big West programs was not one for either team’s highlight reel. St. John’s made 27-of-60 from the field, while Long Beach State made just 32.3 percent of its shots from the field.

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