St. John's basketball closed the first half on a 26-1 run and defeated Macalester 72-41 Wednesday night.  St. John's head coach won his 779th career game and is now tied with Lou Hensen for 16th all time in college coaching wins.  Smith is 1 win away from former Arizona and Iowa head coach Lute Olson for 15th all time.

St. John's was led by Patrick Strom with 15 points, Tyler Weiss added 13 points and Alex Schmitt chipped in 11.  St. John's is 9-6 overall and 7-3 in the MIAC.  The Johnnies will play at St. Thomas at 3pm Saturday.