Mustapha Heron’s injury overshadows St. John’s win over Brown

St. John’s has eight days off after securing its fifth straight win, but the lengthy break may not be enough to get Mustapha Heron back on the court.

In the final minutes of the Red Storm’s 82-71 win over Brown on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena, Heron suffered a seemingly serious right ankle injury and had to be carried off the court by teammate Ian Steere.

Heron had blocked a layup attempt by Brandon Anderson with two minutes remaining, but landed on the Bears guard, leaving the Red Storm’s second-leading scorer screaming in pain underneath the basket. The senior was lifted to his feet, but was unable to put any weight on his right foot. His status is unclear.

Heron rebounded from a 2-for-12 shooting effort Saturday against West Virginia with 21 points, marking his highest output since the second game of the season.

The Red Storm (9-2) won’t return to action until a Dec. 18 meeting with Albany at Carnesecca Arena.

Prior to the injury, St. John’s faced its latest mid-major scare when the Bears (5-5) whittled an 18-point deficit to four with less than eight minutes remaining. After Brown’s Joshua Howard missed a wide-open dunk that would have pulled the Bears to within two, LJ Figueroa (23 points) finished a fast break on the other end, sparking a 6-0 run which provided the Red Storm enough separation.

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