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St. John's 76, Columbia 70

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lamont Hamilton scored a career-high 36 points and St. John's extended its winning streak to six games with a 76-70 victory over Columbia on Saturday night.

The 6-foot-10 senior was 11-for-13 from the field and 14-for-16 from the free throw line for the Red Storm (8-3), whose winning streak is their longest since a six-game run in 1999-00.

Anthony Mason Jr. had 11 points for St. John's, while Eugene Lawrence had seven points and 10 assists.

John Baumann had 13 points for the Lions (7-4), who had won their previous three games, while Pat Foley and Justin Armstrong both added 12.

The win was the 11th in a row over Columbia for the Red Storm, who lead the series 16-7. The Lions' last win came in 1978.

Columbia pulled with 56-51 on two free throws by Armstrong with 4:30 to play. St. John's answered with a 7-0 run in which Hamilton had a jumper and two free throws. The Red Storm took their biggest lead at 66-53 on two free throws by Lawrence with 2:37 left.

Columbia got within 74-70 on a jumper by Foley with 32 seconds to play.

St. John's senior guard Daryll Hill missed the game with a contusion in his left quadriceps. He was injured taking a charge in Thursday night's win over New Jersey Tech. Hill, fourth on the team in scoring at 7.3 points per game, has been mainly used as a sixth man this season.