The opening round of the 2012 Big East Tournament kicked off on Tuesday. Two of the 16 teams competing for the conference championship and an automatic bid in the 2012 NCAA Tournament were the St. John's Red Storm, who entered the tournament as the No. 12 seed, and the Pittsburgh Panthers, who came in as the No. 13 seed.
The two teams met in the opening round of competition on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers jumped out to an early lead and carried a 33-28 advantage into halftime. In the second half, they only extended the lead before eliminating St. John's by a final score of 73-59.
Moe Harkless of the Red Storm led all scorers with 25 points, while D'Angelo Harrison had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for St John's in a losing effort. On the PIttsburgh side, Ashton Gibbs put up 20 points and Nasir Robinson added another 15.
Pittsburgh will take on the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas in the second round on Wednesday.
For complete coverage of the 2012 Big East Tournament, stay tuned to this StoryStream or visit SB Nation's dedicated NCAA basketball hub. For updates and perspective on the Pittsburgh Panthers, please visit Cardiac Hill. For updates and perspective on the St. John's Red Storm, head on over to Rumble in the Garden.