NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski referred to it as "the spirits of the Garden." St. John's coach Mike Jarvis simply called it a much-deserved victory.
Marcus Hatten's late steal led to his game-winning free throw with no time left as St. John's scored the final 12 points for a stunning 72-71 upset over fifth-ranked Duke in front of a frenzied sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden.
St. John's (13-12) got a free throw from Kyle Cuffe to tie the game at 71-71 with 90 seconds left and the score remained the same as Duke held for the final shot. Daniel Ewing took a handoff from Chris Duhon and started to drive before Hatten knocked the ball away with three seconds left.
"I stuck my hand out and came up with a pot of gold," Hatten said.
Hatten raced upcourt and missed a layup at the buzzer as he was fouled by Ewing. After a brief delay to confirm the foul, Hatten stepped to the line, drilled his free throw and pointed to the Red Storm's bench, which quickly mobbed him as fans came pouring onto the court.
"I was just glad," Hatten said. "We stuck together when they were making their runs. We never gave up."
Krzyzewski did not see the final foul and felt that Hatten fouled Ewing on the steal.
"I don't know what it was," Krzyzewski said. "There was so much chaos. I thought with what happened (with Hatten's steal) at halfcourt, we might have been able to go to the free-throw line. The spirits of the Garden took over."
Hatten scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half for St. John's, which ended a four-game slide. Cuffe added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Red Storm, who suffered a 97-55 loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium last season.
Jarvis credited a pregame motivation speech from New York Jets coach Herman Edwards, who has become friends with the embattled Red Storm coach.
"He said everything I had been saying," Jarvis said. "I was getting ready to go into my pocket and pull out some cash, he was that good."
Duke (20-5) saw its four-game winning streak end. After taking a 71-60 lead on Dahntay Jones' foul shot with 4:05 left, the Blue Devils did not score again, turning the ball over four times in the final four minutes.
Anthony Glover and Hatten had baskets to narrow the margin to seven points and Hatten drilled a 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining to pull St. John's within 71-67. Glover drilled a 3-pointer and Cuffe drew Jones' fifth foul on a rebound, making 1-of-2 free throws to tie the score.
"I don't think I touched him," Jones said. "We were both going for the ball."
With Jones and his 23 points on the bench, Duhon airballed a runner before Hatten missed a short banker with 27 seconds to go. Krzyzewski elected not to call timeout, only to see the Blue Devils commit their fatal final turnover.
"We should have been better all around," Krzyzewski said.
Glover finished with 12 points and Grady Reynolds pulled down 10 rebounds as St. John's held a 41-34 edge on the glass. The Red Storm overcame 39 percent (24-of-62) shooting.
Duhon scored 15 points and had six assists but also committed six of the Blue Devils' 16 turnovers. Duke got a poor effort from freshman J.J. Redick, who was 2-of-7 from the floor for seven points.
"I've got to take care of the ball as a point guard," Duhon said. "I'm not supposed to turn the ball over."
Hatten was whistled for his third foul with less than six minutes left in the first half, but St. John's survived with its leading scorer on the bench until intermission. Freshman Elijah Ingram picked up the slack with eight points as the Red Storm won for the second time in eight games.
"They played hard the entire game," Jarvis said. "When you do that, you get blessed with bounces and maybe a call here and there."
Duke shot 53 percent (24-of-45) but hurt itself by missing 13 free throws.
Jones, a New Jersey native, had plenty of friends and family on hand behind the team's bench. But they could only watch as the game slipped away in the Blue Devils' lone non-conference road game of the season.