Lexington, KY – Terrence Jones finished with 26 points and 59 victory over St. John's on Thursday.
They will host No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday.
God'sgift Achiuwa paced St. John's (4-4) with 18 points, while Moe Harkless added 16. Both players grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Red Storm were without head coach Steve Lavin, who continues to recover from prostate cancer surgery.