It did not come easy but in the end the No. 20/23 St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (9-1) were able to comeback in the Second Half of play and earn a 52-47 victory over Saint Mary’s (6-3) in College Basketball action on Friday.
St. John’s were outrebounded (47-29) and looked like a flat team in the First Half of play, but the Red Storm chipped away and fought back in front of an energetic 4,645 that were in attendance at Carnesecca Arena.
The team overcome a 15-point halftime deficit, while currently holding a five-game winning streak.
Leading the way for the Red Storm was Senior Guard D’Angelo Harrison who scored 21 points in the game. Harrison was able to reach the 20-point mark for the fourth-straight game, averaging 23.3 points over that four-game stretch. D’Angelo now has 1,799 career points and trails Zendon Hamilton by 11 points for fifth on the St. John’s all-time scoring list.
The Red Storm is off to its best start since 2009-10 edition season. That team finished at 17-16 and a first-round loss in the NIT Tournament.
One of the big reasons for the team’s victory was the play of the defensive end of the court, especially that of Senior Guard/Forward Sir’Dominic Pointer who had the task of taking on Saint Mary’s Brad Waldow, a 6-10, 270-pound Center.
Pointer used the combination of speed and strength to keep Waldow from doing what he did well in the First Half of play,while the team made their comeback. Sir’Dominic also finished the night with his second double-double of the season with his 11 points and 11 boards.
One of the huge momentum shifts of the game game when Senior Center Joey De La Rosa (Bronx, N.Y) made his debut in the early part of the First Half. Though the Center did not finish with any points, one could tell his teammates were able to feed off the energy he brought to the game.
This stretch is the closest for now the team will come to NCAA Tournament time in terms of the good quality of opponents, while also a quick turnaround as the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team will host Long Beach State on Monday, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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Featuring Sir’Dominic Pointer and D’Angelo Harrison
Head Coach Steve Lavin
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