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St. John’s Returns to Carnesecca Arena to Face Brown

After taking down previously undefeated West Virginia in his Madison Square Garden head coaching debut on Saturday, Mike Anderson and the Red storm will welcome Brown to Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. tip.

The game will air live nationally on FS1 with Brian Custer and Sarah Kustok on the call. Fans can also hear the game on the St. John’s Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, as John Minko and Tarik Turner will call the action courtside at Carnesecca Arena. The audio broadcast will be available on 970 AM WNYM, TuneIn and Sirius XM.

Tickets to the contest are available by visiting RedStormTix.com or by calling the St. John’s Ticket Office at 1-888-GO-STORM.

St. John’s (8-2) will kick off the final stretch of a five-game homestand when it plays host to Brown (5-4) on Tuesday, as the Johnnies will look to carry over the momentum from its best win of the season to date. Leading West Virginia by nine with four minutes to play, St. John’s saw the Mountaineers erase the deficit and knot the game at 68 with just over a minute to go. The Red Storm then managed to secure a key defensive stop, as Rasheem Dunn came away with a steal before sinking two free throws to give the Johnnies the 70-68 advantage with which they would end the contest.

Dunn, who scored nine of his 13 points in the second half, was one of three Johnnies to reach double figures. LJ Figueroa scored all of his game-high 17 points in the opening stanza while Nick Rutherford finished with 11 points and a career-high five steals.

St. John’s came away victorious thanks in large part to its defense, as the Red Storm forced 22 Mountaineer turnovers and converted those chances into 22 points. 15 of those 22 turnovers were the result of St. John’s steals, a season-high for the Red Storm in that category and the team’s highest total since an overtime win at Georgetown on Jan. 5, 2019. Through games played on Sunday, the Red Storm ranks 17th nationally with 9.8 steals per game. In his 17 seasons as a head coach before taking over at St. John’s in April, Anderson saw his teams lead the nation in steals four times and finish in the top 30 on 14 occasions.

The Johnnies collected 17 offensive rebounds against the Mountaineers, bumping their season-long average in that category to 15.5 per outing. Only two teams in Division I, North Carolina and Portland State, have a higher per-game average than St. John’s. Leading the way in that category for St. John’s is Josh Roberts, whose 4.1 offensive boards per game rank 12th in the nation.

St. John’s has enjoyed success in Queens this season, going 6-1 and averaging 83.6 points in games played at Carnesecca Arena. The Johnnies are outscoring opponents by an average margin of +17.6 in those contests, led by 17.7 points per game from Mustapha Heron. The senior guard from Waterbury, Conn., is shooting 45.9 percent from the floor, including a 55.9 percent effort from three-point range, at Carnesecca Arena in 2019-20. All six of the Johnnies’ wins in Queens have been by 10 or more points with a pair of 30-point victories.

Brown comes to Queens with a record of 5-4 after falling at Stony Brook on Saturday. Tamenang Choh scored a team-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds in the loss. Tamenang Choh, a junior from Lowell, Mass., is the team’s second-leading scorer behind Brandon Anderson, who paces the Bears and ranks second in the Ivy League with 20.5 points per game. The senior from Mahwah, N.J., attended Don Bosco Prep, the alma mater of St. John’s sophomore Marcellus Earlington.

St. John’s and Brown are set to do battle on the boards Tuesday, as both teams enter the contest averaging more than 40 rebounds per contest. Like St. John’s, Brown also ranks in the top 10 nationally in offensive rebounding with 14.9 caroms per outing.

After taking on Brown, St. John’s will have more than a week off to focus on final exams before returning to action on Dec. 18 against Albany in the team’s non-conference home finale.

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