The St. John’s men’s basketball game will look to snap a two-game slide when it begins a Midwest swing at Marquette on Tuesday night.
The contest is set to tip at 9 p.m. ET on FS1 with Kevin Kugler and Tim Miles on the call from Fiserv Forum. The game can also be heard on 970 AM WNYM, as John Minko and Brian Mahoney will bring you action from Milwaukee on the Red Storm Sports Network from Learfield IMG College. That audio broadcast can also be found on SiriusXM and TuneIn.
The Red Storm (12-7, 1-5 BIG EAST) will look to return to its winning ways against a Marquette squad that defeated Georgetown on Saturday to improve to 13-5 overall with a 3-3 record in conference action. The Johnnies are coming off a defeat at home against local rival Seton Hall, who remained unbeaten in BIG EAST play after erasing a 13-point St. John’s lead at the half.
Despite the final result, the Red Storm had plenty to be happy about following Saturday’s contest, as the team recorded its highest point total (79) in BIG EAST play and put forth its best effort from the floor (44.0%) of the league slate. Mustapha Heron led the way with 18 points while LJ Figueroa and Josh Roberts added 16 points apiece. Heron and Figueroa combined to make four of their eight chances from beyond the arc before Seton Hall pulled away for its eighth straight win.
Defensively, the Red Storm wreaked havoc on No. 18/18 Seton Hall in the opening 20 minutes, forcing the Pirates in 15 first-half turnovers, 11 of which were the result of St. John’s steals. The Johnnies finished the contest with 13 steals, raising their season-long average in that category to 10.7 per outing, a total that ranks third nationally through games played on Sunday. Seven of those steals came from Figueroa, a new career-high for the junior. The BIG EAST leader in steals this season at 2.3 per game, the Lawrence, Mass., native became just the 10th player in program history and the third since 2003 to record seven or more steals in a single game.
The Golden Eagles are anchored by senior guard Markus Howard, who leads the nation in scoring average at 28.2 points per game. The reigning BIG EAST Player of Year is coming off a 42-point effort on Saturday at Georgetown in which he scored exactly half of the team’s 84 points. It marked his third 40-point game of the season and his eighth with 30 or more.
Howard, who shoots 42.6 percent from the floor and 43.1 percent from beyond the arc, leads a Marquette offense that ranks seventh in three-point field goal percentage (39.7%) and 18th in three-point field goals per game (9.9). The Golden Eagles are also limiting opponents to 30.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc, good enough for fourth in the BIG EAST.
In addition to Howard, Sacar Anim is also averaging double figures with 12.1 points per game. The redshirt senior is also dangerous from deep, converting on 41.7 percent of his chances from three-point range.
The Red Storm will seek its third straight regular season victory over Marquette and its fourth win in the last sixth meetings between the teams overall. Last year, the Red Storm bolstered its NCAA Tournament resume with a pair of ranked victories against the Golden Eagles, defeating No. 16/18 Marquette by 20 on New Year’s Day in Queens before squeaking out a one-point win in February against a top-10 Golden Eagles squad. That second loss was the first-ever defeat for Marquette at Fiserv Forum and marked the Red Storm’s last true road win. The Johnnies did well to limit Howard in those two victories, holding the eventual BIG EAST Player of the Year to 25 points in total; Howard averaged 25.0 points per game in 2018-19.
After meeting Marquette on Tuesday, the Red Storm will return to action on Saturday afternoon against DePaul in Chicago. That game is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on FS1 and 570 AM WMCA.
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