The stage was set for the St. John’s University Men’s Basketball team (13-8, 2-6 BIG EAST) they had a packed house at Madison Square Garden and they had No. 8/10 Villanova (17-1, 7-3 BIG EAST) on the other side of the court.
Things started out well for the Red Storm, as it had seemed as if the team had put on some great defensive pressure that the team eventually cashed in on for some great offensive points. Sadly that momentum was unable to continue and the Red Storm fell by a score of 79-59.
Leading the way on the offensive side of the ball for St. John’s was Rasheem Dunn, who scored a season-high 24 points in the game, while also collecting four assists and five points. Also being a bright spot for the Red Storm offense was LJ Figueroa, who had 12 points and five rebounds on the night.
Once Villanova starting to click on the offense, they were really hard to stop. As the Wildcats had an impressive showing with five players reaching the double figure scoring. Saddiq Bey led all offensive performers with 23 points, while also capturing five rebounds. Collin Gillespie had a double-double with his 17 points and 13 boards.
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cole Swider, and Justin Moore rounded out the scoring for Villanova, who shot 47.5 percent from the floor and connected on 12 3-pointers. Villanova also committed just 13 turnovers and won the rebounding battle, 40-31.
One of the biggest trends of the game was the rebounding for the Red Storm, as there was a 40-31 advantage in favor of the Wildcats. Some of those possessions were huge for St. John’s and could have made a difference in the game tonight.
In the end nothing was really working for St. John’s and the team will need short term memory as they have to prepare to take on a very tough Georgetown team at Madison Square Garden on February 2nd. Tip off from the game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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Featuring Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright along with Student-Athletes Saddiq Bey and Collin Gillespie
St. John’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Anderson along with Student-Athlete Rasheem Dunn
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