After leading the Red Storm to a 2-0 start at The Lapchick Tournament, St. John’s newcomer Vince Cole was among the student-athletes recognized by the BIG EAST in the conference’s first set of weekly awards announced on Monday, grabbing a spot on the five-player BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
A proven scorer at the junior college level, Cole wasted no time adjusting to Division I competition, averaging 20.0 points on nearly 54.0 percent shooting en route to tournament MVP honors.
On Wednesday against Saint Peter’s, Cole netted 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a lights-out 5-for-6 showing from three-point range. With his team trailing by four and less than 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Cole scored the game’s final five points to give St. John’s the victory. The Charleston, S.C., native made a driving layup with 18 seconds to play before nailing the game-winning triple with eight seconds to go.
The following afternoon Cole finished with 19 points in addition to four assists and three steals as the Red Storm cruised to a win over La Salle. The two-time NJCAA All-American and Section X Player of the Year also blocked a shot in each of his first two Division I contests.
Cole and the Red Storm will return to action on Monday night, taking on Boston College from inside Mohegan Sun’s “Bubbleville.” The game will tip off at 6 p.m. on ESPNU and AM 970.
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