The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team will ring in 2021 on Saturday when the Red Storm plays host to DePaul at 12 p.m. inside Carnesecca Arena.
The game will be broadcast live nationally on FS1 with Alex Faust and Casey Jacobsen on the call. John Minko and Brandon Tierney will handle announcing duties on 570 AM and 102.3 FM WMCA. The Learfield-IMG College Red Storm Sports Network radio broadcast will also be available through TuneIn Radio, as well as SiriusXM channel 381 and streamed through channel 971.
The Red Storm (6-4, 1-3 BIG EAST) will look to make it two conference wins in a row after closing 2020 with a 94-83 victory against longtime BIG EAST rival Georgetown on Dec. 20. The Johnnies’ 13-day layoff is the program’s longest since another 13-day break during December of 2007. The last time St. John’s went more than 13 in-season days without playing came during December of 1994, when the Red Storm went 17 days between wins against Pitt and Fordham.
In the Red Storm’s most recent victory against Georgetown, two Johnnies scored 20-plus points in the same game for the first time this season, as Greg Williams Jr. logged a career-high 26 while Julian Champagnie netted 20. Williams’ career-best effort came thanks to a 7-for-12 effort from the floor, including a 4-of-6 showing from three, and an 8-for-11 performance from the charity stripe. Champagnie, who went 4-of-8 from deep, narrowly missed his fourth double-double of the season with nine rebounds and a career-best four assists. Champagnie, who ranks second in the BIG EAST with 20.3 points per game, has now cracked the 20-point plateau four times in eight appearances as a sophomore.
Three other Johnnies finished in double figures in their last game out, as Vince Cole logged 17 points, Isaih Moore added 12 and Posh Alexander chipped in 10.
The Red Storm lit up the three-point line against the Hoyas, matching a season-high with 10 triples in the first half alone before jumping out to a large lead and finishing with 13. St. John’s has shot 40.0 percent or better from deep in each of its last two games after hitting the mark just once in its first eight outings.
St. John’s will close out a three-game homestand against DePaul while the Blue Demons will wrap a three-game road swing to open conference play. DePaul dropped its league opener to Providence in double overtime on Dec. 27 before falling to Connecticut, 82-61, on Wednesday in Storrs. The Blue Demons have played just three games so far in 2020-21, opening the season with a win against Western Illinois on Dec. 23 after a number of COVID-related pauses.
The Blue Demons are led by senior guard Charlie Moore, who is pacing the team with 16.3 points and 5.3 assists per game. Four other Blue Demons are averaging double figures through three outings, including Valparaiso transfer Javon Freeman-Liberty (13.7 ppg) and sophomore Romeo Weems (13.5 ppg).
Last year, St. John’s swept the regular season series from DePaul, returning the favor after the Blue Demons won both meetings between the teams during the 2018-19 regular season. In two games against DePaul last season, Rasheem Dunn averaged 16 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
St. John’s is 26-20 all-time against DePaul in a series history that dates back to 1932. The Johnnies are 17-9 against the Blue Demons in regular season BIG EAST contests since DePaul joined the conference in 2005.
St. John’s is 5-1 this year at Carnesecca Arena, including a 5-0 record against unranked opponents.
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