Winners of three straight and four of the last five, the St. John’s Red Storm will hit the road once again for a Sunday matinee in Milwaukee against the Golden Eagles of Marquette.
Tip-off from Fiserv Forum is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and 570 AM WMCA. Brandon Gaudin and Nick Bahe will call the game on FOX while John Minko and Tarik Turner will handle broadcasting duties on the radio. 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.
St. John’s (10-7, 4-6 BIG EAST) heads back to the Midwest having won three straight and four its last five after downing DePaul on Wednesday in Chicago. The Red Storm was originally scheduled to host Connecticut on Sunday at Carnesecca Arena, but the game with the Huskies had to be postponed after UConn entered into a modified quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure. The schedule change means that St. John’s will play its third straight conference game on the road, marking the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Red Storm has had to play back-to-back-to-back BIG EAST contests away from the Big Apple. Having won each of its last two BIG EAST games at UConn and DePaul, St. John’s will look to win three straight conference road tilts for the first time since 2012-13.
The Red Storm’s recent success has been predicated upon a series of balanced scoring efforts. Five Johnnies finished in double figures in wins over UConn and Utah Valley before four players scored 15 or more points against DePaul. Seven different members of the Red Storm have reached double figures at least once over the last three games.
The reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, Posh Alexander has been sensational for the Red Storm of late, averaging 14.1 points, 4.6 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 steals with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9-to-1 over the team’s last five games. He led the Red Storm in scoring against UConn (18) and Utah Valley (20) before posting 15 point, six rebounds, five assists and three steals at DePaul. Against the Huskies, Alexander scored 15 of his 18 points and dished out four of his six assists after halftime, helping the Red Storm erase an eight-point deficit in the closing minutes of the contest. Since Dec. 20, St. John’s is 5-0 when Alexander scores 10 or more points.
Alexander is one of three Brooklyn natives excelling in the Red Storm starting lineup. Julian Champagnie, a product of Bishop Loughlin High School, enters the weekend leading the BIG EAST in scoring at 19.7 points per game. Far from just a scorer, Champagnie also leads the team and ranks 12 in the BIG EAST in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game while ranking inside the top 10 in the BIG EAST in steals (1.5- 5th) and blocks (1.3- 8th). Champagnie has scored no fewer than 12 points in any of his 15 appearances this season with four double-doubles and six 20-point performances. Rasheem Dunn has been another key part of the Red Storm’s recent success, averaging 8.6 points and a team-high 4.8 assists over the last five games. On Wednesday at DePaul, Dunn dished out a season-high nine assists while surrendering just one turnover in 34 minutes of action.
With Greg Williams Jr., the team’s second leading scorer, missing each of the last two games with a back injury, a pair of former junior college All-Americans have boosted their production to fill the gap. Vince Cole is averaging 16.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc in his last two outings, including a team-high 18 points at DePaul. Isaih Moore is averaging 14.0 points of 11-of-14 shooting, missing just one shot from two-point territory over the last two games.
Marquette (8-8, 4-6 BIG EAST) returns home to Fiserv Forum after falling to Providence, 72-63, in overtime on Wednesday. Koby McEwen scored a team-high 13 points, but the Golden Eagles were unable to contain the Friars’ David Duke, who logged six of his game-high 31 points in the extra period. Before their loss to the Friars, the Golden Eagles dropped a home contest to DePaul, giving the Blue Demons their first BIG EAST win of the season.
The Red Storm will look to enact a bit of revenge on the Golden Eagles following a two-point Marquette victory at Carnesecca Arena on Jan. 16. The win was the first for Marquette against St. John’s in New York during the regular season since 2015-16, snapping a four-game winning streak. St. John’s is 1-1 at Fiserv Forum since the building opened for the 2018-19 season. That year, Shamorie Ponds scored 28 points to lead the Red Storm past the No. 10 Golden Eagles, handing Marquette its first-ever loss in the building.
McEwen, who hit the game-winner with 27 seconds left two weeks ago, leads three Golden Eagles in double figures at 12.4 points per outing. Dawson Garcia, one of only two players alongside Alexander to win multiple BIG EAST Freshman of the Week awards this season, and Ohio State transfer D.J. Carton are both averaging 12.2 points per game.
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