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St. John’s Men’s Basketball Takes Down Lafayette, 83-68, Saturday in Queens

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team rallied to an 83-68 victory over Lafayette on Saturday inside Carnesecca Arena. David Jones led the Johnnies for the second-straight contest, finishing with a game-high 20 points. Joel Soriano delivered his second double-double in as many games recording 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Storm.

Dylan Addae-Wusu gave St. John’s a spark off the bench registering 14 points going 4-for-5 from 3-point territory. The junior guard from the Bronx also grabbed three rebounds, dished out a pair of assists and made one steal in 19 minutes of action. Freshman guard AJ Storr chipped in eight points, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in 10 minutes off the bench.

Illinois transfer Andre Curbelo was the fourth Johnnie to record double-figures, finishing with 10 points, while matching Posh Alexander with a game-high six assists. The backcourt duo combined for just three turnovers on the night. Alexander also shot a perfect 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.

As a team, the Johnnies converted 10 of their 20 attempts from distance and shot 85.0 percent (17-20) at the free-throw line. St. John’s also outscored Lafayette 32-16 in the paint.

Jones fueled the Red Storm’s offense in the first half scoring 14 of his 20 points in the opening 20 minutes of action. The DePaul transfer got the Red Storm going posting nine points during a 12-0 run that sent the Johnnies ahead 16-9 at the 13:29 mark. St. John’s led by as many as eight in the opening stanza and knocked down six of its first seven three-point attempts.

 Lafayette also hit at a high rate from distance in the first half, shooting 8-for-17 (47.1 pct) beyond the arc to hang tight with the Johnnies. CJ Fulton, an Ivy League All-Rookie Team honoree last season, buried the team’s eighth triple of the half to put Lafayette on top 30-29 at the 5:08 mark.

Jones quickly answered for the Red Storm with a steal and putback to regain a 31-30 lead. Minutes later, a pair of free-throws by Curbelo put St. John’s on top 34-32, as the Johnnies carried the advantage into the break and did not trail the rest of the way.

 In the second half, Soriano went to work scoring all 13 of his points on 5-of-7 shooting while pulling down eight of his 10 rebounds for the 23rd double-double of his collegiate career. The senior from Yonkers exploded for seven straight points for the Johnnies within a span of 73 seconds to put St. John’s up 50-44 with 13:46 to play.

 St. John’s opened its largest lead of the game using a 13-0 run to move ahead 63-47 at 10:02 after Storr’s second 3-pointer of the night. Addae-Wusu also buried a pair of threes during the scoring surge. The Red Storm did not allow Lafayette to get closer than eight.

The Johnnies outrebounded Lafayette, 18-7, on the defensive glass in the second half. St. John’s also limited the Leopards to 33.3 percent (6-18) shooting beyond the arc in the latter stanza.

 Lafayette was led by Josh Rivera and T.J. Berger who scored 17 points apiece coming off the bench.

 St. John’s prepares for two games in three days this coming week at Carnesecca Arena. On Tuesday, the Johnnies host Central Connecticut State at 7 p.m. on FS2. Then on Thursday, the Red Storm will host Nebraska for its 2022 Gavitt Games matchup. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. on FS1.

For more information on the St. John’s University Athletics Department fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

MBB Next Game vs. CCSU – St. John’s University Athletics – Official Athletics Website (redstormsports.com)

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