The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team looks to bounce back from a hard-fought setback at then-No. 23/23 Iowa State when the Johnnies open BIG EAST action against DePaul on Wednesday at Carnesecca Arena. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. on FS1 with Dave Sims and Jim Spanarkel on the call from Queens.
An audio broadcast of the game on the LEARFIELD Red Storm Sports Network with John Minko and Brandon Tierney will be available on a variety of platforms including the Varsity Network App, TuneIn Radio, RedStormSports.com and the St. John’s Red Storm mobile app. The radio broadcast can also be heard on SiriusXM channel 381 and 971 on the SiriusXM App.
The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a long-sleeve t-shirt, courtesy of Teachers Federal Credit Union.
Riding a six-game home win streak, St. John’s looks to begin BIG EAST play with a win over DePaul for the second-straight year. Red Storm junior wing and DePaul transfer David Jones will face his former team for the first time since coming to Queens over the summer. The St. John’s forward played in 37 games at DePaul, averaging 12.1 points and 6.3 boards per contest across two seasons in Chicago. Jones is best known among the Blue Demon faithful for registering a career-high 33 points and 14 boards in a 62-55 road win over Louisville in 2021.
The Red Storm (8-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) is coming off its first loss of the season against Iowa State in Ames on Sunday, falling 71-60. Posh Alexander led three Johnnies in double figures with 14 points while Montez Mathis and Rafael Pinzon added 13 apiece. Joel Soriano pulled down 12 boards on Sunday, marking the eighth time in nine games the Red Storm center has paced the team in rebounds and continues to rank among the nation’s best with 12.3 boards per contest (3rd in NCAA).
Wednesday will mark the 52nd all-time meeting between St. John’s and DePaul with the Johnnies boasting a 29-22 all-time record and a 16-5 ledger at home against the Blue Demons. St. John’s has won six of its last eight meetings and split the regular-season series last year before knocking off DePaul, 92-73, in the BIG EAST Tournament. Former Johnnie Julian Champagnie tallied 26 points in that game while Esahia Nyiwe posted a near double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Johnnies averaged 91.7 points and forced 15.7 turnovers per game in three meetings last season against the Blue Demons. Posh Alexander and Dylan Addae-Wusu registered 14.0 and 10.7 points, respectively, to go with 5.0 assists per contest apiece in three meetings with DePaul.
DePaul (5-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) is coming off back-to-back overtime victories, downing Samford, 103-98, before erasing a 17-point deficit and knocking off Loyola-Chicago, 78-72, on the road.
Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Javan Johnson led the charge in both contests, tallying 28 points against the Bulldogs and another 27 versus the Ramblers. The 6-foot-6 forward ranks second in conference with 18.4 points per contest, shooting 47.6 percent from the floor.
DePaul guard Umoja Gibson paces the BIG EAST with 2.6 steals per contest while ranking second with 6.9 assists per game and third with a 90.7 free-throw percentage.
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