Asserting Their Dominance
St. John's is finally putting their foot down against a lesser opponent. The No. 24 ranked Red Storm did what they have done all year and let Fairleigh Dickinson hang around, holding a 22-18 lead with as little as 6:45 to play, but St. John's caught fire. Thanks to a 12 point outburst from Phil Greene IV and tremendous defense from Chris Obepka, Steve Lavin's squad scored 17 of the final 20 points in the half to take a 14 point lead into the locker room.
After struggling to really take a stranglehold on teams early on, it's nice to see St. John's really put their foot down and start to pull away.
Hey, St. John's Is Shooting Pretty Well
St. John's is shooting pretty well! Crazy, right?
The Red Storm are 16-27 from the floor, shooting 60 percent and are 4-9 from beyond the arc. In addition to Greene's 12 points, D'Angelo Harrison has 9 points and two assists. Rysheed Jordan, who has been criticized for his play early in this season, is also propelling the Johnnies to this 14 point lead, putting up 8 points of his own.
The Red Storm is really moving the ball well. They're dishing the ball inside to Obepka, who will take one or two dribbles, then pass it out to either Greene or Harrison beyond the arc for an open three-point shot. Fairleigh Dickinson has not been able to defend this particularly well, and it bodes well for St. John's to continue this half court offense.
They're also getting many fast break points thanks to their defense. FDU has committed six turnovers, which St. John's has been able to take advantage of on the fast break.