For the seventh game in a row, St. John's walked away in victory and held an opponent to under 60 points in process as the Green Wave of Tulane could not make waves against St. John's this afternoon in the first game of the Holiday Festival triple-header at the Barclays Center. The final score of today's game was 82-57, as Sir'Dominic Pointer led the Johnnies with a career-high 24 points. His performance was followed up by D'Angelo Harrison who had 21 points and Rysheed Jordan who had 12 points off the bench in his first game back from being out with the Flu.
The performances by Pointer, Jordan, and Harrison alone made up for 57 of St. John's 82 points against Tulane, in what was the Red Storm's second highest point total against an opponent this season. The real success though for the Johnnies today, was on the transition and the ability to force the hand Tulane into making poor shots and forcing turnovers.
In total, St. John's was able to swipe the ball 14 times compared to Tulane's three steals. Sir'Dominic Pointer alone had seven steals today. In general, Tulane had a bad day handling the ball as no matter what they were able to do, the Johnnies were able to force their hand.
Today's game was, more or less, the final tune up before the start of Big East play on New Year's Eve. While St. John's dominated Tulane today, there are still some areas that will need to be finely tuned before they get into the thick of conference play. The second half was evident of this, as they did not shoot at the same consistent rate that they did in the first half, but then again it was noticeable that St. John's took their foot off the gas in the in second half of play.
Now St. John's will turn their attention to Seton Hall for their next game.