D'Angelo Harrison was not the best player on the floor tonight, but St. John's got even distribution of production from everyone to make up for it
D'Angelo Harrison disappeared for most of the night, but finished with 11 points and 3-for-18 shooting. The absence of Harrison would have been a cause for concern in games prior, but tonight was a different story as Steve Lavin got some of the best basketball out of his starters so far. Sir'Dominic Pointer's physical presence made him the best player on the court for Steve Lavin. He finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists. The Johnnies also got solid performances from Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa, who was domineering underneath the basket, hosting his own block party with Pointer in the paint all night. Jamal Branch also returned to full duty again, which means the Johnnies once more have a relatively balanced squad again.
Marquette still cannot figure themselves out on the road
In what has been a beguiling season for the Golden Eagles, they still have yet to figure out how to close out games on the road. Much like the Xavier game, they came close to pulling off with the victory against St. John's. What did them in was Matt Carlino, Marquette's sole source of production for most of the night, man marked midway through the second half. The only other notable source of production was Steven Taylor Jr. who had 13 points on the night, but other than that it was a quiet night for most of Marquette's players. At home they've been on their best, but on the road they are a completely different team. They look poised at times to take this one but there is still something missing in their game.
Does this win put St. John's season back on the bubble?
Well it is too early to tell as they now shift gears to host Duke on Sunday in Madison Square Garden, but for now tonight's win does offer a little bit of hope for the Red Storm going forward. Tonight proved that they can execute with a 7 man rotation, even with Amir Alibegovic impressively almost fouling out in just a six minute span. While it will be tremendous if they can steal a win from Duke and put Mike Krzyzewski's celebrations on hold for at least another game, but realistically they have a shot at continuing their move up the Big East standings in their next conference game against Creighton. They are still a long way off, but tonight's win brought them a little bit closer.