The Villanova Wildcats and St. John's Red Storm are entangled in a battle at Madison Square Garden. Here's the skinny on what's happened after 20 minutes of action:
D'Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV are the leaders of the pack so far for the Red Storm. The duo has combined for 27 points on a 11-for-17 mark on field goal attempts. They've been efficient from the perimeter too, as Harrison and Greene are shooting 50.0 percent from downtown.
For Villanova, it's the typical balanced effort. Dylan Ennis is ahead with eight points at the break, but Phil Booth and Josh Hart are both tied with five points each coming off the bench. Thus far, no one has separated themselves too far from the back, but big man Daniel Ochefu has a game-high eight rebounds. No one, neither a Wildcat nor a Johnny, has more than four.
Speaking of rebounding, 'Nova leads in that department 19-14, with an 8-3 edge on offensive boards.
The block differential can be explained very easily: Chris Obekpa 5, Ryan Arcidiacono 1.
Rysheed Jordan, back from his temporary leave of absence, is scoreless after the first half of play.
D'Angelo Harrison was injured while trying to block a Ryan Aricidiacono layup. More info will be available when it comes.
UPDATE: Per Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News, Harrison is expected to return to the game. He was diagnosed with a right knee contusion.
St. John's is currently ahead of Villanova 35-34 after one half of play. The Red Storm are shooting 53.6 percent from the fiefld and 42.9 percent from the 3-point line. The 'Cats, meanwhile, are shooting just 43.8 percent from the floor, with a 27.3 percent mark from the perimeter.
Enjoy the second half!