With today's game, St. John's' time in paradise on the island of Maui came to an end as the Johnnies faced off against the invitational hosts of Chaminade in a battle for the seventh place in the invitational standings.
And In the end, St. John's came very close to being upset by the Silverswords, but would walk away with a 100-93 victory.
In many ways it was a game for St. John's where they looked comfortable on and off the ball and also had a bit of confidence. That confidence trickled out of their matchup against Indiana yesterday, and showcasing his talent and potential the most was Federico Mussini on Wednesday afternoon.
From the onset, Mussini played one of his best games so far this season, which is a lot to say given how Mussini has been this season. Mussini today led all players on the floor with 24 points and six assists. He was the cog for St. John's today as it all seemed to run through him.
Mussini though was not the only high mark for the Red Storm today as Christian Jones finished the day with a double-double performance of 17 points and 11 rebounds, working underneath in tandem with Yankuba Sima who had five blocks on the day. Durand Johnson also had 17 points on the day along with seven rebounds, and Amir Alibegovic finished with 17 points as well in the sixth man role off the bench for the Red Storm.
As a team the Johnnies shot 59.3 percent from all areas of the floor, 52.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, and 74.1 percent from the foul line.
Overall everything was running right for the Chris Mullin and his squad on offense.
While St. John's' time in Maui was not the greatest of experiences, it was definitely a part of the process of building the team up going forward, and today's win showed that along the with boost of confidence heading back to the main land.