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Creighton vs. St. John’s analysis: The Red Storm's Crossover Examination

Rysheed Jordan led the Red Storm to a much-needed win

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St. John’s defeated Creighton 84-66 on Saturday after losing to Butler on the road. Rysheed Jordan had the most points on either team with 25.

D’Angelo Harrison also put up 21 points and 10 rebounds and Sir’Dominic Pointer and Phil Greene IV scored double digits in points.

Creighton forward Rick Kreklow led the charge for the Bluejays with a double-double that included 10 points and 10 boards.

The Red Storm had a dominant performance in the first half, and while Creighton played better in the second, the Johnnies were too much too handle in the end for Creighton.

St. John’s box:

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Creighton box:

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Objective Observations:

  • Rysheed Jordan finished with a career-high in points with 25. Jordan also had two rebounds and three assists in the game.
  • D’Angelo Harrison finished with 21 points against Creighton, the most he has scored since the beginning of January.
  • Amir Alibegovic came off the bench, and put up seven points and had one rebound.
  • The Johnnies held Creighton to 36% percent shooting from the field and 23% percent shooting from three point range.
  • Rick Kreklow led the Bluejays in rebounds, assists and steals, and was only outscored by three points by teammate Geoffrey Groselle.
  • St. John’s scored 84 total points in the game, more than their 71.4 points oer game average.
  • Creighton’s bench outscored their starting lineup.
  • St. John’s shot 56% percent from all areas of the floor, 58% percent from three point range, and 85% percent from the foul line, an overall efficient shooting outing.

What it means:

This was a much needed win for the Johnnies, a team that lost three of their last four games prior to their matchup against Creighton. While Creighton isn’t the best team in the Big East, St. John’s still had a solid performance, and showed that there’s a possibility that they can make March Madness.

The next task for St. John’s is their game on Wednesday against DePaul at home. The Red Storm lost in overtime to DePaul at the Allstate Arena last month.

This contest against will begin a tough stretch for the Johnnies who will face Xavier and Georgetown on the road after their game on Wednesday, before coming back home to face Seton Hall.