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

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St. John’s defeated Providence for the second time this season on Saturday at home 75-66. Sir’Dominic Pointer led the charge for the Johnnies with 20 points, seven boards and five assists.

Rysheed Jordan, Phil Greene IV and D’Angelo Harrison also scored double digits in points for the Red Storm.

Kris Dunn of Providence had the most points on Providence with 23 points.

Jordan, who was nursing an injury, was subject to not start the game because of disciplinary reasons, but only missed a few minutes of the beginning of the game before he entered play.

Providence went on a 13-8 run toward the end of the game, coming back and cutting St. John’s deficit a notch, but the Friars didn’t have the firepower in the end to grab a win at the Garden.

St. John’s box:

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Providence box:

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Objective Observations:

  • St. John’s has swept the season series against Providence this season.
  • The Red Storm held Providence to 19% percent shooting from three. The Friars have shot 30% percent from three overall this season.
  • Sir’Dominic Pointer continues to be a major contributor in St. John’s recent games,  this game he finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
  • The Johnnies shot 47% percent from field goal range, besting their 44% percent average.
  • D’Angelo Harrison and Rysheed Jordan also showed flashes of brilliancy against the Friars. Jordan dropped 14 points off the bench and Harrison scored 15.
  • St. John's shot 47% from all areas of the floor, 39% from three point range, and 67% from the foul line.

What it means:

When St. John’s attack is on point, the Johnnies are a force to be reckon with. The Red Storm just need to have consistent execution from their top players.

The Red Storm's next game is on the road against Butler, and the Johnnies will look to get their fourth win in conference play. St. John's has played well in their last few games. At win on the road against Butler could give the team another boost of confidence and put them over the hump for some late season success.