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St. John's vs. Marquette halftime notes

The Red Storm have been on fire through the first 20 minutes of action.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

MILWAUKEE --- The St. John's Red Storm walk into halftime with a 39-31 lead over the Marquette Golden Eagles here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The BMO Harris Bradley Center has played host to a contest that has been dominated by one side in particular, the boys from New York. The Red Storm faced an early 6-0 deficit but since then, St. John's has been on a 39-25 run.

The Red Storm have been led by a balanced effort from a multitude of players. Ron Mvouika and Durand Johnson each have eight points at the break, shooting a combined 6-for-8 from the field. Johnson's shot selection has improved after a skittish performance earlier in the week against the Xavier Musketeers, as the Pittsburgh transfer brought his A-game with him to the 414.

The Johnnies have dominated from the perimeter in particular. After the first half, they're shooting 7-for-11 from deep, good for a percentage of 63.6. Marquette meanwhile has struggled despite having a few open looks here and there. MU is 2-for-10 from 3-point land and has made their living inside where they're a crisp 11-for-24 on 2-point field goal opportunities.

Luke Fischer is the leader for the Golden Eagles in points with 10 while Haanif Cheatham has nine and has looked stellar on this snowy Saturday afternoon in Wisconsin. Heralded freshman Henry Ellenson has struggled a tad, scoring only two points in just nine minutes of action after picking up two personal fouls early in the first half.