Following the debacle against Seton Hall at the Prudential Center, St. John’s hit the court again for first their first Big East home game of the season on the first day of the new year seeking a fresh start and a first win in conference play.
Waiting for them would be the Golden Eagles of Marquette. The Golden Eagles were coming into this one fresh off of a blowout win against Southern to close out their non-conference slate of games for the 2018-19 campaign. Now they turn their attention to the Big East.
The Red Storm were seeking to get back on track after their loss to Seton Hall over the weekend and the woes that they ran into in that game, namely loss of momentum and taking their foot off of the gas in the final stretch of the game. That game was definitely a wake up call to St. John’s as the Red Storm responded well in this game by taking Marquette to task and routing them by a score of 89-69.
Marquette did not put their best foot forward in this game which may be as much of a story as St. John’s going for it for a full forty minutes. The most glaring aspect for the Golden Eagles was Markus Howard, their leading scorer. had a shocker of a game of eight points and 2-15 shooting from the floor. Despite Howard’s struggles, there were still some good showings by the Golden Eagles with Joey Hauser leading the way with 15 points and his brother Sam having a nice 10 point night. Ed Morrow posted a 12 point game and rounding out the scoring options was Joseph Chartouny posting a 11 point game. They just couldn’t account for the diminished production from Howard.
Foul trouble may have also limited Marquette, with five players running into three or more fouls over the course of the game, among which included Theo John who got a technical along with Shamorie Ponds for some sideline events that briefly took place.
It was a cohesive effort from St. John’s starters on Tuesday. Shamorie Ponds led the way with a game leading 26 points and five assists, a much better showing than his efforts against Seton Hall. Ponds was hot from the start for the Red Storm. Ponds was not alone though as Marvin Clark II continued his stretch of solid games with a 22 point game. Justin Simon had a 12 point game to go along with some great defense tonight. LJ Figueroa had a 11 point game and rounding out St. John’s scoring was a 16 point game by Mustapha Heron who was a late bloomer this game and took a while to get things going. In other positive Red Storm news Sedee Keita played nine minutes, his first game action since his injury. He did play with a brace on the knee but overall looked promising.
As a team, the Red Storm shot the ball at a rate of 54% from the floor, 46% from three point range, and 75% from the foul line. On the Marquette side of the ball, their rates were, 42% from the floor, 29% from three point range, and 61% from the foul line. Both teams tied in total rebounds at 35.
So where do we go from here? Well, Marquette are now 0-1 in conference play and St. John’s moves to 1-1 in the conference. St. John’s attention now turns to Saturday where they will be heading down to Washington DC to take on Georgetown and Marquette head home to play host on Sunday to Xavier.