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St. John’s bounces back from sluggish first half to beat New Hampshire

The Red Storm are 3-0!

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For about 25 minutes of game action Tuesday night, the St. John’s Red Storm looked to be in some trouble against the New Hampshire Wildcats.

The Red Storm looked flat and listless on offense while not being able to string together stops on defense. At one point, the Wildcats took a 23-11 lead after a Chris Lester three-pointer, and it seemed like the Red Storm could be in some real trouble.

St. John’s bounced back in a big way, though, ultimately picking up a 74-61 victory. LJ Figueroa had 25 points as he continues to play well. Figueroa knocked down five three-pointers for the second consecutive game, as well. He leads the Big East in three-pointers made this season, knocking down 11 of his 22 attempts.

Julian Champagnie also had a strong game, finishing the evening with 11 points and nine rebounds, falling just shy of his first career double-double.

Mark Carbone led New Hampshire with 14 points.

The Red Storm will return to action on Saturday as they host Vermont.