New York City- The second of three first round games in the Big East Tournament saw St. John’s roll to a 92-73 victory over DePaul.
St. John’s started slow but finished the half very strong. The final four minutes of the first stanza the Red Storm increased the lead from 11 to 20. Julian Champagnie of St. John’s exploded for 22 first half points. At the half, St. John’s led 49-29.
Offensive efficiency: St. John’s 129, DePaul 76
Second half St. John’s was never seriously threatened. Mike Anderson’s group got out in transition, attacked the basket and distributed the ball very well. Twenty two of their 37 field goals were assisted. St. John’s led in points off turnovers 24-0. Red Storm committed just two miscues all night. St. John’s showed its depth leading 40-19 in bench points. DePaul led 48-42 on points in the paint. A part of the game addressed by St. John’s coach Mike Anderson following the contest.
Champagnie finished as leading scorer with 26 points. Javon Freeman-Liberty paced DePaul with 17. Posh Alexander of St. John’s led with 7 assists. David Jones and Nick Ongenda of DePaul shared game-high rebounding honors with 8 each.
St. John's shot 50% (33% beyond the arc) from the field. DePaul shot 48% and only 16% from three.
Possessions: 74- a pace that decidedly favored St. John's.
Offensive efficiency: St. John’s 124, DePaul 99
eFg%- St. John’s 55, DePaul 51
FT rate: DePaul 29%, St. John’s 19%
OREB%- DePaul 26, St. John’s 23
TO Rate: St. John’s 3%, DePaul 20%
"Some of the things they did tonight I am very proud of. Didn’t come out with a good start. Tonight we had a certain energy and an attack mode. We’ve got to play defense. You have got to play defense if you want to advance in the tournament. They were getting layups. In time outs I told my guys they have to play defense. Playing Villanova (next round) is a great challenge and opportunity. But it’s tournament time. We just have to be ready." St. John’s coach Mike Anderson
"A lot of adversity, injuries and ups and downs. Our guys fought hard through difficulties all season. Thought it could have ended better. We have a lot of work to do to get the program where we want. We ran into a St.John’s team that played very well and is capable of winning games in this tournament. Whenever we made a run they (St. John’s) came back and made great runs. Our defense wasn’t where it needed to be. They got into a flow on offense and we were not disruptive." DePaul coach Tony Stubblefield
DePaul spilt the regular season series with St. John’s. DePaul finished 15-16. St. John’s improves to 17-14 and faces Villanova in the quarterfinals.