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Franklin Pierce vs. St. John’s game recap: The Red Storm defeat the Ravens in the NIT Season Tip-Off

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Franklin Pierce was so close to getting their first win against a division one team tonight when they faced St. John’s, but was unable to convert the first half momentum into a win.

The St. John’s Red Storm played against the Franklin Pierce Ravens on Monday night at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y in the first matchup between the two schools. Franklin Pierce got off to a hot start, but after the half, St. John's took over and went on to defeat Franklin Pierce 94-81.

Franklin Pierce was on top for most of the first half and at the half, the Ravens led by seven. The tides changed when the second half began though as St. John’s took control of the game. The Johnnies went on a 21-0 run to start the second half, with the help of D’Angelo Harrison, who had a double-double in the win.

St. John’s took the win in the first ever game between the two schools. The game is part of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.

St. John’s gave Franklin Pierce a plethora of early opportunities, that Ryen Vilmont took advantage of in the first half, scoring 21 points, and shooting very efficiently from both the three and from the field. Once the second half started, St. John's tightened up their defense and were able to limit his scoring and the rest of the division two team.

The Red Storm also received help from D’Angelo Harrison, along with Rysheed Jordan and Phil Greene IV, who scored in double digits. Christian Jones also played well off the bench, racking up eight points and garnering four boards.

St. John’s was able to pull ahead after the first half, but struggled tremendously before then. The Red Storm did not shoot well and gave Franklin Pierce too many good looks.

Looking forward, St. John’s will stay at home to face LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday, while, Franklin Pierce will play Minnesota on Thursday. Both games are part of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.