The Red Storm couldn’t do much wrong on their way to a 74-59 blowout of Marquette on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
“This is four out of five wins for us and we have some great momentum,” junior guard D’Angelo Harrison said. “We had a heartbreaker at Creighton, but we came out and played hard today and got a win. Everything is moving in the right direction and everyone just bought in. We always have great practices and it’s finally clicking now. Everybody had a great game today and it was just a good win for us.”
The Red Storm (13-9, 3-6) performed like a well oiled machine behind D’Angelo Harrison’s game high 27 points and six three-pointers, Rysheed Jordan’s career high seven assists, and Chris Obekpa’s seven blocks. As a team St. John’s went 26-for-56 (46.4 percent) from the field, while holding the Golden Eagles (12-10, 4-5) to a 23-for-66 (34.8 percent) mark.
Head coach Steve Lavin sent out his tenth different starting line-up on the season as the Red Storm were able to play one of their best half’s after going down 6-0 to Marquette.
“I wouldn’t read in too much to that [today’s] starting lineup”, Lavin said. “It’s really more about that as a group we have confidence in the team. We’re just going to keep trying to get better and regardless of what combinations are in there we just got to continue our level of play.”
The Johnnies went on a 25-7 run from the 18:15 to 7:44 mark in the opening half, a stretch in which Harrison scored all 11 of his first quarter points. St. John’s was able to contain the Golden Eagles offense to shooting 8-30 (26.7 percent) from the floor. The Red Storm went into the half winning 33-20.
“We just got out to a great start. We normally get off to slow starts”, sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson said. “In the first half we got off to a great start and we continued it all the way through the second half. It was an even game all the way through and that’s what 40 minutes of St. John’s basketball is supposed to look like.”