In what has been an up-and-down season for the growing St. John’s Red Storm, a new low may have been reached in Tuesday night’s 81-65 loss to San Francisco.
“We were very uneven on both ends of the floor, and showed our youth with an immature performance,” said a frustrated Steve Lavin, who was returning to his hometown of San Francisco. As much fun as it seemed his team had visiting the Golden Gate bridge, and hanging out at AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants, they had the complete opposite of a good time in Tuesday night’s second half.
Despite heading into the half down just 3 points, St. John’s fell behind big, relatively quickly, trailing 52-37 at around the 16-minute mark. Although JaKarr Sampson led the Red Storm to several runs on his way to a career-high 22 points, the Johnnies were playing catch up against a team that was more experienced, and found better looks, shooting an incredible 9-for-15 from three.
As good as Sampson was, St. John’s needed a spark from their top scorer, who was seemingly nowhere to be found. While it’s unfair to expect D’Angelo Harrison to be able to give 20-plus point efforts night-in and night-out, his 2 points on 1-for-7 shooting in the second half weren’t enough to keep St. John’s in the game, in fact, they hurt a team that shot 48 percent from the field in that second half discounting their stars effort.
As easy as it is to point out Harrison’s struggles, it didn’t help St. John’s that Sampson and Harrison outscored the rest of their teammates combined by 7 points, including below average games for both Phil Greene and Sir’Dominic Pointer. This was also St. John’s second worst defensive effort of the young season, as they’re only giving up an average of 60.3 points per game in wins. They’re now 6-3.
They’ll get a chance to redeem themselves on Saturday, when they host Fordham in their first game of the season at their home away from home, Madison Square Garden.
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