St. John’s Hangs on in Overtime Without D’Angelo Harrison, Beats DePaul

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“I have faith in my teammates and they have faith in me. It was a grind-it-out game and we grinded.”

Fewer statements made from the St. John’s Red Storm this season have held more truth.

After fouling out with almost four-minutes to go in Wednesday night’s game against DePaul, St. John’s leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison was frustrated to say the least.

“You feel helpless,” said the Big East‘s second leading scorer (19.8 points per game), who not only missed the last three and change of regulation, but obviously the entire overtime period as well.

It doesn’t matter who did or didn’t play, what matters was the result of the game, a win. And not just a win, but the Red Storm’s fifth win in a row, good enough to earn them sole possession of third place in the Big East as they improved to 6-3 in the conference, after getting off to a 1-3 start.

It was also important to see that the Johnnies could score with their biggest scoring threat unavailable. While the Red Storm definitely did their thing on the defensive end to keep the team in the game, JaKarr Sampson and Sir’Dominic Pointer really stepped up on offense, as Sampson scored 6 (out of St. John’s 10) points in overtime and Pointer added 6 of his 11 points after Harrison went to the bench.

With Georgetown, Connecticut, Syracuse, and Louisville coming up in their next four games, this is a great time in the season for St. John’s to be getting hot, and playing with confidence.

“This is why I came to St. John’s, to play big-time games like Louisville and Syracuse. We want to compete with those teams,” said Sampson after the win. Confidence is sky-high, which was also seen in Harrison, despite missing the final eight-plus minutes of Wednesday night’s barn burner. “We’re going to come in ready to fight at Georgetown so they better be ready, too.”

Where I’m from, those are fighting words. It should be a good fight.

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