The beginning of the first half had just about anyone watching this game headed for the liquor cabinet as St. John’s made things wayyyyy too interesting at the start of this one. We turned the ball over far too often and we settled for an abundance of bad shots.
But then the tides turned. You can’t let the Johnnies get hot! The boys absolutely turned it up at the end of the first half. The Red Storm closed the half on a 22-2 run, sparked by tremendous defense and a boatload of steals. The half ended on a smooth buzzer beating three point jumper from Marcellus Earlington, giving the Red Storm all of the momentum heading into the locker room.
Offensively, Julian Champagnie and Greg Williams Jr. shouldered the load this afternoon. They hit three 3’s a piece and combined for 37 points. The two of them played with such confidence all game and it was a beautiful thing to watch. When Greg Williams is in score-first mode, there aren’t many more talented scorers in the Big East. As for Champagnie, he is looking more and more like an NBA talent every game I watch him.
Isaih Moore was also a double figure scorer this afternoon and stuffed the stat sheet, adding 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals to go along with his 12 points.
It’s impossible to write a game recap and not talk about freshman point guard, Posh Alexander. With Posh, it is all about the intangibles. One word to describe Posh Alexander’s game is relentless. His defensive mentality is so impressive. He creates highlights for his teammates through hard nose defense and clean passing. What I’m realizing more and more about him is that his impact will not always show up in the box score, but he brings a special kind of energy every single game that few players can match.
When Posh needed a breather, John McGriff came in and filled the void almost seamlessly. McGriff showed us why he belongs on this team and that he can play a role for St. John’s as we head into the heart of the season. McGriff scored 5 points and dished four dimes in this one.
This game was a big confidence builder for every player as everyone contributed on the scoreboard. All players that saw action got at least one basket in this one.
Play of the Game
The Brooklyn connection! Posh Alexander is too fast, outruns the Stony Brook players to the ball and delivers a ridiculous no-look pass to Julian Champagnie who slammed it home. These two have both had special starts to this season and the craziest part is that their St. John’s careers are only getting started. The future is bright in Queens for these two young studs.
Players of the Game
Greg Williams Jr. and Julian Champagnie really stood out for the Johnnies this afternoon.
Greg Williams Jr. pulled out the entire bag of tricks today on the offensive side as he went for 21 points on three 3-pointers. Normally when someone hits three 3’s and scores 21 points that would be the most impressive part of their performance, but Greg did more than just score today. Williams Jr. made incredible defensive plays all game, tallying a game high SIX steals. Six steals is an insane statistic.
Julian Champagnie continued his hot start to the season, scoring 16 points that included buckets from all three levels. Champagnie showed off his confidence from beyond the arc yet again as he hit three 3-points, shooting 3-6 from deep. He is a special talent and has shown up big for St. John’s in every game he’s played in so far this season.
Was there ever a doubt? St. John’s covers the 16.5 point spread this afternoon making us loyal ATS gamblers some money that we can blow on the Chiefs tonight vs. the Broncos.