So we have this thing going on right now, it’s called a winning streak. Last night we secured our third straight victory, improving our overall record to 10-7 and our Big East Record to 4-6. We have won four of our last five games and Coach Anderson has this team clicking on all cylinders. Last night was one of those rare St. John’s games where we were the clear-cut better team for the entire 40 minutes.
Posh Alexander, Julian Champagnie, Isaih Moore, and Vince Cole all scored in double figures last night vs. DePaul. Cole led the way with 18, including three 3-pointers. Champagnie scored 16 and also hit three 3-pointers. Posh Alexander and Isaih Moore made impacts on both ends of the court; they each scored 15 points and tallied 3 steals.
Posh Alexander continues to impress on a nightly basis and is the proven catalyst for the Johnnies. He executes Mike Anderson’s “40 minutes of hell” style to perfection. The rookie guard plays over 30 minutes a night and plays with the same fierce energy for the entire time. Posh leads the Big East and is 11th in the nation in steals with 2.53 STPG. Last week he was named Big East Rookie of the Week and MET Player of the Week and he is setting himself up for another shot at those awards yet again.
Julian Champagnie continued his ultra-consistent play last night and is looking more and more like an NBA talent everytime I watch him play. After an early ankle injury scare, he came back into the game and didn’t miss a beat. He finished an incredible lob from Posh with a highlight dunk, banged home threes and hit the mid-range jumper in a 16-point effort. Julian said at the beginning of this season that he wanted to be a leader for this team, and he really embraced that role. He leads the Big East in scoring at 19.7 PPG.
My vote for Big East Player of the Year: Julian Champagnie.
Rasheem Dunn’s 9 assists (career high) last night seemed to have flown under the radar for some reason. Dunn did a phenomenal job of penetrating and dishing and keeping the ball moving on offense. This year’s team has more offensive talent than last years, which has meant less scoring opportunities for Dunn. With that said, he is impacting the game in other ways and is playing a major role night in and night out.
Play of the Game
All the Alley-Oops and 3-pointers in yesterdays game made it hard for me to choose just one as the play of the game. However, this play stuck out to me as a clear winner.
Unselfish Basketball. Give and Go. AHHHHH Gimme that.
DePaul was still sticking around at this point in the game (and they kept it relatively close for awhile after this), but this play just about recaps how this game went. Posh Alexander and Isaih Moore both played their tails off last night and when you go hard for 40-min, you get rewarded with highlights like this. Relentless defense in the backcourt leading to a Moore dunk (one of many).
Last night we turned Chicago into lob-city. It seemed like there was an alley-oop every few minutes last night and I loved every second of it.
This is democracy. When 64.2% of people say that the Johnnies will cover the spread, that means the Johnnies are covering the spread. An anonymous member of the Barstool team hit big with this Johnnies win last night.