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A Storm is Coming: Upset Win vs. #3 Villanova

40 Minutes of Hell

The boys are absolutely buzzing right now and there is no slowing us down. Posh Alexander led the charge last night, taking down #3 Villanova and putting St. John’s in the national headlines. What else is there to say besides, what a damn game!

Villanova runs like a machine. St. John’s overly aggressive style of defense last night proved to be a stick in the gear and they shut the machine down.  Villanova averages just 8 turnovers a game. Last night, the Johnnies turned them over 17 times. Major credit to Mike Anderson for sticking with his style and continuing to prove that it can work against even the best teams in the country. 

After beating #23 UConn back on January 18th Posh Alexander said in a post game press conference that, “I personally feel like we can beat anybody.” Boy was he right. The Johnnies continue to string together win after win, improving their winning streak to 5 games. 

The most impressive thing about last night’s game was St. John’s ability to hold onto a lead throughout the entire game.  For anyone watching you were probably expecting a big run from Villanova at some point in the 2nd half, but it never happened. The Johnnies pretty much held a steady 10-point advantage for the entire second half of this one.  They kept hammering, never letting off the gas, and put the nail in the coffin for Jay Wright’s Wildcats. Dare I say…we dominated Villanova?

This win moved us up to 67 in the NET rankings. And it puts us in serious consideration for the NCAA tournament.

Impact Players

Posh Alexander – King of NY

This tweet just about sums it up. Last night Posh Alexander scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, tallied 4 assists, and stole the ball 3 times. Incredible numbers but that wasn’t even the most impressive part of his game. Posh was matched up on Collin Gillespie, a preseason second team All-American point guard for Villanova, and he outplayed him every second of the game. Posh held Gillespie to 4 points while shooting 2-12 from the field and 0-8 from beyond the arc. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Posh Alexander is the catalyst for this team. He is the motor.

Adding a 3-point shot to his game opened so much for him and you have to love the confidence he is playing with right now. He is the man on campus and it seems as if he is beginning to realize that. This team will go as for as he can take them.

Julian Champagnie

It seems like there is a section about Julian in just about every post game article that we do. He is Mr. Consistent. After failing to score for the entire first half, he completely flipped the script in the second. He ended up with a double-double (14 PTS and 13 REB) and he also blocked 3 shots. He called his performance and “off day” on instagram (see above) and in a post game press conference. I wish my “off day” was a double-double against the third ranked team in the country. Julian hit a couple of vital 3’s down the stretch in this one and was a big help in preserving the lead in the second half.

After the game he did an interview with Andy Katz, host for @MarchMadness.

Dylan Addae-Wusu, The Spark We Needed

This young man has continually grown more and more on St. John’s fans since opening night this season.  He came off the bench and scored 9 points last night including two 3-pointers, grabbed 4 boards and locked down whoever he was assigned to on the defensive end. His role on this team can not be overlooked and I think more people every game are seeing how important he is. He played incredible defense, has no hesitation on the floor, isn’t afraid to let it fly, and attacks the basket hard. Oh and did I mention he is only a freshmen? The kid is an absolute stud and is improving every game. We are a better team when Dylan is on the floor.

Highlight Plays

GET OUT THE WAY. Greg Williams Jr. throws it down with authority in his first game back from injury. Unfortunately, the 4 minutes he played in the first half was all that he would play in this one, as his back continues to be a problem.
A Julian Champagnie block leads to an easy lay-in on the other end. Look at that ball movement.
Vince Cole has been feeling himself lately and honestly he’s been the X-factor. When he is hitting from deep this team is dangerous. At the beginning of this season things were looking bleak for the JUCO transfer. Recently he has had a big part in all the success.
Everytime Posh has a clear lane to the hoop a get out of my chair in hopes for a windmill. One of these times it’ll happen. Nonetheless was great to see he take off and throw one down coming off a great steal.

Box Score

StartersREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Roberts300012
Cole0000012
Champagnie13003214
Alexander4630416
Dunn531055
Bench
Moore611118
Earlington312292
Addae-Wusu421109
McGriff000000
Williams Jr. 010002

Gambling Results

WE ONLY GIVE LOCKS

Y’all should start tailing the picks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

By Dylan Kelly

New York Sports Fan. St. John's Basketball.

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