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Johnnies Take Down Xavier for Coach Anderson’s 400th Career Win

Making History

Last night’s win marked Coach Anderson’s 400th career win as an NCAAM head coach. It also clinched yet another winning season for him, making it nineteen seasons straight. He is just one of four D-1 coaches with 15+ years of experience who can say this. Let’s take a look back at what was happening during Coach Anderson’s first career season as a head coach in 2002:

  • The first Spider-Man was released in theaters.
  • Eminem’s The Eminem Show was the biggest selling album of the year.
  • Apple released its second generation iPod.
  • Kelly Clarkson won the very first season of American Idol.

Nearly two decades of winning basketball at multiple high major programs is incredible. Congratulations again to Coach Anderson on making history.

Player of the Game

At this point it’s almost an automatic to choose Posh or Julian as player of the game on any given night. They could have been co-players of the game last night again, but someone else stuck out to me as a massive X-factor in this one.

Marcellus Earlington was a massive spark off of the bench for us last night. He scored 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds (team high), coming up clutch all night long. To me, this team has two X-factors. Marcellus Earlington and Vince Cole. While Cole struggled last night, Marcellus more than made up for it. If Cellus can string a few games like this together, we are going to be in great shape for a tournament push.

Dynamic Duo

You really can’t recap any game without dedicating an entire section of the article to our star freshman point guard, Posh Alexander. Last night Posh left it all on the floor (as he always does) and gave Xavier hell for forty minutes. In the midst of a huge victory it seemed like this got slept on last night:

I have no doubt that Posh will secure a triple-double at some point in his tenure at St. John’s. He did it all last night and not just offensively. To go along with his near triple-double performance, he also added three steals. He currently sits at seventh in that nation in that category.

It’s hard to talk about Posh without mentioning his partner in crime, Julian Champagnie. These two have developed unbreakable chemistry on the court and it is a special thing to watch. They connected for a pair of highlight alley oops last night that got everyone out of their seats.

Champagnie led the way in the scoring column last night. He tallied 21 points on a variety of shots and also went 7-7 from the free throw line. On the year, Julian is shooting 45% from the field, 42% from beyond the arc, and 87.5% from the free throw line. Outstanding numbers especially for someone who shoots at a high volume.

Game Highlights

It doesn’t get any more Posh than this. He basically just takes the ball from the Xavier guard and lays it in for an easy deuce.
Isaih Moore came to play yesterday. He has made highlight reel dunks in almost every game recently. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the win last night.
Rasheem Dunn was impressive last night. The senior guard dropped a cool 17 points. He hit several big shots last night including the dagger with 1:30 remaining(above).
Okay just one more Posh highlight. I had to include this one because its not your traditional Posh Alexander play. This play was eye opening to me because it showed his confidence shooting the ball. He had struggled in the first half with his jump shot, but early in the second half he showed no signs of worry as he stared the defender in the eyes and drained this three. Badass.

Tournament Talk

Okay, so the tournament seems to be all anyone is worried about this time of year. The way I understand it is, for us to find ourselves in the bracket we have to finish out the rest of the season 3-1 at the minimum. The only loss being to Villanova. The three must win games are DePaul, Providence, and Seton Hall. Essentially, we control our own destiny. In my eyes, if we win those 3 games and win one in the Big East tournament there is no way they can keep us out of the bracket.

Box Score

StartersREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Roberts110000
Champagnie5110021
Cole400103
Alexander8930015
Dunn3410517
Bench
Moore5 1 00011
Earlington0200216
Wusu230042
Williams130108

Bet the Trend

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Hopefully St. John’s can keep up their winning ways with a huge game on Saturday vs. DePaul.

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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

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Johnnies Top DePaul for Third Straight Win

Game Recap

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. 

Vince Cole for three.

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. 

Champagnie step-back three.

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).

Lob-City

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.

Posh hits Julian with a lob on a back-door cut.
Moore. GIVE ME MOORE.
Wusu splits the D, makes the dish to Moore.

Box Score

StartersREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Roberts710202
Champagnie6101316
Cole3100118
Alexander6530215
Dunn491017
Bench
Moore2031215
Earlington300022
Toro000010
Addae-Wusu320006
McGriff110000

Gambling Results

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Renewing the Rivalry: Big Win vs. #23 UConn

First Win in Storrs Since 2000

Yesterday afternoon, for the first time since 2000, we beat UConn in Storrs. This game was so important for so many different reasons.  Coach Anderson, who prior to this game only had one Big East road win on his resume, coached this team through an incredible 40 minutes of basketball against a nationally ranked team on their home floor. 

This win solidifies for himself that what he is building at St. John’s is working and that this team is moving in the right direction. Winning a game on national television against a ranked opponent, who also happens to be a rival, is also going to give our players a big boost of confidence as we head into the final 10 games of the season. This game gives us the opportunity to turn the tide of this season and put St. John’s Men’s Basketball back on the map.  

Game Recap

St. John’s fell behind 21-7 early on in the first half, but they relentlessly fought back throughout the rest of the half and brought it to within three points headed into the break. 

In the second half, Marcellus Earlington was unstoppable. Marcellus hit 3 threes on three attempts, all coming amidst the second half comeback. The way he played yesterday was similar to the way he looked at the end of last season: shooting confidently, playing within himself, and playing winning basketball. Marcellus finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds in 20 minutes, hopefully earning himself more playing time going forward. 

Freshmen playing like seniors: Posh Alexander and Dylan Wusu played their best games of the season yesterday and this win wouldn’t have happened without them. I’ll start with Dylan, who played 28 minutes off the bench and chipped in 10 points, pulled down 5 rebounds, and tallied a pair of steals and assists. While he did register a solid stat line, his impact on this game goes far beyond the stat sheet. Wusu adds muscle for the Red Storm when he is on the floor and his hustle plays make major impacts on games, especially yesterday’s. His freshmen counterpart, Posh Alexander, played out of his damn mind yesterday. Posh hit 3 threes (career high) in an 18-point scoring effort. He stuffed the stat sheet: 18 PTS, 6 AST, 4 REB, 3 STL, 1 BLK. He played 36 minutes with the same energy the entire time. I swear this guy never gets tired. To make all of this even more impressive, we found out after the game that he didn’t practice on Sunday because his hip has been bothering him. This is the kind of guy we want in this program: a fighter. 

Post Game Interview with Posh Alexander:

Absolute badass. Let’s get it Posh.  

Game Highlights

Full-court dime from Posh to Wusu. The chemistry between these two is unbelievable. They are going to be a special duo for us.

Our boy Marcellus made it rain at Gampel yesterday. Clutch rating 99.

When Posh’s name is called upon, he rises to the occasion. Posh never backs down from the big moment. The kid is an absolute beast with a never-ending motor and a special talent on the basketball court.

Box Score

StartersRebASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Roberts300106
Champagnie6112412
Alexander4631318
Williams Jr. (injured)000100
Dunn1220411
Bench
Moore100002
Earlington5100015
Toro100000
Cole210330
Wusu5220410
McGriff000000

Gambling Results

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What’s Next?

Unfortunately for us fans, we have to wait until January 27th to see our team take the floor again. On the 27th St. John’s will face off against DePaul (2-4) at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. This is a great opportunity for this team to snag another Big East win, which would give us 4 on the year. After the DePaul game we face UConn again, this time at Carnesseca, followed by another home game vs. Villanova.

Beating UConn twice will be no easy task, but I believe this team is up for the challenge. The Villanova game is a unique opportunity considering they’re a top-5 team in the nation, giving us a chance to shock the world. After Nova, we enter a stretch of games where I believe we must go 3-4 to accelerate ourselves up in standings, and give us a chance at the tournament. Those games include Providence, Butler, Xavier, and Marquette. We are on the road for all but the Xavier matchup, but these are all games that this team can and should win.

Time to build off of a massive victory against UConn, and keep the ball rolling into the most exciting part of the college basketball season.

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Should We Stop Always Giving Coach Anderson a Free Pass?

Mike Anderson is in his second season with St. John’s and, well, things could be going better.

Anderson is known for never having a losing season in all his years coaching. This is an extremely impressive statistic for someone who has coached for many years in tough basketball conferences. Unfortunately, when push comes to shove, that record hasn’t translated in to much real success for his teams. By real success, I mean NCAA tournament appearances, tournament wins, and conference championships. Anderson made one Elite-8 appearance in his tenure at Missouri, but has otherwise been mediocre.

At Barstool St. John’s we are usually very big fans of Coach Anderson and love gassing him up on our socials.

However, recent performance is making me question my initial instincts about him as a coach. I thought he’d have this team moving in the right direction this season, but it seems like we have only been taking steps backwards. He is slowly beginning to lose the St. John’s fanbase and he needs to figure something out quick before this gets even more out of hand. After yet another brutal loss last night in a game that we should have won, I took a look at what he’s done so far at St. John’s. Which isn’t much.

Big East Record

In his first twenty-three Big East games, Anderson is 6-17. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this is an embarrassing record and frankly a major cause for concern for this program going forward (see next section). To make matters worse Anderson is 1-12 on Big East road games in his first season and a half in Queens. This simply won’t get it done. I don’t have a stat for this but one of my biggest concerns for Coach Anderson is the inability to hold on to games late in the second half. In just this year alone, he has let games slip away against Xavier and Georgetown, and we almost let the Boston College game slip away after being up by 20 points.

Mike Anderson seemingly has no clear plan for most Big East games and NEVER makes adjustments when they are needed most.

I won’t get into the whole Josh Roberts issue right now, but this is a perfect example of Coach Anderson failing to make any adjustments. This is yet another game where Josh Roberts could have helped in a big way on the glass, but instead he decided to keep him on the bench for the full 40 minutes.

Last season we likely would’ve been an NIT team, unless we made some crazy Big East Tournament run. This year it is looking like yet again we will be playing on opening night of the BET in the 10/11 game. Up until this point there has been no progress made in Anderson’s second season at the helm.

Recruting

Well, how the hell are we suppose to land recruits when all we do is lose.

Recruit: “Why should I come to St. John’s?”

MA: “Ugh… we play at the Garden sometimes and were good in the 80’s”

Those are basically our only selling points to any recruits: Playing at Madison Square Garden and having a rich history of success. Key word is “history”.

We have no present day success. Why would any highly respected recruit want to go to a school that loses? They don’t. With UConn back in the Big East, recruiting is only going to get more difficult for us, accelerating us into a never ending downward spiral.

The best selling point in recruiting any player is making them feel like they are going to be apart of a program that is going to have lots of success on the court. St. John’s can’t offer this at the moment and it’s unfortunate because I’m having trouble seeing a time where we can.

The 2021 recruiting class includes some solid players, but he’s missing two things. He’s missing that 4-star stud who can carry the team at times, and he’s missing a traditional back you down type of center that can hold down the paint against Big East teams. Until he finds those pieces, we are going to look lost against Big East teams. I can promise you that.

How Long Can This Go On?

Mike Anderson is going to have many more chances to win games at St. John’s, as he should. I will not write him off yet. If it were up to me, his job is secured through the end of next season. Some people say give him the full cycle (four years), but if he doesn’t pull it together down the stretch of this season…next year he will be under lots of pressure.

Mike Anderson’s job is safe, and we don’t want him out per se — but it is time to put the blame on him once in a while because no one ever does. If he wants to build something in Queens, he needs to start moving things in the right direction now.

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Barstool Fund Supporting Acquista Trattoria

The Barstool Fund

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the Barstool Fund, Dave Portnoy (President of Barstool Sports) is leading a charity for small businesses around the country who are in jeopardy of being put out of business due to COVID-19.

Dave started off the fund by putting $500k of his own money into the fund, and then opened it up to big time celebrities and regular people to donate. Dave has encouraged celebrities such as Tom Brady, Gary Vaynerchuk, Dana White, Pat McAfee, and many others to donate to the fund. In less than two weeks the Barstool Fund raised over 11 million dollars and has saved over 50 small businesses. They continue to exponentially raise more and more money and save more and more businesses everyday. 

On an appearance on Tucker Carlson, Dave said that he’d “Rather be sitting on a beach, betting on horses, drinking, but nobody else is going to do it. We have this big platform, so we’re going to try to help as many small businesses as we can.” Dave stepped up to the plate when this country needed it the most and utilized his platform to do a tremendous amount of good during this holiday season. The Barstool Fund has changed the lives of so many small business owners in a desperate time of need.

Saving Acquista Trattoria

This morning Dave reached out to Acquista Trattoria, a famous restaurant in Fresh Meadows and right down the street from St. John’s. St. John’s alumni and current students know that this is a St. John’s staple and hearing this news was personally touching. 

The Barstool Fund pledged to support Acquista Trattoria with any financial help they may need until we make it to the other side of this pandemic.

Normally at Barstool we do a lot of joking around and post funny content so this is a bit more serious of a post then we are used to.  2020 was one of the most difficult years of our lives and unfortunately for so many small businesses they were forced to close because of financial trouble. Getting news like this gives us so much hope for a great 2021. 

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Greg Williams Scores Career High 26-Points in win vs. Georgetown

Game Recap

I can’t say enough good things about the offensive performance in this one. St. John’s had five guys score double-figures (see box-score) as they put up a strong 94-point performance at Carnesecca Arena. 

Julian Champagnie added the stat sheet stuffing tonight, scoring 20 points, pulling down team highs with 9 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists, and he even chipped in a pair of blocks and steals. His tremendous all around performance is something that we have been getting comfortable with as he has been extremely consistent night in and night out. Vince Cole was back in the starting lineup tonight and he got back in his groove, pouring in 17-points. Posh Alexander and Isaih Moore scored 10 and 12 respectively and made big plays on both sides of the ball for St. John’s all night long. Alexander tallied a team high in steals with three, and that should come as no surprise to anyone.  He continues to wreak havoc on everyone he guards and puts an insane amount of pressure on opposing guards. 

But, while it was a great team performance, Greg Williams Jr. was the story of the night. Greg played a rather flawless offensive game tonight, dropping 26 points on efficient shooting. He has made tremendous growth from year to year in his time at St. John’s and he is only trending upwards. BUY STOCK NOW. 

It’s difficult to score 94-points without absolutely lighting it up from beyond the arc. Tonight St. John’s did just that. The Red Storm hit 13 three-pointers while shooting over 44% from beyond the arc. Greg Williams Jr. and Julian Champagnie banged home 4 three’s a piece and Vince Cole chipped in with 3.Seeing St. John’s shoot the ball well isn’t exactly something we’ve been able to enjoy often over the past few years, but tonight it was a beautiful thing to watch. There is something about playing in Carnesecca that just gives everyone a little extra edge when they are shooting from beyond the arc.

BIG BRAIN ALERT: Personally, I think we should play all of our games at Carnesecca. Then maybe we could get ranked. If we had fans it would be even more of a sure thing, but I am willing to bet that if we played every game at Carnesecca we would be in the top-25. 

Player of the Game

Greg Williams Jr. had a career game tonight.  The junior guard scored a career high 26 points on 4 three-pointers while shooting 58% from the field.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: When Greg Williams Jr. plays confidently on offense, he is the best offensive player on this team and one of the top in the conference.  

What impressed me the most tonight about Greg’s game was his ability to score from all three levels.  He converted on tough layups in the paint, banged home triples, and chipped in a team high eight free throws.  

I’m sure number 4 made Greg Williams Sr. very proud tonight.

Play of the Game

This one had a lot of great highlights. But this play got me off my couch. 

Aggressive defense leading to easy offense. Quick passing, getting up the floor fast. This was a textbook fastbreak capped off by a rim rattling slam from Moore coming off a perfect feed from Posh.  

Okay, I couldn’t have just one play of the game so I have to throw this one in too. 

LOOK OUT BELOW!!!!! 

Box Score

StartersREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Toro531001
Champagnie9422120
Cole5301217
Alexander2330310
Williams Jr.3102126
Bench
Moore3001012
Earlington320105
Roberts 010000
Wusu310010
Dunn212013

Gambling Results

The boys came through for us yet again as we cashed in on our ML bets. Shoutout to Killmer’s Crystal Ball for the free money tonight.

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Johnnies Gonna Johnnies

That was brutal. I have no words at this time.

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St. John’s Looks to Bounce Back Tomorrow After Seton Hall Loss

It felt as if we were so close to breaking through and taking the lead in yesterday’s game. All in all, we honestly kept that game much closer than it could’ve been and if we could have figured out a way to limit Sandro Mamukelashvili’s production, we could have won that game. Easier said then done of course, but sometimes when a player of that size also possesses that much skill, you have to tip your cap.

Unfortunately I made a fool of myself tweeting this prior to the game yesterday. For some reason I had this sudden jolt of confidence in our team yesterday afternoon that obviously didn’t manifest. The trolling in quote tweets and replies is well deserved on this one.

Now lets get into the important stuff.

I came out of yesterdays game with a few notes about what I’ve been observing so far:

Julian Continues to Dominate

Julian Champagnie has made massive strides early this season and he isn’t showing any sign of slowing down anytime soon. In the loss last night, Champagnie finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. Through four games (missed first few games due to injury) he leads the Big East in scoring, averaging 22.0 PPG. He has added to his offensive game in several ways in comparison to a season ago when he averaged 9.9 PPG. Julian is not afraid to take pull up jumpers and let it fly from beyond the arc this season and is the clear number 1 option for the Johnnies.

Julian’s bread and butter, getting the ball in the post and finishing strong around the rim.

Although I’ve only been able to watch on TV (obviously) it is increasingly clear how much more of a vocal leader Champagnie has become this season. While he is only a sophomore, Julian has played more minutes than any other returning player on this year’s roster. The other guys are looking towards him as a leader and he is rising to the occasion.

Is Posh Taking a Step Back?

No.

I’ve been seeing some people on Twitter concerned about Posh’s recent lack of offensive production and it is extremely pre-mature. After the first handful of games we may have gotten a little ahead of ourselves (I know I did) and we have to remember that he is only a freshman. Last night was Posh’s first chance to see what Big East competition looked like. Yes his performance was underwhelming, but let’s not get to ahead of ourselves in the other direction this time. He is currently second in the entire conference in steals per game, which is something for us to be excited about. He is clearly a defensive staple for this team and as he continues to grow throughout this year and in the future, he will take on an enormous offensive role for the Red Storm as well.

The Return of Rah

Rasheem Dunn, we have missed you. In just 16 minutes last night, Dunn recorded 10 points and 3 steals. Dunn’s presence on the court seemingly made everything run smoothly (aside from the final turnover) and he looked confident with the ball in his hands. I loved the way he relentlessly attacked the rim last night and I think his aggressive mindset is going to fair well for him the rest of the way. I would expect Dunn to slide into the starting lineup in the future for either Posh or Vince Cole depending on the matchup.

The best thing about St. John’s current situation is that they have an opportunity to bounce back 48 hours after suffering their loss to Seton Hall. Tomorrow, the Johnnies will take on Georgetown at Capital One Arena.

Georgetown Preview

Last night, St. John’s shot 19% from beyond the arc. NINETEEN PERCENT. That number is unacceptable and shooting that poorly makes it almost impossible to win a game. The fact that they were able to stay in this one until the end while shooting at such a poor clip is a testament to their strong defense. In order to secure their first Big East win against the Hoyas tomorrow, they must shoot better than 19% from deep.

One of of the biggest things I want to see tomorrow is Mike Anderson working to get Rasheem Dunn back to old form, while also getting Posh back to being involved offensively. Rasheem Dunn averaged 11.9 points a year ago, making himself the only returning player who averaged double digit scoring. He can be a catalyst for the offense at times by driving hard to the hoop, getting to the free throw line a bunch, and creating shots for others. Getting Rasheem Dunn back and involved in the offense like he was a year ago will create more opportunities for a guy like Vince Cole to be looking at more open threes.

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What I don’t want to see is Rasheem Dunn coming back and then Posh Alexander becoming invisible offensively. Posh is a talent that we have to continue grooming and he can only grow by getting touches in games. It is vital that he stays heavily involved on offense.

The final key to the game tomorrow is keeping Jamorko Pickett off the boards. The 6-foot-9 senior forward has crashed the glass hard for the Hoyas through their first five games, pulling down 10.0 rebounds per game. Keeping big guys off the boards is something that St. John’s has struggled with in the past. Guys like Marcellus Earlington and Josh Roberts should be getting important minutes tomorrow in order to limit Georgetown’s big men. But let’s be real, they probably both won’t get big minutes and instead we will be watching Toro flop around out there!

What Happened Last Time We Played Georgetown?

The last time we played the Hoyas we beat them in the Big East tournament at MSG on the last day fans were allowed to attend college basketball games. We ended that game on a 23-0 run and the boys had everyone in the arena out of their seat. Marcellus was extremely instrumental throughout this comeback that saw St. John’s winning 75-62. Hopefully we get another performance like this tomorrow.

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Johnnies Avoid Upset vs. Rider

Game Recap

Let’s start this off by saying a win is a win. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but there are a bunch of positives to take away from this one.

Greg Williams picked up the game right where he left off against Stony Brook, banging home a step back three on the Johnnies’ first possession of the game. While it seemed like that was going to be a sign of things to come, it was quite the opposite as the rest of the first half only went downhill from there.

After a shaky first half that saw the Johnnies headed to the locker-room down by a basket, things only got worse to start the second and St. John’s found themselves down by 11.

Then St. John’s began to show a little life.

The comeback was initially led by Marcellus Earlington and Julian Champagnie. Marcellus made his first six field goals of the night and reminded us why he deserves big minutes in important situations. He finished strong around the rim, converted an and-1 and hit an important three in the midst of St. John’s comeback. For Julian, things weren’t working out as well as they had been from beyond the arc, but he made tough plays in the paint all night. He finished with an 18-point double-double and recorded a game high three steals and blocked two shots.

Posh Alexander once again reaked havoc on the defensive side of the court and dished out 8 assists in this one. His game continues to impress me even though he isn’t scoring as much as he did in the opening few games.

Then it was Vince Cole time.

Vince Cole started his hot streak of scoring by hitting a big three point bucket to put an end to a 7-0 Rider run with 6:30 remaining in the game. From here on out he made big shot after big shot to will the Red Storm to victory. He nailed the dagger (see in “play of the game” section) to seal the deal tonight in Queens. He finished with a game high 26 points on 60% shooting.

Play of the Game

ICE COLE

Up by one, 33 seconds left on the clock, Vince Cole rises to the occasion and bangs home the dagger. We had a bunch of flashy fast break plays throughout that ended in highlight slams that could’ve been the play of the game, but none were more important than this three from Vince Cole.

Players of the Game

SJU Barstool Player of the Game: Vince Cole

This one wasn’t even a debate. Vince Cole absolutely turned up down the stretch in this one to help St. John’s avoid an upset against Rider.

Vince Cole is a winner. When the game is on the line he wants the ball in his hands and he wants to be that dude taking the big shot. He scored 12 points in the final three minutes of this one. Vince is the knockdown shooter that we were missing a season ago and he is going to continue to be a key piece for us as we enter Big East play.

Stats: 26 PTS, 7 REB

Box Score

StartersRebASTSTLBLKTOPTS
Alexander381034
Williams Jr.032005
Cole7111126
Champagnie10032118
Moore310026
Bench
Earlington5121116
Toro300021
Wusu250014
McGriff000000
Roberts410002
Caraher100000

Gambling Results

Shoutout Nick Killmer for making us bread tonight. Make sure you stay tuned for all of Nick’s best bets before every game.