St. John’s storms the Saints in PhillyNovember 27, 2009
St. John’s came into Friday night’s game at 3-0, but many doubted how good the team really was. Well, they looked pretty good tonight.
The Red Storm outscored the Siena Saints 46-32 in the second half en route to a 77-68 victory at the Palestra. The Saints led for the majority of the game until a 19-4 run by the Red Storm midway through the second half. This was a big win for the Johnnies, as Siena is viewed as a Sweet 16 sleeper team and was ranked 27th in the country pre-season by ESPN.
“Huge win today for our guys. This is the type of win that hopefully helps us at the end of the season come tournament time. We have some work to do, but I thought our guys competed hard tonight, and we made some shots,” said a happy Norm Roberts after the game.
Junior D.J. Kennedy was 8-12 from the field and scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Red Storm. Dwight Hardy was clutch down the stretch and finished with 13 points. Paris Horne, Justin Brownlee and Sean Evans each had 9.
Ryan Rossiter led Siena with a career-high 24 points in the loss. He also finished with 13 rebounds and shot 11-for-14 from the field. Alex Franklin and Ronald Moore each added 11 points.
Siena rushed out to a 12-2 lead in the first three minutes, but St. John’s was able to neutralize the game with their size. After Rossiter picked up his third foul for the Saints, the Red Storm big men ate up the paint, and allowed St. John’s to get back in the ball game. The Johnnie’s briefly recaptured the lead, 26-24, with about five minutes to play, but trailed by five at the half.
St. John’s shot 51.7 percent from the field (30-for-58) and had 18 assists.
“Maybe this team isn’t a joke,” point guard Malik Boothe said. “We all don’t like to say it, but we read and we do see things and I’m pretty sure that coming into this game, everyone thought we were going to lose.”
St. John’s will conclude the Philly Hoop Classic Saturday night against Temple. Game time is 8:30pm.