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November 28, 2009

St. John's flexed its' muscles in Philly sweep

The St. John’s Red Storm improved to 5-0 on the season with a 55-48 victory over Temple Saturday night, completing a sweep of the Philly Hoops Classic.  It is the first time St. John’s has started a season 5-0 since the 2002-2003 season.   In addition to the confidence this weekend gave the team, the Red Storm now have two impressive out-of-conference wins to keep in the bank come tournament selection time.  

The Johnnies were  led by D.J. Kennedy who poured in 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting.  Dwight Hardy was clutch once again, hitting two key three-pointers early in the second half, and finished with 11 points. 

Lavoy Allen led the Owls with 11 points.  Temple shot 44% from the field, but only 55% from the free-throw line. 

The game was ugly, especially in the first half  where the teams combined for 43  points.  Temple led by one at the break thanks to turnovers and missed free-throws by St. John’s.  The Red Storm started the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 34-24 lead with 14:56 left in the game. Dwight Hardy had eight points, including two huge three-pointers during the run.  Nonetheless, the Johnnies would continue to be plagued by turnovers, and allowed Temple to stay in the game. 

The Owls lead by four after a dunk from Ramone Moore, making the score 45-41 with 6:39 remaining, but Temple was outscored 14-3 the rest of the way, and was held scoreless for 5 minutes.

After a St. John’s turnover, Omari Lawrence was called for an intentional foul, but the Owls proceeded to miss both free throws.  That can be viewed as the turning point in the game, as the Red Storm never looked back.  The Johnnies struggled with the Temple pressure in the waning minutes, but a Paris Horne slam sealed the win. 

With the win, St. John’s climbed up to #2 in the ever so important RPI, right behind Duke. 

“We just trying to let people know St. John’s basketball is back to where it once was,” said D.J. Kennedy. “Every time a team plays us, it’s going to be a tough game, and we’re going to give it all we got and it’s going to come down to the end.”

St. John’s returns home to face Stony Brook Wednesday night.  Justin Burrell hopes to see you there.

“If this is your first time coming to a St. John’s game, come and check us out.”  “Then we’ll prove it to you and we’ll make you a fan.”

“And if you’ve been to games before, we’re glad you stayed with us,” Burrell added. “We’re going to make it great for you to wear a St. John’s sweater in the city.”

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2 comments

  1. I know the stats for this game have been missreported elswhere, and maybe that is an excuse missreporting here, but you can at least check your own math. If StJ was up 45-41 and then outscored the owls 14 to 3 the rest of the way how much did they win by?…. oops

    Ill just assume the “all important RPI” after five games was a joke


    • oops, sorry, meant down 45-41…. will correct. Thanks for the support and the heads up.

      And the RPI is the most important factor is getting selected to the NCAA tournament, next to wins. Just trying to show how good of a start it is for the Red Storm



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