St. John’s remains perfectDecember 2, 2009
Despite 15 turnovers, 40 percent shooting from the field, and 58 percent from the free-throw line, the Red Storm defeated Stony Brook 63-55 at Carnesecca Arena Wednesday night. With the win, St. John’s improved to 6-0 on the season for the first time since the ’94-’95 season.
D.J. Kennedy scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to once again lead the Johnnies, and Sean Evans controlled the paint with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
“We were very careless with the ball, but we played tough tonight. Whenever you see your guys diving for loose balls and grabbing offensive boards you know they’re giving it all they got,” said Norm Roberts after the game.
St. John’s never trailed, opening the game on a Malik Boothe 3-pointer. The Red Storm led 12-1 after four minutes and by as many as 14 points in the first half before taking a 30-20 lead going into the break.
Stony Brook was equally careless with the ball, committing 16 turnovers. They were also stifled by the Red Storm defense, shooting 39 percent from the floor and just 27 percent from behind the arc.
The Seawolves never really were in the game, and trailed by as many as 18 late in the 2nd half. However, they were able to hit some three-pointers in the final seconds to make the score respectable. Bryan Dougher scored 13 to lead Stony Brook, with Dallis Joyner and El-Amin chipping in 11 each.
St. John’s will take their 6-0 record into Durham, North Carolina on Saturday to take on the Duke Blue Devils. The players know that they have to play better if they plan on upsetting the Dukies.
“This was an ugly, ugly game … and people think we should have won by more but a win is a win,” said D. J. Kennedy. “Against Duke you have to limit your turnovers because they capitalize on every mistake.”
“We’re going to prepare better,” said Sean Evans. “We have to play hard the whole game. We let up a little bit at the end of this game. We have to limit our mistakes.”
Game time is 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN 2.