St. John’s routs Bryant

December 23, 2009

D.J. Kennedy led the Storm with 18 points

St. John’s (10-2) closed out its non-conference schedule with an 80-44 blow out of the winless Bryant Bulldogs Wednesday night.  

Junior swingman D.J. Kennedy led the Johnnies with a game-high 18 points, which included a 5-for-8 effort from the field and a 3-for-6 performance from beyond the arc, to mark his 11th-consecutive game in double-figures to start the season. Juniors Dwight Hardy and Paris Horne each scored 16 points – a season-high for the latter – drilling four and five 3-pointers, respectively. Each of St. John’s 12 active players got into the scoring column, including walk-ons John Taubeneck (1-for-2 from the free throw line) and Kevin Clark (four points, 2-for-2 from the field, one rebound).

St. John’s shot 41.9 percent from the field (26-of-62) and a 46.4 percent from long-range including 13 three-pointers which ties St. John’s record of 13 three-pointers from its 74-53 victory over North Florida on Nov. 10, 2006.  The Red Storm cleaned the glass for a 47-30 advantage, and recorded a season-best 13 steals, 24 fast-break points and 25 points off a season-high tying 21 forced Bulldog turnovers. The Red Storm did not allow a single Bryant (0-12, 0-2 NEC) player to reach double-figures.

“I thought we did a good job of getting out in transition, and we played much better defense in the second half and stayed solid. We didn’t gamble as much as we did in the first half that helped them make their run,” said head coach Norm Roberts. “Then I thought our bench came in and did some really good things for us.”

St. John’s raced out to a 14-2 lead in the first four minutes of the ballgame, but Bryant rallied back with a 12-2 stretch to tie the contest by 13:36. St. John’s would close the half on a 29-7 run to take control, and entered the halftime locker room with a 43-21 advantage.  This was the perfect tune-up for Big East Conference play, which begins on New Year’s Eve as St. John’s heads to No. 14/13 Georgetown for an 8 p.m. tilt (ESPN2).




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