As the clock ticked to 15 minutes, it seemed like the St. John’s season was coming to an early end, after Terrell Allen pushed the Hoyas lead to 15, early in the second half. Struggling from the floor, the Red Storm shot 29% up to that point, including going 2 of 15 from deep. But just as the game seemed out of reach, the Red Storm turned it on.
With 14:24 left to play, a Rashee Dunn jumper cut the Hoyas lead to just 5. Georgetown was able to bring it back up to 11, but the Red Storm refused to go away. Enter Marcellus Earlington. With three minutes left, the Sophomore out of Stony Brook took over. His solo 10-0 run put the Red Storm up 67-62 with 2:11 left, and got the St. John faithful rocking here in MSG. Earlington finished with 19 on the day, 17 coming in the second half.
LJ Figeuro hit a deep three putting St. Johns up by 8 with a minute to go, icing the game. Figuero led the Red Storm in scoring with 22. St. John’s ended the game on a 23-0 run over the last 6:31, coming out on top 75-62.
LJ met with the media after the game and talked about the dominant finish. “Just Coach always emphasizes we’re never out of game” Figeuro said. “We just go out there, play as hard as we can. I mean, honestly I don’t think anybody knew on the court that we were on a 23-0 run. It just felt like we were out there having fun, and that’s how it’s supposed to feel.”
“Proud of these guys,” St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson said about his squad after the win. “I always think the way we play is a game of runs, we had one of our better runs this year”.
Anderson and the Red Storm are in for a quick turn around, as they have a showdown set with number 1 seeded Creighton, tomorrow at 12 PM on FS1.