DePaul Blue Demons (10-9, 1-5) vs. St. John's (13-7, 5-3) – Wednesday, January 30th, 8:00 p.m. Central – Carnesecca Arena, Queens, New York
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Losers of four straight, the Blue Demons once again find themselves on the road trying to earn their second Big East victory of the year.
To do so, the Blue Demons (10-9, 1-5) will have to beat a team that they have already lost to this year as they will take on St. John's (13-7, 5-3) on Wednesday night for a second time this season. This time DePaul will travel to Queens. The last time the two teams squared off in Rosemont on January 19, the Red Storm took a 71-62 decision.
Both teams are trending in opposite directions. The Blue Demons have now dropped four games in row after being pummeled by Pittsburgh 93-55 on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Red Storm are winners of four straight (longest streak in the Big East) after beating Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon, 71-67. St. John's all of a sudden finds themselves tied for third in the Big East.
St. John's is led by sophomore scoring sensation D'Angelo Harrison. Harrison was recently named to this week's Big East honor roll after averaging 22 points and five rebounds last week. On the year Harrison is averaging 19.8 points per game (second in the Big East).
Not to be outdone, freshmen Jakarr Sampson is also coming off a fine week for the Red Storm and was recently named Big East Rookie of the Week. In two victories over Rutgers and Seton Hall, Sampson averaged 20 points and six rebounds. For the season, Sampson averages 14.3 ppg (second best on the team).
For good measure, the Demons better do a good job of defending Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch, who scored a team-high 18 points in the first game on January 19.
Simply put, the Demons have to play defense in this affair, as they have proven they can score with anybody. For DePaul to have any shot, they need their bigs to have a big game while controlling the paint and putting up a better effort on the boards.
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The Last Time
On January 19th, 2013 at Allstate Arena, the Blue Demons fought back from a 17 point deficit with 7:36 remaining against St. John's at Allstate Arena on Saturday, to only have their comeback fall short and lose 71-62.
DePaul came to within three points on Moses Morgan's trifecta with 2:24 left, but St. John's closed the game out on a 6-0 run by making their free throws when it mattered.
It was a sloppy affair with both teams turning the ball over 18 times.
The Blue Demons shot five of 25 from behind the arc.
DePaul point guard Brandon Young turned in a subpar performance. Young turned the ball over seven times to three assists. Brandon finished with just six points on just two of 11 shooting from the field and went zero for five from beyond the arc. Young did manage to corral 10 rebounds for a career high.
Sophomore Jamee Crockett led all scorers with 19 points including back-to-back three pointers down the stretch. Junior forward Cleveland Melvin scored 16 and grabbed eight rebounds.
St. John's had four players finish in double-figures. Jamal Branch led the way for the Red Storm with18 points. D'Angelo Harrison scored 15 points. While Sir'Dominic Pointer contributed with 14 points and Jakarr Sampson added 10.
St. John's Roster
No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. EXP Hometown/High School/Previous School
3 God's Gift Achiuwa SR Forward 6-8 233 1V Port Harcourt, R.S., Nigeria//Erie C.C. (N.Y.)
24 Felix Balamou FR Guard 6-4 188 H.S. Conakry, Guinea/Our Savior New American (N.Y.)
2 Marc-Antoine Bourgault JR Guard/Forward 6-6 209 J.C. Saint-Malo, France/Notre Dame Prep/Monroe College (N.Y.)
0 Jamal Branch SO Guard 6-3 176 Tr. Kansas City, Mo./Grace Preparatory Academy (Texas)/Texas A&M
22 Amir Garrett SO Guard/Forward 6-6 211 1V Los Angeles, Calif./Findlay Prep (Nev.)
1 Phil Greene IV SO Guard 6-2 182 1V Chicago, Ill./IMG Academy (Fla.)
11 D'Angelo Harrison SO Guard 6-3 209 1V Missouri City, Texas/Dulles
10 Max Hooper SO Guard/Forward 6-6 202 Tr. Carmel Valley, Calif./Brewster Academy (N.H.)/Harvard
4 Christian Jones FR Forward 6-7 222 H.S. Arlington, Texas/IMG Academy (Fla.)
23 David Lipscomb FR Guard 6-2 175 H.S. Riverdale, Ga./Wheeler
35 Khadim Ndiaye SO Forward 6-6 195 H.S. Queens, New York/Christ the King
12 Chris Obekpa FR Forward/Center 6-9 223 H.S. Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria/Our Savior New American (N.Y.)
15 Sir'Dominic Pointer SO Guard/Forward 6-5 198 1V Detroit, Mich./Quality Education Academy (N.C.)
14 JaKarr Sampson FR Forward 6-8 204 H.S. Akron, Ohio/Brewster Academy (N.H.)
33 Orlando Sanchez SR Forward 6-9 214 J.C. Nagua, Dominican Republic/Colegio Nueva Luz/Monroe College (N.Y.)
40 Sam Sealy SO Forward 6-8 187 1V Medford, N.Y./Longwood
30 Jamal White SR Guard 6-4 206 2V Roosevelt, N.Y./Roosevelt/LIU
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