DePaul Blue Demons (9-9, 3-2) vs. St. John’s Red Storm (12-4, 1-3) – Sunday January 18th, 1:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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It’s difficult to get a handle on this St. John’s team. At the end of December, the Red Storm were ranked 15th in the nation. They then went into a nosedive losing their next three Big East games including home losses to Butler and Villanova.
The Red Storm bounced back on Wednesday night with a convincing 83-70 win at Providence. Senior guard D’Angelo Harrison willed St. John’s to that victory. Harrison scored 20 points and dished out four assists in the win. D’Angelo is second in the Big East in scoring at 20.6 points per game.
Harrison is now third on the St. John’s all-time scoring list behind Chris Mullin and Malik Sealy.
“Their guards are their story,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said of the Red Storm on WSCR Radio. “D’Angelo Harrison is one of the best players in the league. If they win a few more games, he’s probably a candidate for player of the year. He’s a terrific guard, averaging about 20 points a game. Rysheed Jordan is another kid who was highly rated coming out of high school. Billy Garrett, Jr. beat him out for Rookie of the Year last year. He’s averaging 13.4 and is very, very talented. Then, Phil Greene, a Chicago native, has always played well against us. He’s a senior now averaging 12.3. Then they’ve got SirDominic Pointer, who is a four play who plays more like a guard. He’s more of a driver. They like that four out (style).”
The Red Storm are an aggressive bunch that like to attack the basket.
“They like to drive the ball to the basket,” Purnell said. “They like to get out in transition. They’re athletic and that’s the way they prefer to play. They get after you defensively in a man-to-man, they really kind of extend it. They play some zone. It’s kind of a 2-3 tandem-type zone. They’re going to look to run it and use their athleticism. Their guards are going to shoot it every chance that they get. They set screens for them. A lot of people said coming into the year, and I didn’t disagree, that they are the most talented team in the league with athleticism to boot.”
St. John’s doesn’t seem to get enough credit for their defense. The Red Storm are number one in Field Goal Percent Defense in the Big East at 39.1%. They also lead the league in blocked shots, thanks to the help of 6-10, 236 lb. big man Chris Obekpa, with 6.7 blocks per game.
The Last Time
On March 2nd, 2014 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Blue Demons succumbed to St. John’s in a 72-64 defeat.
St. John's was led by D'Angelo Harrison's double-double. He scored a game-high 25 points (8-17 from the field) to go with 10 rebounds and four assists. SirDominic Pointer (14 points) and Sanchez (13 points) were St. John's other double-figure scorers. Chris Obekpa was a beast on the defensive end with a game-high 11 rebounds and five blocks.
For DePaul, it was senior guard Brandon Young who led the way, as he led the Demons with 23 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He also chipped in with four assists, four steals and while committing two turnovers.
Freshman guard Billy Garrett Jr. was the only other Blue Demon in double figures, as he finished with 12 points.
For the game, DePaul shot 41.3 percent while St. John's shot 50 percent from the field.
St. John’s Roster
No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School/Previous School
14 Amar Alibegovic FR Forward 6-9 230 Rome, Italy/Istituto Tecnico Minerva
10 Felix Balamou JR Guard 6-4 192 Conakry, Guinea/Our Savior New American (N.Y.)
0 Jamal Branch SR Guard 6-3 169 Kansas City, Mo./Grace Preparatory Academy (Texas)/Texas A&M
31 Adonis De La Rosa FR Center 7-0 322 Bronx, N.Y./Christ The King
34 Joey De La Rosa SR Center 6-11 249 Bronx, N.Y./Montverde Academy/FIU
1 Phil Greene IV SR Guard 6-2 187 Chicago, Ill./IMG Academy (Fla.)
25 Samuel Harris IV FR Guard 6-0 175 Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic
11 D'Angelo Harrison SR Guard 6-4 202 Missouri City, Texas/Dulles
22 Jay Henderson FR Guard 6-5 180 Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep
4 Christian Jones RS SO Forward 6-7 230 Arlington, Texas/IMG Academy (Fla.)
23 Rysheed Jordan SO Guard 6-4 193 Philadelphia, Pa./Roberts Vaux
5 David Lipscomb RS SO Guard 6-2 180 Riverdale, Ga./Wheeler
35 Khadim Ndiaye SR Forward 6-6 199 Queens, New York/Christ The King
33 Olisa Nwachie FR Forward 6-7 225 Los Angeles, Calif./Fairfax
12 Chris Obekpa JR Forward/Center 6-10 236 Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria/Our Savior New American (N.Y.)
15 Sir'Dominic Pointer SR Guard/Forward 6-6 192 Detroit, Mich./Quality Education Academy (N.C.)
2 Myles Stewart FR Guard 6-5 180 Los Angeles, Calif./Westchester
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