Sunday, January 30, 2011

St. John With An Impressive Resume Win Over Duke

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
The St. John's Red Storm (12-8, 4-5) picked up another impressive top 25 victory over the No. 3 ranked Duke Blue Devils (19-2, 6-1) 93-78.

This marked the first time the Dukies allowed 90+ points to an opponent since the then-No. 8 Demon Decons scored 91 on February 22, 2009, and the first loss against the Red Storm since the 2002-03 season.

St. John's came out aggressive early trading baskets with the defending champs, but once the lead was gained, the Red Storm continued to roll and built a 46-25 halftime lead.

St. John's continued to overpowered Duke with their athletic ability, which led to many easy buckets. As a team, St. Johns hit 32-of-54 (59%) from the field, and nailed 26-of-33 (78%) from the line.

Not to mention, throwing 18 assist on 32 made field goals.

Five Johnnies were in double-figures, including two 20-point scorers.

 Dwight Hardy has a productive first half scoring 12 points, and added 14 in the second half to end with 26 points, three rebounds, and three assist.

Justin Brownlee also ended with 20 points for St. John's and added eight rebounds, and four assist.

Sean Evans, and D.J Kennedy both had 10 apiece, while Paris Horne chipped in 15 off the bench.

After five first half points, Nolan Smith exploded in the second half to pick at the lead, but his 27 second half points wasn't enough to post a extraordinary comeback.

Smith had a game high 32 points, and added five rebounds, four assist, and three steals. Kyle Singler was the other Blue Devil in double digits with 20 points, and two rebounds.

If the media wasn't convincing enough to sell the Big East as the best conference in America, I'm sure St. John's did.

This is the third win over a ranked opponent in the Steve Lavin era. St. John's could be dancing come March despite being the 11th best team in the Big East conference.

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