Graduate forward God’sgift Achiuwa, who sat out during a redshirt season in 2012-13, scored 24 points and St. John’s rolled over Division II Humboldt State, 106-39, in its final exhibition game Monday night.
Junior swingman Sir’Dominic Pointer stuffed the box score with 14 points, 10 rebounds, nine blocks, five assists and three steals in 29 minutes. D’Angelo Harrison made a pair of 3-pointers to score 12 points with seven boards in only 16 minutes, while long-range bomber Max Hooper drilled four from distance for 12 of his own.
Orlando Sanchez, playing only 18 minutes, scored six with a team-leading 10 boards for the second-straight exhibition outing.
“There were some positives tonight. I was pleased with our team’s willingness to share the basketball and find the open man,” said St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin. “Our challenge now is to prepare to face a top-20 Badger team in a hostile environment.”
St. John’s is 0-3 against Wisconsin all-time, but the two schools have not met since an 80-70 Badger victory in the 2002 NCAA Tournament
Lavin announced in May that St. John’s will open its 2013-14 campaign at a neutral venue, taking on perennial Big Ten power No. 20 Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 8, at the newly-opened, $19-million Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“Playing a Bo Ryan-coached Badger team gives us an early-season test,” said Lavin. “Having covered the Big Ten for seven years with ESPN, I developed an appreciation for the cohesive brand of basketball Bo Ryan’s teams play.”