“We played good defense, we really did,” said coach Chris Mullin. “They run some really nice sets. They make you play into the shot clock, so I thought we did a good job.
“We just couldn’t get the ball, it was amazing,” continued Mullin. “And then the frustration had a huge effect, I know people say it doesn’t, but it does. It really screwed our offense up for pretty much 33 minutes of the game.”
Marcus LoVett led the team in scoring once again and played a key role in the Red Storm’s late surge, netting 10 of his 16 points in the final 4:04 of the game.
Freshman guard Shamorie Ponds also finished in double figures for the Red Storm, tallying 10 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds and three assists.
Bashir Ahmed added nine points and four boards for the Red Storm, who were outrebounded 54-34 overall on the evening.
After two weeks on the road, the Johnnies were scheduled to return home to the friendly confines of Carnesecca Arena for a Tuesday evening matchup with the Hornets of Delaware State at 6:30 p.m.
Women fall to Sun Devils in Sin City
The St. John’s women’s dropped a 54-41 decision to No. 23 Arizona State in its final game of the 2016 South Point Thanksgiving Shoot Out in Las Vegas over the weekend.
“I thought we had a pretty good first half,” coach Joe Tartamella said. “Their pressure really bothered us and they took us out of a lot of the things that we were trying to do throughout the game, but I thought we held our own.”
Senior Aaliyah Lewis paced the Red Storm (2-3)with 12 points. The guard also grabbed four rebounds, had two assists and hit all four of her attempts from the free throw line.
Freshman Alisha Kebbe set a career-high with 11 points in 26 minutes. The Philadelphia native was 5-for-10 from the floor and brought down a career-best six boards.
The Red Storm returns home to Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday for a matchup with Albany. First tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.