The St. John’s Red Storm continue their rocky season under first year head coach Chris Mullin by harmlessly falling to No. 6 ranked Villanova, 68-53.
St. John’s Red Storm 53 (7-15)
Villanova Wildcats 68 (18-3)
Big East, Final Game Box Score
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
That’s the way this rookie season has continued to travel, and nothing changed on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden as the squad hosted the No. 6 ranked Villanova Wildcats.
Despite the cloudy feel surrounding the Johnnies, it was Nova who got off to the rocky start. Jay Wright’s squad led by only one-point, 28-27, at halftime.
But then the wheels started to be in motion.
Josh Hart led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Jenkins added 14 points and 11 boards.
“I was happy the second half we kind of got it going,” Wildcats coach Jay Wright said of the 50 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes (14 of 28). “I thought the big key was Kris and Darryl Reynolds on the boards. That was big. Josh did a good job too. Without Daniel that was big for us.”
The Cats came away with the convincing victory playing without starting center Daniel Ochefu, who was accidentally elbowed in the head at practice on Friday and is currently in the concussion protocol.
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Next up for the Johnnies will be another tough test in No. 7 Xavier on the road on Wednesday.