Oct. 25, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - Six players scored in double-figures, including three 20-point scorers, as St. John's shot a scorching 65.8 (50-for-76) from the floor to defeat C.W. Post, 110-80, in exhibition action. The Red Storm dished out 24 assists and forced 19 turnovers on its way to scoring the most points since a 115-70 win against Niagara on Jan. 4, 1999.
God'sgift Achiuwa scored a team-high 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting and grabbed nine boards, while Phil Greene drained four 3-pointers en route to a 20-point performance. D'Angelo Harrison added 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with four assists. Moe Harkless added a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds), Nurideen Lindsey added 16 points and seven assists, and Sir'Dominic Pointer chipped in with 12 points and two blocks.
Preseason All-American Stefan Bonneau scored a game-high 28 points, including a 5-of-9 effort from beyond the arc.
"We're a new unit and we were trying to figure out who we were and I thought our guys settled in pretty quickly," said assistant coach Mike Dunlap. "We know we need to do a better job on the defensive end, but we were trying some different combinations. Overall, though, I was pleased with the first outing and I know that our players feel pretty good about all the work they've put in."
Up 11 at the break, St. John's stormed out of the gates in the second half as a Harkless fast break layup punctuated a 10-2 run that gave the Red Storm a 61-42 lead and forced the Pioneers to take a timeout at the 18:12 mark.
Following brief runs of 10-2 and 9-3, St. John's had jumped out to its largest lead of the game, a 36-point advantage, 93-57, at 7:25. The Pioneers chipped away, getting to within 22 points, but a Harkless jumper at the 2:19 mark saw St. John's pass the century mark and a Harrison 3-pointer with 37 seconds to play put the Red Storm back up by 31 points.
Achiuwa scored six of the Red Storm's first eight points and a fast break dunk by Lindsey gave St. John's a 10-6 lead at the 17:38 mark. The Pioneers were quick to answer with an 11-4 run of their own as a Vince Rosario 3-pointer gave C.W. Post a 17-16 lead with 13:45 remaining. A Lindsey jumper at the 13:15 mark, however, gave the Red Storm the lead for good, 18-17.
With the Red Storm leading 33-29, Greene splashed a pair of 3s and Achiuwa improved to 7-for-7 from field with a layup that capped a 9-0 run at 3:58. Greene added a 3-pointer, his third of the half, and St. John's went into halftime with a 51-40 lead on 65.7 percent (23-of-35) shooting from the floor.
St. John's concludes exhibition play on Tuesday, Nov. 1, hosting St. Mary's (Md.) at 7 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena.