Game #19: St. John's 42, Georgetown 74: Hoyas Dog Out Weakening Storm

We scored more than St. Louis' low! 1-7 in Big East conference.

Lou Carnesecca left the game while giving an interview-- he saw a breakaway dunk, I think, and cut his conversation about the LAST time St. John's was worked over by Georgetown in 1982... this game was embarrassing. And at least that St. John's team won 20+ games, got to the tournament, and had players like Chris Mullin and Mark Jackson and Wennington hanging around. They played against Patrick Ewing! Last night's team made Vernon Macklin and Patrick Ewing (starting in place of injured DaJuan Summers) look like future all-pros.

The Hoya fans made much more noise than the Red Storm fans, who I think are at stage 4: depression.

St. John's players dejected

Last night, St. John’s suffered its worst loss margin in their Big East history, losing by 32 in a game that wasn’t that close until garbage time… which coincided with the beginning of the second half. Really, the game was over when St. John’s couldn’t find a field goal until 4:30 left in the first half. That’s 15:30 of basketball time before they scored from the field; they had three free throws before that. What was the score, 24-5? 31-5? (31-7) I was in a haze watching that game. St. John’s scored the second field goal, by the way, with :35 seconds left in the half.

Box score, st john's vs georgetown

Georgetown’s whole roster played, it seemed, with some tall walk-on named Bryon Jensen stroking a three-pointer at the end of the game. Everybody has their one liners ready:

NY Post:

The fans - and only an announced crowd of 9,924 showed up for last night's St. John's-Georgetown game at the Garden - don't even care enough to boo anymore.

Oh, there was a mock cheer when Justin Burrell banked in a jumper with 4:34 left in the first half. That was the Red Storm's first field goal and trimmed their deficit against the Hoyas to 31-7.
St. John's has lost six straight, matching its longest streak since 2005-06. The Red Storm had no player in double figures. Even worse, they had no players with floor burns.

Not true. Lots of floor burns, but no scoring.

NY Daily News:

"We didn't play very well and that's totally my fault," said an angry coach Norm Roberts, who for the second straight Garden game heard St. John's fans calling for his head. "It's totally my fault, the way the team played. We're going to play much harder. We're going to play much better. It's not the kids' fault. It's my fault.

"I take total blame for that game."

Roberts also was very adamant after last Wednesday's loss to Pitt when he said, "I chose this path," referring to his building of the program. One has to wonder if the mounting weight of the losses is beginning to fray his nerves.

The displeasure of the program's supporters is mounting and attendance at the Garden is sliding. According to one person familiar with his thinking, university president the Rev. Donald J. Harrington was thrilled at how well Roberts cleaned up the mess that was the St. John's program after the 2003-04 season, but he is growing concerned about the current direction of the program.

I hope that's true, and if so, it's about time. Though you can't trust this man to make a great hire...

Norm Roberts struggling, on hot seat?

Newsday:

Remarkably, the Hoyas' primary defensive weapon, 7-2 Roy Hibbert, was limited to seven minutes in the half because of foul trouble. He played a total of 19 minutes, scoring 11 points. His backup, 6-9 sophomore Vernon Macklin, led all scorers with a career-best 18 points.

The Hoyas, who won their previous two conference games by a combined three points, extended their lead to 53-14 by scoring the first dozen points of the second half before freshman guard Malik Boothe sank a breakaway layup and Mason followed with a floater in the lane, his first of three baskets.

Washington Times:

The last time Madison Square Garden witnessed such a beating Roy Jones Jr. was unloading combinations on Felix Trinidad.

Defensively, the Hoyas were merciless, seemingly contesting every pass, shot and dribble en route to holding the Red Storm to a 2-for-16 shooting performance in the decisive half. In fact, the Hoyas were so dominant defensively that the crowd of 9,924 fans took a break from booing long enough to roar sarcastically when St. John's forward Justin Burrell made the Red Storm's first field goal with 4:34 remaining in the half.

Georgetown Voice:

The Red Storm did not score their first field-goal until 4:34 were left in the first half, and they would only convert nine more in the entire game, finishing an abysmal 10-47 (21.3 percent) from the floor. St. John’s also committed 14 turnovers, never looking comfortable on offense and struggling to execute until the final buzzer. Their 42 points were the lowest total allowed by the Hoyas this year and only six more than the lowest score ever in the Big East, set by Boston College in 1988.

Washington Post:

St. John's (7-12, 1-7) came into the game having lost seven of its previous eight games, and was ranked near the bottom of the conference in several offensive categories. The New York Post, in Wednesday's editions, searched for "a reason to believe that St. John's can snap its five-game losing streak with a shocking upset of Georgetown" and offered up "Angelina Jolie was once married to Billy Bob Thornton" as hope.

But after five minutes, it was fairly apparent that the Red Storm wasn't going to pull off the upset. Burrell stumbled and fell twice before the game was a minute old, and point guard Eugene Lawrence -- the lone scholarship senior -- had trouble just keeping control of the ball.

ESPN’s game flow chart is hilarious:

ESPN Game Flow Chart

It didn’t even bother me. We all know this team is wildly flawed. I am going to get to that player-by-player analysis this weekend while I am on my way to or in New York. The competitive moments in this game came with Mike Cavataio on the floor, and when the team actually ran a little... more on that later.

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