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St. John's battles through 19 turnovers for first win at Hall since 98'

Not since the Days of Ron Artest(freshman year) and Fran Fraschilla had St. John's beaten Seton Hall on there floor. On an icy night in Newark in a Gym none of the current Johnnies had ever won in, and with D'angelo Harrison not attempting a three, St. John's committed 19 turnover's and yet found a way to escape with a victory. The building was so empty you could hear every boistrous fan brave enough to scream out and you could hear Lav yelling instructions to his players and them actually hearing him.

The first half was ugly with sloppy ball handling mistakes and intercepted passes being thrown like a casual game down at the Y. A closer look at the box score reveals four Johnnies in double figures with Jakarr adding 9 and Phil 8. Very close to the entire starting five scoring in double figures. Sophomore center Chris Obekpa has been the biggest and most unexpected surprise. He is big and long and we know he can defend, but when he puts the ball on the floor I don't always fear the worst like I do when Gift is in there. That little jump hook he showed us last night and his touch from short range are becoming a reason to get him more touches. Rysheed did a good job of feeding him the ball and got him some nice looks. Would of liked to see him dunk that last one and get a three point play but hey, he went 50% from the line and got his team the win.

All in all it was a sloppy game with runs back and forth where the Hall actually took 58 shots to St. John's 47. Seton Hall made 26 fg's 4/20 from three, while SJU made 25 fg's on 3/10 from three point range. St. John's could of easily lost this game, the difference was free throws. The hall was only able to go 11-18 from the charity stripe while the Storm was able to hit 15-18. This was a MONUMENTAL achievement on the road, in a cold empty gym on a night we easily could of lost. Obekpa was 2-4 from the line and Dom missed one attempt. Everybody else was perfect led by D'(money from the stripe)Harrison. Outstanding night from the free throw line on a night when everything just seemed a little off. Call it the weather, call it looking ahead to G'town to avenge a brutal beating, call it what you will but we'll simply call it a victory and move on. Nice job by Lavin getting Max Hooper back in the mix, that was a huge 3 he hit, he has some stroke...

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