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Robert Morris 89 St. John's 78: The efficiency grades are in

The season is in the books. St. John’s went down in defeat at the hands of Robert Morris 89-78 on Tuesday. The first round NIT game at Carnesecca Arena saw the eighth seeded Colonials upset the top seeded Red Storm. Almost a year to the day, Robert Morris knocked off top seed Kentucky in the NIT’s opening round. The efficiency numbers for the Red Storm finishing at 20-13. Again, only those logging ten or more minutes are figured.

Efficiency

J. Branch

20

M. Hooper

18

O. Sanchez

17

J. Sampson

13

D. Harrison

6

M. Bourgault

6

P. Greene IV

1

C. Obekpa

1

St. John’s figured the best way to attack the zone was shoot threes. NBA2K14 style. It didn’t work. The Storm shot 18 of 37 (43%) from downtown. Following a 1 of 14 (7%)from two point range the first half, St. John’s was much better the final twenty minutes finishing 13 of 41(32%) from two. Shooting threes also lent a low FT rate of 6%. The Red Storm attempted only five free throws as coach Andy Toole’s were not about to foul perimeter shooters.

Individually: Harrison was hampered by 3 of 13 shooting. He was 3 of 6 from three and zero for seven from two. Sanchez shot 4 of 7 with a team high 8 rebounds. Branch was a solid 8 of 14 from the field with only one turnover. Greene IV shot 1 of 10 from the field. Sampson and Obekpa were the only players in this group not attempting a three. Sampson was 5 of 12 from the field adding 5 boards.

The offense was too three point oriented. A late run made it interesting but it was too little too late. A bright side, the TO rate was only 7.8%. An excellent mark.


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