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Morning media afterglow - #23 St. John's crushes DePaul 76-51

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Again, a well-done win by the Red Storm. You've read the Rumble in the Garden recap of the Red Storm's win. But what are the rest of the media saying?

Red Storm Sports: No. 23/25 St. John's Cruises Past DePaul, 76-51
The No. 23/25 Red Storm was playing its first game as a ranked team in more than 10 years and it was against DePaul, a team that has managed just one BIG EAST win this season.

That is the perfect description of what are called trap games. But Dwight Hardy continued his scoring streak with 21 points and St. John's dominated the Blue Demons throughout a 76-51 victory Wednesday night.

ESPN NY: Playing its first game as a ranked team this season, St. John's passed the test against DePaul | (Video highlights)
"They showed no signs of a let-up tonight," said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell, whose team was actually coming off a win over Providence, followed by a two-point overtime loss to Villanova. "That zone defense had a lot to do with it -- that's probably the best zone that we've seen all year long. And they're playing with a lot of confidence offensively."

This game was over early, as St. John's built a 15-point halftime lead, and doubled the margin to 30, 61-31, with more than 10 minutes remaining. The Red Storm outscored the Blue Demons 42-18 in the paint, 19-0 on the fast break, and limited them to just 30.9 percent shooting from the field (17-for-55).

Johnny Jungle: Exorcising The Demons
Playing the 500th game in Carnesecca’s illustrious history, and the first as a ranked team since November of 2000 amid being overshadowed in the local media due to the Knicks’ acquisition of Carmelo Anthony, the No. 23 Red Storm (18-9, 10-5 in the Big East) picked up right where they left off against fourth-ranked Pittsburgh last Saturday with a 76-51 victory over DePaul (7-20, 1-14). The win assured St. John’s of finishing above .500 in the Big East for the first time since the 2001-02 season, which is coincidentally the last year in which the Red Storm advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Chicago College Basketball: St. John's defense chokes DePaul
The 51 points in 67 possessions works out to an offensive efficiency of 76.1 points per 100 possessions. That's the second worst rate the Blue Demons have put up in conference play, and the third worst this season.

DePaul's defense against St. John's actually wasn't that bad. The Red Storm finished with an efficiency of 108.6. That's better than all but four Big East games this season. In fact, when the Blue Demons have played defense at that level they've typically been in the game.

NY Daily News: No. 23 St. John's routs Big East basement dwellar DePaul in first game with national ranking
If the Johnnies keep this level of play up, they could put themselves in primo position for the conference tournament. Their win and Georgetown's home loss to Cincinnati leaves St. John's in a third-place tie. The top four teams earn a double-bye into the conference quarterfinals.

The Red Storm (18-9, 10-5) picked up its seventh win in eight games by dominating the Demons (7-20, 1-14) in every facet of the game.

NY Post: Hardy leads St. John's to easy win over DePaul -
"He reminds me of Boo Harvey or Marcus Hatten," [Lou] Carnesecca told The Post. "He really shows no fear. He takes good shots. And he always seems to be in control."

Such was the case last night. Hardy was in control, scoring a game-high 21 points in the Red Storm's 76-51 victory they controlled from start to finish. He made 8-of-13 shots, grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists in 31 minutes.... It's time to re-open the Player of the Year conversation. Kemba Walker clearly deserved it after the first third of the season. Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough deserves credit for lifting the Irish midway through the season.

The Epoch Times: Newly Ranked St. John’s Routs Last Place DePaul
Another positive for St. John’s was the play of freshman forward Dwayne Polee Jr. The 6-foot-7-inch super-athletic kid from Los Angeles made several great defensive plays. He was credited with three blocked shots and he altered another.

But his dunk off an alley-oop pass from Malik Boothe with 12:45 remaining brought the crowd to its feet and gave fans a taste of what to expect from the senior-laden team in the years to come.