St. John’s has handled DePaul well over the years, which is a good thing considering the current situation the Johnnies find themselves in, seeking their first Big East win and needing a run to get back into NCAA Tournament contention.
The Red Storm are in Chicago tonight at the cavernous Allstate Arena as they seek to end a three-game losing streak to start conference play. DePaul is on the schedule at the right time as St. John’s owns an eight-game winning streak dating back to the 2008-2009 season.
But be warned! The last four games in this series have been decided by 9 points or less.
The schools have played some fairly entertaining games in recent years, but St. John’s has had trouble putting away a DePaul program that didn’t do much of anything in the old Big East after coming over from Conference USA. One of those games includes an overtime thriller from last season.
Overall, the Johnnies own the series since 1980 with a 15-9 advantage.
January 30, 2013: St. John’s 79, DePaul 72 (OT)
Both teams were dreadful shooting from the field, but D’Angelo Harrison’s 17 points helped propel St. John’s to their fifth-straight win in this overtime game at Alumni Hall. It was the second time St. John’s beat DePaul in a couple of weeks.
The Johnnies shot just 39% from the field. DePaul was a little worse at 35%. But it was the 3-pointer that made the difference at St. John’s was 6-for-12 from beyond the arc.
Brandon Young scored a game-high 21 points for the Blue Demons, who dropped their fifth-straight game. Phil Greene added 13 points for St. John’s while Sir’Dominic Pointer chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the season against the Blue Demons.
Chris Obekpa finished with five blocks.
January 13, 2013: St. John’s 71, DePaul 62
Jamal Branch scored a career-high 18 points as St. John’s beat DePaul for their second straight win. The Johnnies were coming off a big win against No. 20 Notre Dame.
Harrison added 15 points. Pointer had 14 points and 11 rebounds. JaKaar Sampson added 10 points.
Jamee Crockett scored a team-high 19 points for DePaul. He helped spark a comeback in the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers, but St. John’s made their free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
February 20, 2012: St. John’s 79, DePaul 72
St. John’s completed another season sweep of DePaul as Harrison scored 23 points in the win. But it was Amir Garrett who really had everyone talking after this game.
Garrett, the Cincinnati Reds baseball prospect, had season-highs with 18 points and nine rebounds. Moe Harkless added 14 points.
St. John’s only made two field goals over the last five minutes of the game, but managed to hit 10-of-12 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
February 1, 2012: St. John’s 87, DePaul 81
Even with Harrison scoring 29 points, including 7 3-pointers, St. John’s had to fight in this game en route to a comeback win over DePaul.
The Blue Demons led by double-digits at one point in the first half before St. John’s got to within 31-30 heading into halftime. DePaul also let an eight-point lead get away from them in the second half.
Five different players scored in double figures for St. John’s. God'sgift Achiuwa scored 15 points.
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