After a huge victory over the weekend against Xavier that pushed their winning streak in the conference to three games, the St. John's Red Storm were unable to continue their winning ways on the road in the nation's capital on Tuesday night, as they were dominated by the Georgetown Hoyas in a 79-57 blowout.
The split week now has the Red Storm at 17-9 overall and 6-7 in the Big East as they still sit on the NCAA Tournament bubble with five games left to play in the season.
The high-scorer on the week for the Red Storm was Sir`Dominic Pointer, who dropped in 24 points on 9-10 shooting from the field and added five rebounds and four steals on Saturday against Xavier. Pointer scored another 16 in Tuesday's loss to Georgetown, and although he was able to grab down a team-high eight rebounds, the Johnnies were dominated on the boards throughout the night, as they were out-rebounded 43-33.
Pointer has been one of the few constants on a team that has faced a good deal of adversity from both injuries and suspensions so far this season.
But the one thing that must be on the minds of all Red Storm fans today is the health status of both D`Angelo Harrison and Chris Obekpa. Harrison injured his calf late in the first half in the win over Xavier, and he would go on to score just five points in the second half of that game before not making a shot from the field in a disappointing performance in the Verizon Center on Tuesday night.
It appeared that Harrison had just began to recover from the calf injury that he had been battling for nearly a month with his stellar shooting in the past few games, but now his status is certainly in question going into the season's stretch run.
Obekpa was able to score four points in just 13 minutes against Georgetown on Tuesday, however he was able to grab only two rebounds in that time on the court as well.
Tuesday marked the fourth straight game that Obekpa has failed to grab more than five rebounds, and similar to Harrison, the Red Storm will need him to be at 100 percent for the season's final five games if they plan on making a run into the NCAA Tournament.
Rysheed Jordan also had a pair of very tough games this week, as he combined to shoot just 4-14 combined from the field and had eight turnovers with only four assists.
Although he did hit a huge 3-pointer late in the Xavier game that helped the Red Storm pull away down the stretch, he was a total non-factor in Tuesday night's game and will need to improve his play in what could be his final few games in a Red Storm uniform.
With a 17-9 record and now sitting in a tie for sixth place in the Big East with a 6-7 conference record, this next week will see the Red Storm return home on Saturday afternoon to face the struggling Seton Hall Pirates before they take on Xavier next Tuesday.
With Seton Hall having lost five straight games and seeing their season falling into a tailspin, one would have to think that Saturday's game against the Pirates is an absolute must-win for St. John's.