Despite a 19-point effort from former St. John’s guard Marcus Hatten, it was Team FOE’s night from as the fourth seeded FOE upset the top seeded Untouchables Thursday night in Brooklyn during the Super 16 of The Basketball Tournament.
Team FOE, with Sean Evans, a 2011 grad of St. John’s, got production from everyone, with five players in double figures and all 10 players on the roster getting on the scoresheet. The bench production was the difference in the game with FOE’s bench outscoring the opponent 31-8.
FOE was led by former Villanova star Maalik Wayns who scored 17, while the other St. John’s alum in the game Sean Evans chipped in 10 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
The game was in the balance for the entire first half, but a 27-8 second half run from the underdogs brought them one step closer to the grand prize of $2 million.
A major reason for that run in the second half was FOE’s lights-out shooting in the second half. After shooting only 35% in the first half, FOE was able to increase that to exactly 50%.
Hatten led the team with his 19 points, and was one of the team’s best scorers, averaging 20 points in the team’s three games.
FOE will be in action again in Brooklyn on July 23rd in the regional championship game. They’ll be taking on the third seeded team Boeheim’s Army, which consists of Syracuse alumni. Boeheim’s Army eliminated D’Angelo Harrison and Gaelnation in the second round of the tournament.