From the tip, St. John’s dismantled the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks 85-64 while giving the Red Storm fans a window into the development of the freshmen.
St. John’s started on a 9-0 run before the Hawks scored their first bucket, and the Red Storm proceeded to put on a ball movement clinic.
St. John’s played with a concentrated effort to create open shots via ball movement in the first half.
While UMES was unable to capitalize on a handful of careless passes, the Red Storm accumulated 13 assists on 18 made field goals in the first half.
Additionally, the ball movement helped the Red Storm have 8 players score in the first half.
Notably in the first half, LJ Figueroa had an efficient 16 points (6/10 FG, 4/5 3PT), and Shamorie Ponds had more assists (5) than points (2).
Defensively, the Red Storm held the outmatched Hawks to 28 points off 11 of 32 from the floor.
Possibly in anticipation of a blowout, Coach Mullin put Greg Williams Jr. on the floor for 4 minutes in the first half. Williams had 1 point in the span. Williams appeared more conformable in the offense than he did the last time he scored (2 points in 12 minutes against Loyola (MD)).
As a result of the ball movement and effective perimeter shooting (11 of 21 from three), St. John’s went into halftime up 52-28.
Coach Mullin brought back out his starters for the beginning of the second half in an effort to solidy the win early.
After Marvin Clark II picked up his 4th foul early in the second half, one of the other freshmen, Josh Roberts, checked into the game. Offensively, Roberts was limited to the confines of the paint, but defensively he played with considerable intensity while contesting every shot and pass in the paint.
Just before the 12-minute media timeout, UMES went on a 9-0 run to cut, eventually cutting St. John’s lead to 15. However, the Red Storm responded with a 8-0 run of their own to get the lead back to 23.
With just under three minutes remaining, Coach Mullin put in the third freshman, Marcellus Earlington. Earlington connect on 1 of his 2 FG attempts and competed on the defensive end.
The Red Storm put in the walk-ons, Justin Cole and Jay Camus, in for the final two minutes eventually winning 85-64.
St. John’s Red Storm
LJ Figueroa: 25 Points (10/17 FG, 4/7 3PT), 13 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 3 Turnovers
Mustapha Heron: 20 Points (6/15 FG, 2/7 3PT), 9 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 4 Turnovers
Mikey Dixon: 14 Points (5/8 FG, 4/7 3PT), 3 Rebounds, 4 Assists
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks
Ryan Andino: 24 Points (8/17 FG, 8/15 3PT), 8 Rebounds, 1 Turnover
Tyler Jones: 18 Points (8/14 FG, 1/2 3PT), 2 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 3 Turnovers