The St. John’s Red Storm recovered from the loss to BYU with a resounding win over the Stony Brook Seawolves by the score of 89-66.
There was a point in the first half where it was hard not to think about the idea of an upset by Stony Brook over the Seawolves. The ball movement was stilted, the team gave away possessions, and found themselves down 7-2 before Julian Champagnie’s corner jumper.
By the middle of the half, it looked like Stony Brook’s Juan Felix Rodriguez was about to take over with his scoring and passing; the Seawolves led by as many as six points. But the Red Storm found the rhythm behind Greg Williams, Jr. Williams, who had already had a couple of steals, hit a long jumper, a floater, and got the Johnnies on their way.
The Red Storm as a whole was more composed — and Williams was there, open for the better passes and the good ball movement. His 11 points paced a 22-2 run to end the half. The Johnnies added eight more at the beginning of the second half and their lead ranged from 17 to 25 points.
Williams finished with 21 points, six steals and three assists. Julian Champagnie, who paced the team early, had 16 points and three assists. Isaih Moore had 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
St. John’s forced 29 turnovers.
- John McGriff made some nice plays, moving the ball and being annoying on defense, especially in the late first half run. He had five points and four assists, sharing the team lead in assist with Williams, Dylan Addae-Wusu, Posh Alexander and Julian Champagnie.
- Arnaldo Toro picked up three fouls in the middle of the first half. He ended with seven points, three rebounds and three steals in 10 minutes.
- Walk-on Artmios Gavalas got into the game late.