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St. John's defeats NJIT, 77-58

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Strong defense propels St. John's to a opening night victory against NJIT.

Wendell Cruz

With a crowd of 4,703 on hand, the Red Storm left no doubt as to who would be walking away with a victory on opening night at Carnesecca Arena. Chris Obekpa and Sir`Dominic Pointer each posted a double-double to lead the Johnnies. Rysheed Jordan had a solid game as well contributing 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists, committing just one turnover in the process.

St. John's struggled to shoot from outside the arc hitting merely 12% of there attempts (2-16). This had little impact on the outcome, however, as they remained aggressive attacking the rim and getting to the line where they were 23-32 (72%).

Foul trouble led to big minutes off the bench for Jamal Branch and Myles Stewart. Branch seemed to be able to slow down the at times out of control offense and contributed three assists. Stewart failed to score going 0-3 from beyond the arc.

St. John's led by as many as 22 just over two minutes into the second half but a late charge by NJIT cut the lead to 12 with 9:36 remaining. The Red Storm would proceed to outscore there Highlanders 22-13 to close out the game.

The Johnnies have a quick turn-around with a 7:30 pm matchup on Monday 11/17 against Franklin Pierce. As always The Rumble will be here to bridge the gap, with coverage leading up to the game.