On a rainy and cold Tuesday night from Carnesecca Arena, the St. John's Red Storm toppled the Niagara Purple Eagles by a final of 70-57.
Leading the way for the Johnnies was D'Angelo Harrison who would finish the night with 16 points and nine rebounds. His ability was on display early, pouring in 11 points by the half. Helping him out was Jamal Branch, who would finish with an efficient 12 points, shooting 5-for-6 from the field and chipping in six assists.
Long Island's own Emile Blackman was the catalyst for Niagara, leading all scorers with 21 points. Were it not for his efforts, the Purple Eagles wouldn't have had much of a chance at all.
Despite leading 35-24 at the break, Niagara would cut the lead down to as close as one in the second half, at 46-45 nearly halfway through the second half. Following the insertion of the starting lineup back into the fold, the Johnnies would methodically pull away.
It was Sir'Dominic Pointer's dunk on a breakaway with 6:35 remaining that put the Red Storm ahead by eight and effectively put Niagara on ice. The true dagger came with 4:37 to play when Rysheed Jordan nailed his first bucket of the night, a three-pointer from the elbow that put the game out of reach of even the soaring Eagles.
There is no doubt the game was sloppy, but eventually the Johnnies flexed their muscles and dispatched of the feisty Niagara squad to move to 5-1 on the season. Their next contest will be a collision with the Syracuse Orange on Saturday.