St. John’s sprinted out of the gate to take an early lead and never looked back. The veteran laden Cougars fell victim to Lavin’s “Quick Sand” zone which was extended to 94 feet.
The Red Storm dominated all facets of the game from start to finish beating the Cougars (1-1, 0-0) 64-53. The 2-0 Red Storm were led by D’Angelo Harrison who scored a game high 21 points.
“We were much more calm out there,” said Harrison.
As they should be as the Red Storm led by as much as 20 points in the first half. The Red Storm will advance to the next round of the Charleston classic to face Murray State.
While Coach Steve Lavin is excited by the athleticism of his team, it’s the way the Johnnies are playing that may be shocking this early in the season.
“They not only showed athleticism and quickness but smart basketball, too,” Lavin emphasized.
For the second straight game both Phil Greene, newly dubbed PG-IV, and Amir Garrett scored in double figures along with Harrison. Garrett finished with 11 while Greene added 10.
Coach Lavin is happy to get his first road win of the season but knows the excitement is short lived.
“We will have to recalibrate and get ready for another tough opponent tomorrow night.”
Check back tomorrow for the preview on the Red Storm’s next game against Murray State.