Red Storm is for Real In UConn Rout posted by Richard Kagan
In New York City, college basketball always takes a back seat to the New York Knicks. This after all, a pro town. The sports fans here are concerned with NBA trophies, late playoff pushes, and the Stanley Cup. And, then there is St. John's basketball. St. John's has been a part of NYC sports for years. Since bubblegun was a penny, phone calls were a nickel, and water was water.
St. John's beat No. 9 ranked UConn last night at Madison Square Garden, and did it convincing fashion. The score was 89-72. For many years UConn would do that to SJU. But last night, the team came out leading by 4 points, then went on a big run, and took off, leaving the Huskies stunned in their wake. SJU guard Dwight Hardy scored 33 points, 12 in a sequence of 2 trey, and 2 3 pont plays of the more traditional way. He was as they say, "in a zone" where the basketball looked "bigger and bigger." That happens once in a while. It happened last night, On one play Hardy double-pumped and hit the shot for three. The partisan crowd erupted.
For a while, SJU held a 23 point lead, in the second half, and Conneticut Huskies coach Jim Calhoun looked motionless and perplexed on the bench. Afterwards he said the Red Storm took the Huskies out of their game. He looked taken out as well.
Kemba Walker, the All-American candidate looked all too human last night. He scored 15 points. About half of what he can score. The Red Storm were relentless last night, wreaking havoc on the defensive end, getting fast break points, and scoring in transition. The Red Storm held a 27-2 dominance in fast-break points. The Storm also out-rebounded UConn by 10. It was a second half rising, that captapulted the Storm into serious conversation about getting an NCAA bid. They've beaten 4 of the top 15 teams in the nation at MSG. Now they need to beat someone on the road. But when they are playing well, this is one dangerous team. They are quick, can run with anyone, and have guys who love to deny the ball. Oh, and they crash the boards. This team is 14-9 for the season, and 6-5 in the midst of a brutal Big East schedule. But the Johnnies are holding their own. Continue reading "Red Storm is for Real In UConn Rout"