St. John’s Embarrasses Themselves on Carnesecca Arena Floor
Two hours before the start of the game St. John’s announced freshman point guard Rysheed Jordan would be out due to tonsillitis. The Red Storm and their roster depth had enough firepower to supplement the loss of Jordan to beat the Colonials but what they lacked was engagement. A combination of being sour about not making the NCAA Tournament and potentially the mindset that showing up was good enough to win combined to produce a dreadful way for the Johnnies to end their season and for their three seniors to end their college careers.
There is no excuse for the way St. John’s came out to play.
“We didn’t give an A-level effort,” St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said. “We got beat to the punch in every aspect of play.”
There are a lot of things the players on the team could not control but effort was not one of them. Prior to the game in my pregame article I noted that playing hard and hungry would be a key and that if they did not play this way they would be the second consecutive No. 1 seed to lose to Robert Morris in the NIT. They came out flat and disinterested as if the NIT was beneath them and showed the ESPNU TV audience that they correctly did not get a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Robert Morris has two offensive threats Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones. Against St. John’s they scored an astounding 63 points combined on 18-33 shooting and 15-24 from three point range. With a roster than only went eight deep and lacks size and depth the Johnnies couldn’t take advantage. St. John’s did not play aggressively on offense taking 37 three point attempts and only getting to the line 5 times while drawing 10 personal fouls. The final score was a respectable 89-78 in an otherwise embarrassing game that reflects poorly on the players and coaching staff.
In a season that developed slowly and never quite reached expectations Coach Lavin and his staff will have a lot to consider and improve upon as they begin to direct their energies towards recruiting and preparing for the 2014-15 season.
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