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St. John’s Ups Their Game but Still Falls Short to Marquette in First Round of Big East Tournament

Federico Mussini drives to the basket against Marquette defenders during the first round of the Big East Tournament, March 9, 2016. (Photo by Wendell Cruz - Double G Media)

Federico Mussini drives to the basket against Marquette defenders during the first round of the Big East Tournament, March 9, 2016. (Photo by Wendell Cruz – Double G Media)

 

Last night, St. John’s played in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament, in the second game of the doubleheader, against Marquette at Madison Square Garden.

Although the 2015-16 campaign for the Red Storm came to an end with a 101-93 loss to the Golden Eagles, St. John’s showed everyone how far they have come throughout the season, almost beating Marquette.

The Red Storm came back from a 17-point deficit to go up one with only 3:15 left on the clock but Golden Eagles superstar player Henry Ellenson fought back with a 3-pointer and Marquette was holding on strong. Ellenson finished with a double-double, scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds.

A record was made for Christian Jones who had an outstanding career-high of 29 points, shooting 13-of-21 from the field for the Red Storm. Federico Mussini scored 15 points and made all six free-throw attempts, Durand Johnson put up 13 points and Malik Ellison added 10 points, making it St. John’s second-highest scoring performance of the season.

Marquette went right into the game with an early lead, shooting 63.0 percent in the first half. They had a 50-38 advantage at halftime. Helping the Golden Eagles was Haanif Cheatham who added 12 of his 19 points in the first 20 minutes.

With 11:46 left in the second half, after falling behind 75-58, the Red Storm used a 31-13 run within the next nine minutes to have a one point lead. Ron Mvouika put up the 3-pointer that would put St. John’s up 89-88. But just 15 seconds later, Ellenson fired back with a triple. Marquette sealed the win with eight of their final 10 points coming from the free-throw line.

Jajuan Johnson gave the Golden Eagles 23 points, while both Luke Fisher (10) and Duane Wilson (14), also scored double-figures.

Kayla Machlica

Kayla Machlica

Kayla is the St. John's basketball writer here at DoubleGSports.com.
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