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St. John’s Losses to Incarnate Word

After coming off their biggest win of the season, defeating Syracuse at Madison Square Garden, the Johnnies fell to Incarnate Word in blowout fashion. Their three-game win streak came to end, with the 73-51 loss. This was the first home loss of the season for the Johnnies.

Durand Johnson continued to play well, as he led the team with 15 points and six rebounds. Yakuba Sima continues to show the league how great of a rim protector he is by adding four blocks to go along with 11 points. Mussini struggled only delivering seven points, which was his lowest point totals of the season.

For the Incarnate Word Cardinals, they were firing on all cylinders. They drained 11 3-pointers in this game, putting the game out of reach for St. John’s. Derail Green made five three pointers and came away with a game-high 24 points. Jontrell Walker added 20 points as well. The Cardinals shot 42% from the field and an impressive 14 out of 15 from the line. The Cardinals are now 4-5 on the season.

Chris Mullin said after the game, “I give all the credit to Incarnate Word for dictating tempo. They shot the ball great. They got 11 more shots than us so let’s give them credit. When you give a team confidence that’s what happens. I thought our initial posture and energy was not there tonight.”

The game was relatively close in the first half, as the Johnnies led by three with seven minutes left. However, the Cardinals put in 7 three pointers in the first half alone, and led 35-26 at the break. In the second half, the Johnnies pulled as within seven with 16 minutes left, but that was as close as they would get. The Cardinals shooting was too much to handle, as they led in double-digits for the rest of the game.

St. John’s will try to redeem themselves this Sunday, when they face NJIT. The game will air on St. John’s broadcast, FS1.

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