Blue Demons Come Up Short at St. John's
March 2, 2014
NEW YORK – Trailing by 20 points with just over 14 minutes left in the game, DePaul made a furious rally, but was unable to overcome a sluggish first half in a 72-64 loss at St. John’s. The win for the Red Storm at Madison Square Garden evened the season series following the DePaul win on Jan. 14.
Two free throws by Sir’Dominic Pointer gave St. John’s (19-11, 9-8 BIG EAST) a 48-28 lead with 14:03 on the clock. A DeJuan Marrero bucket kickstarted a 26-9 run over the next 10 minutes that ended with a R.J. Curington three-pointer. Curington trifecta pulled DePaul with within 57-54 with just over four minutes left in the game.
The three-point deficit would be as close as DePaul (11-19, 3-14 BIG EAST) would get St. John’s combined to go 11-for-14 from the free throw line down the stretch for the 72-64 final score.
The Blue Demons started slow going just 9-for-29 (.310) in the first half and trailed, 33-21, at intermission. The 21 points were a season low and the fewest since the 2010-11 season for the first half.
Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 23 points, four assists and four steals while Billy Garrett Jr. added 12 points, four steals and three assists. St. John’s was led by 25 points and 10 rebounds from D’Angelo Harrison. The Red Storm thwarted DePaul’s rally late in the game with a couple of key blocked shots that were among 14 rejections on the afternoon.
DePaul returns to Allstate Arena for a Thursday night game against Butler. Start time in Rosemont is scheduled for 8 p.m. DePaul’s seniors will be recognized prior to the game against the Bulldogs.
Notes: The two teams split the season series... St. John’s leads the all-time series, 18-15... the 21-first-half points are the fewest in a first half since 21 at Cincinnati on Dec. 28, 2010... Brandon Young (1,840 pts.) moved past Tom Kleinschmidt (1,837 pts. 1991-95) for fifth on the all-time scoring list... his 23 points marked his 99th game in double-figures and 29th game of 20 or more points... Young’s four-point play in the second half was the first for DePaul since Jamee Crockett converted a made three-pointer and free throw against Marquette on Feb. 6, 2012.