As comfortable as the St. John's Red Storm have felt on their home court in Madison Square Garden, they have felt equally out of place on the road. That all may be changing.
With their second consecutive road victory, and third straight overall, the Red Storm have proven that they can take their Garden magic on the road. After a fast paced, up and down first half, the Johnnies separated themselves from the Golden Eagles with 10 minutes left and never relinquished the lead.
The Red Storm was led by Dwight Hardy, who once again filled up the stat sheet with 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. The team's harassing defense wreaked havoc on Marquette, with the Golden Eagles turning the ball over 18 times.
Marquette, teetering on the NCAA tournament bubble, needed this win to bolster their tournament resume. Jimmy Butler led the scoring for Marquette with 23 points, but couldn't keep the ball from the pesky St. John's defenders.
Malik Boothe, who has shined since accepting his role as the 6th man, provided a spark off the bench, dishing out six assists and swiping three steals. The swarming Storm had 13 steals in total, leading to 21 fast break points.
More impressive was St. John's half court offense, which has struggled at times this year to consistently find ways to score. The offense flowed beautifully in the second half, with crisp passes finding timely cutters. The Red Storm finished with 38 points in the paint.
Up next for St. Johns is a home date at MSG against Pittsburgh. With a tournament berth all but locked up, the Johnnies will hope the Garden can spark another upset.
For now, it's nice to know that they can excel away from MSG.
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