Newark, NJ—-After losing two games in row Xavier by three and getting handled by Marquette by 14 points, the Pirates look to redeem themselves against Big East rival St. John’s. Seton Hall knows it will be a tall glass of water to fill and they filled it with ease.
The Pirates trails the all-time series with the Johnnies, 46-62, but the all-time series in Big East regular competition is knotted at 36 apiece.
Seton Hall have won 12 of the last 17 contests in the series dating back to 2014-15
Al-Amir Dawes led the way for the Hall with 22 points and three assists. Kadary Richmond chipped in 19 points and six assists for the Pirates. In addition, Tyrese Samuel can up big in the paint defending Joel Soriano finished the game with 16 points.
Seton Hall (8-7) beat St. John’s (11-4) 88-66 on Saturday in front of 10,481 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. SHU left it all on the court against the Red Storm.
St. John’s came out of the gate with a 9-0 spurt. Andre Curbelo got it going early for the Red Storm. Joel Soriano dominated the paint which helped Jones and company to penetrate the lanes, St. John’s built a 23-13 lead at 9:43 mark in the first half.
Seton Hall settled down defensively, ran the Johnnies off the baseline and trapped the weakside caught the Red Storm standing around without any help.
The Hall went on 22-8 run of their own and took a 42-37 lead into the break with Al-Amir Dawes leading the way with 12 points and two assists.
In the first half, the Pirates shot 46.9% (15-32) from the floor and 42.9% (6-14) from beyond the arc. SHU dominated the paint in that half scoring 26 points on the blocks and played inspired defense making the Johnnies turn the ball over 10 times.
The Red Storm shot 47.1% (16-34) from the hardwood and a dismal 37.5% (3-8) from downtown in the first half, St. John’s shooting woes was due to the Pirates guarding the wings extremely tight and made it difficult for them to shoot over their length.
In the second half, the Pirates kept their feet on the gas pedal and the Red Storm never got closer than 15 points in the second half.
Joel Soriano scored 23 points and 11 boards posting his 13th double-double in 15 games for St. John’s. David Jones chipped in 12 points and Andre Cubelo had 10 as the Johnnies lost their third straight game.
This is the 109th time both teams met in the series history. The series began in 1909 and the programs have competed every season since 1963-64 campaign. The Red Storm beat SHU 84-63 at Walsh Gymnasium in its last meeting with the Pirates on Jan. 24, 2022.
Seton Hall will head on the road to face Creighton on Tuesday, Jan 3rd for an 8:30 p.m. showdown on FS1.
St. John’s plays home to No. 22 Xavier on Tuesday.