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Friday, November 15, 2013
Rapid Reaction: St. John's 73, Wagner 57

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- A few quick thoughts on St. John's 73-57 win over Wagner on Friday evening at Carnesecca Arena:

What it means: St. John's picks up its first win of the season, in its home opener. The Red Storm looked great in the first half, less so in the second half. But Wagner isn't a walkover -- the Seahawks were picked to win the Northeast Conference in the NEC preseason coaches poll.


The turning point: St. John's jumped on Wagner early, leading by double figures less than midway through the first half. D'Angelo Harrison poured in 14 points before intermission. The Red Storm led by as many as 18, and led 36-22 at halftime.

Wagner cut the deficit all the way down to six, 60-54, on a Jay Harris trey with 3:45 remaining. But then Orlando Sanchez knocked down a pair of free throws, and Sir'Dominic Pointer scored on a follow-up jam to push the lead back to 10. The Red Storm finished the Seahawks off from there.

Star watch: Harrison finished with a game-high 25 points -- his 26th career 20-point game at St. John's. He was 7-for-16 from the field, and 11-for-11 from the foul line. JaKarr Sampson chipped in 13, and Pointer added 10. Freshman Rysheed Jordan went scoreless, shooting 0-for-7 in 17 minutes.

Latif Rivers led Wagner with 18 points.

Number crunch: St. John's shot 0-for-10 from 3-point range. But the Red Storm cleaned up at the charity stripe, making 29 of 36. Wagner had just nine free throw attempts, sinking six.

What's next: St. John's hosts Bucknell, Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., at Carnesecca Arena.