St. John’s falls to Seton Hall in dismal loss as disappointing season continues

St. John’s falls to Seton Hall in dismal loss as disappointing season continues

St. John’s was ultimately supposed to look down on local rival Seton Hall. The Red Storm entered the season on highly regarded transfers, one of the Big East’s best returning players and an established manager.

This, of course, was only on paper. The reality was another story. The Red Storm didn’t look like the group this season that was supposed to compete for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Their disappointing play continued on Wednesday night, as the Pirates’ push under first-year coach Shaheen Holloway took another step forward.

St. John’s blew a 13-point first-half lead and were overwhelmed in the final 10 minutes in a dismal 84-72 loss to 4,977 at Carnesecca Arena, casting further doubt on the future of coach Mike Anderson at school.

One of those aforementioned transfers, Andre Curbelo, was sent off early in the second half after being penalized with back-to-back technical fouls. And Red Storm point guard Posh Alexander was outplayed by fellow Brooklyn native Kadary Richmond of the Pirates.

Kadary Richmond, who scored 15 points, goes up for a shot as AJ Storr defends in St. John’s 84-72 loss to Seton Hall. Robert Sabo for the NY Post

“I just think we haven’t really come together and played at the level that you need to play on a regular basis,” Anderson said. “We just didn’t play the type of basketball I want us to play, to put it bluntly.”

Three days after St. John’s (14-9, 4-8) narrowly escaped what would have been a disastrous home loss to abysmal Georgetown, they were back on a losing streak, falling short again at do the little things. The Red Storm committed 17 turnovers which led to 28 points at Seton Hall, missed 10 free throws and were hammered in the paint, 42-32, by the smaller Pirates.

Anderson criticized his team’s inability to limit turnovers and manage the Seton Hall area. The decision-making, he said a few times, was not up to par. The Red Storms were too often unruly and disorganized at both ends of the field, outplayed by the much more patient Pirates (14-9, 7-5), who edged St. John’s by 25 points in the last 24 of the game: 19 The Pirates had 52 points after halftime on a solid 56.3% shot.

Seton Hall guard Al-Amir Dawes, who scored a game-high 21 points, shoots Posh Alexander in the loss to St. John’s.Robert Sabo for NY POST

“You’ve got to be able to defend, you’ve got to be able to shoot, you’ve got to be able to make free throws, and you’ve got to take advantage of the momentum when you get it,” Anderson said after his team went down. to one. game out of 10th place in the Big East and lost for the third time in four games.

AJ Storr led St. John’s with 15 points, Alexander had 13 and David Jones scored 11. Joel Soriano’s recent battles continued in a 2-on-8 shooting performance that he called “sweet “.

Al-Amir Dawes scored 21 points and Richmond had 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead Seton Hall. The Pirates have now won seven of nine games in a streak that began with a dominating win in Newark over St. John’s. In fact, the Pirates’ two best scores this season, 88 and 84 points, came against the Red Storm.

Dylan Addae-Wusu reacts after a 3-point shot in the first half as St. John’s lost Robert Sabo for NY POST

After Storr hit two free throws with 4:19 left in the first half, St. John’s led by 13 points. Seton Hall, however, scored 22 of the next 27 points going forward. A few possessions later, emotions ran high between the two teams. After a lay-up made, Curbelo and the Pirates’ KC Ndefo received a double technique for scrambling. Curbelo then received a second for boosting his glasses with 1:35 to go and St. John’s has two.

That initially seemed to galvanize St. John’s, who scored seven of the next nine points to earn seven points. But, in this frustrating season where so little went right, that didn’t last long. Seton Hall’s counter-hit featured the Red Storm, sending them to another demoralizing defeat.

“Obviously we had a situation that happened, the starting guard, and now he’s offside. You have to have someone else step in, and we haven’t answered the call. “Anderson said. “That falls on me as the head coach. It starts with me.

Sophomore Rafael Pinzon (ankle) remained out for St. John’s. Seton Hall was without junior winger Dre Davis (ankle).

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