The Red Storm (11-7, 5-6 Big East) closed the month of January by winning four in a row and five of its last six overall. Included in that four-game stretch were three Big East road wins. Prior to this afternoon, the Red Storm had not registered a three-game winning streak on the road since topping Cincinnati, DePaul and Rutgers during the 2012-13 campaign.
The Johnnies have now matched their Big East regular season win total from all of last season in just 11 conference games.
The leading scorer in the Big East, Julian Champagnie led the way for St. John’s with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including a 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc.
Champagnie, who also grabbed a team-high seven boards, has reached double figures in all 16 of his appearances this season with seven 20-point efforts.
Posh Alexander finished with 15 points, three assists and a season-high six steals in 34 minutes of action. His half-dozen thefts are tied for the single-game high by a Big East player this year.
Dylan Addae-Wusu had six points and five boards in 20 minutes.
“They are growing up.,” caoch Mike Anderson said of his two freshman. “It looked like they were battle-tested and had been in the fire.When you talk about freshmen playing that way, it tells me they are getting better.”
As a team, St. John’s shot 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the three and went a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. The Johnnies also managed to out-rebound Marquette, 34-33, including a 13-12 margin on the offensive glass.
After allowing 86.2 points per game in their first six Big East games, the Johnnies have allowed no more than 73 in any of their last five conference contests.
The Johnnies will return to action on Wednesday, playing host to No. 3 Villanova at Carnesecca Arena. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
“We turn our attention to a team that could win it all, and we have a chance to play it at our place,” said Anderson. “It is the biggest game on our schedule.”
Big East Honors
For the second time in as many Mondays, Posh Alexander and Julian Champagnie have been recognized by the conference for their efforts in an undefeated week for the Red Storm.
Alexander has been named the league’s Freshman of the Week for the second time in as many tries and the third time overall this season, while Champagnie also earned an honor roll nod for the third time.
In a pair of Midwest road wins against DePaul and Marquette, Alexander averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.5 steals. The freshman guard shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Alexander currently sits sixth in the league overall, first among freshmen, in assists, while leading the Big East and ranking seventh nationally in steals.
Champagnie, the Big East’s leading scorer at 19.8 points per game, averaged 19.0 points and 6.5 rebounds this week, shooting 44.8 percent from the floor and a blistering 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range.