November 15, 2007
Breakdown: Red Storm wins opener
The Red Storm notched a win in their season opener Wednesday night by defeating St. Francis 72-64 at Carnesecca Arena. In a game that went back and forth and saw the Terriers tie the score in the second half, the Red Storm received some help from unlikely sources.
Freshman D.J. Kennedy played well and sophomore Larry Wright looked like an All-Big East player.
There will definitely be some areas needing improvement as the early portion of the schedule proceeds.
What went wrong
- In the first half the Red Storm soared to a double digit lead before seeing the Terriers come back and cut the margin to three a halftime. St. John's will need to develop more of a killer instinct in games it jumps out to a big early lead.
- St. Francis ended up winning the rebounding battle, and the Red Storm will have to become more aggressive on the boards. The Terriers outrebounded St. John's 39-35. While that might not be a wide margin, St. Francis plays a small lineup. Red Storm have size with Burrell, Kennedy, Jasiulionis, Coker and even the guards. They should not be outrebounded by such a smaller team.
- While St. John's is not a prolofic three point shooting team, shooting under 20 percent from behind the arc is not a good number.
What went right
- The freshman proved they could handle first game jitters. They all contributed with D.J. Kennedy and Justin Burrell getting the start and Paris Horne and Malik Boothe both seeing 20+ minutes. This should only increase their confidence as the season progresses.
- St. John's showed good poise. When the Terriers kept clawing back, the Red Storm didn't get rattled and showed they could handle adverse situations. That can help in the future on the road at a tough arena.
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