St. John’s basketball dominates Georgetown in bounce-back win

The St. John's basketball logo on the team's shorts. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
The St. John's basketball logo on the team's shorts. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

70. 478. 53. 473. Final

St. John’s basketball dominates on the road in a rout of the Georgetown Hoyas. 

The St. John’s basketball team bounced back from their heartbreaking loss to Villanova on Monday night by dominating the Georgetown Hoyas in the nation’s capital.

The Red Storm (5-9, 2-7 Big East) controlled the game against Georgetown (1-6, 1-6 Big East) after a slow start in the first quarter after which they trailed 18-12.

After its poor offensive start, the Red Storm would flex their muscles in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Hoyas 39-21 in that span leading to a 70-53 win.

However, all game long it was the Leilani Correa show in the McDonough Arena as she had 20 of the Red Storm’s first 24 points and finished off with 35 points matching her career-high set against Delaware earlier in the season.

The concern for St. John’s will be replacing the production of senior and Preseason All-Big East selection Qadashah Hoppie as it was announced that the Red Storm guard will miss the remainder of the season due to shoulder surgery.

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The Staten Island, New York native was the second-leading scorer on the team behind Correa averaging 18.0 points per game this season.

For the time being, that question of replacing Hoppie’s production was answered as Kadaja Bailey had an impressive performance with a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds on the late afternoon.

The key for the Johnnies will be if Bailey, or someone else, can become a consistent secondary scorer behind Leilani Correa in this last month of the season.

The defense also stepped up for the Red Storm Wednesday afternoon as Georgetown shot only 32.3-percent from the field and 30.0-percent from three-point range.

St. John’s also forced Georgetown into 12 turnovers and had six blocks in the game.

Allowing only 53 points is the third-lowest amount of points an opponent has scored on the Red Storm this year which strikes in contrast from their last two games where they gave up 87 and 81 points, respectively.

St. John’s basketball will have a break in the schedule before going back out on the road

The Red Storm will have a six-day layoff in the schedule before they head to Storrs, Connecticut to take on the No. 3 Huskies (10-0, 8-0 Big East) on February 3.

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St. John’s saw its next scheduled contest  against Providence postponed due to coronavirus cases in the Friars program.

Tipoff between the Johnnies and UConn is scheduled for 6:30pm EST (SNY).