St. John’s basketball begins postseason against cross-river rival

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St. John’s basketball No. 3 Key to Victory – Bench Production

It’ll be interesting to see who Mike Anderson moves from the starting lineup to the bench on Thursday afternoon with Posh Alexander back from his injury.

Alexander has started in every game that he’s played this season and it was Greg Williams Jr. who was inserted into the starting lineup after the freshman point guard’s injury.

Williams Jr. was a starter this season until his injury which sent Vince Cole into the starting lineup.

Regardless of who comes off the bench for the Johnnies, the reserve until will need to be as sharp as usual against Seton Hall.

The St. John’s bench scored 33 points against the Pirates in its second matchup, 26 coming from the duo of Marcellus Earlington and Dylan Addae-Wusu.

Those two players will be critical to the success of the Johnnies as well as the front-court duo of Josh Roberts and Isiah Moore.

Red-shirt freshman point guard John McGriff has been a revelation on the defensive end of the floor in St. John’s last two games without Alexander and it will be interesting to see if Anderson continues to give him minutes with his star guard back.

Seton Hall only played eight players against St. John’s with its bench scoring a total of 16 points.

Fatigue certainly could be a factor in the second half and St. John’s should have the advantage over the Pirates with its deep bench.