St. John’s basketball dropped by Stony Brook in first road game

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St. John’s basketball dropped its first game of the season against Stony Brook. 

After a convincing season opening victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday night, the St. John’s basketball team dropped its first game of the season on Sunday afternoon.

The Johnnies (1-1) went on the road to face Stony Brook (3-0), an NCAA Tournament team from a season ago.

St. John’s played even with the Seawolves, except in the second quarter with the Red Storm lost 20-8.

The final ten minutes of the first half proved to be the difference as Joe Tartamella’s squad fell, 72-60.

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Stony Brook led by as many as 21 in the fourth quarter as Anastasia Warren posted a game-high 19 points as two other Seawolves, Leighah-Amori Wool and India Pagan, were in double figures.

St. John’s star Leilani Correa posted 18 points and six rebounds on 7-of-22 shooting from the field and 1-of-7 from 3-point range.

Camree Clegg was the only other Johnnie to reach double-digits with 13 points as she was the only player in the starting rotation who did not have a negative +/- rating.

Emma Nolan and Sara Zabrecky were the only players who had a positive +/- rating who played at least more than eight minutes.

St. John’s basketball sees major shooting struggles

The Red Storm shot 31.0-percent from the field in its first loss of the season while only connecting on 26.9-percent from 3-point range and 64.3-percent from the free throw line.

On the other side, Stony Brook put on a shooting clinic making 60.0-percent of its shots from downtown and firing at a 42.6-percent clip from the floor.

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Tartamella remains six victories away from becoming the program’s all-time winningest head coach.

St. John’s will continue its two game road trip with a visit to Philadelphia as the Johnnies will take on the Temple Owls (1-1) at 7:00pm EST on ESPN+.

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