It was a tough night for the St. John’s basketball team in Bloomington.
The first measuring stick for the St. John’s basketball program has come and gone as the Johnnies (2-1) fell to the Indiana Hoosiers (3-0) on Wednesday night at Assembly Hall, 76-74.
St. John’s was overwhelmed in the first half by the atmosphere and bright lights as the Hoosiers dropped an avalanche on the Red Storm following the Flagrant 2 foul on Montez Mathis, which ejected him from the game.
Indiana led by 12 points at halftime.
However, Mike Anderson and his team regrouped at halftime to tie the game on multiple occasions in the second half but a game winning shot attempt by Julian Champagnie missed after a chaotic final ten seconds.
The Johnnies previously dumped Mississippi Valley State and St. Peter’s this season before its trip to Indiana and there is only one true test left for the Red Storm in its non-conference schedule, a December 3 home game against No. 3 Kansas.
Wednesday’s game was the first true road game for the freshmen and sophomores on this St. John’s team as the Red Storm did not play in front of a capacity crowed last season due to coronavirus protocols.
St. John’s basketball feeling confident despite first loss
As disappointing of a result that Wednesday night was, St. John’s is still feeling confident about the remainder of its season as the program was picked to finish fourth in the Big East Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
Forwards Julian Champagnie and O’mar Stanley took to Twitter immediately after the game to show their excitement for the rest of the season.
Head coach Mike Anderson and sophomore guard Posh Alexander also took to social media on Thursday morning to share their thoughts on the loss:
Every game is a teaching experience and here are five things that were learned in St. John’s loss to Indiana.