St. John’s basketball rallies from double digit deficit to defeat Temple

St. John's basketball forward Kadaja Bailey (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
St. John's basketball forward Kadaja Bailey (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

A lesson was learned from St. John’s basketball as the Johnnies rallied to defeat Temple.  

As a head coach you always hope your team learns from each game, specifically losses, and that is what happened for the St. John’s basketball team last night in Philadelphia.

After a 12-point road loss to Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon, the Johnnies wrapped up its two-game road trip against Temple looking to push its record back over .500 on the season.

The Seawolves used a 20-8 run in the second quarter to take an 11-point lead in to halftime and Wednesday night was similar.

Temple used a 13-0 run in the second quarter to ballon its lead to as many as 12, 26-14, before the Red Storm began to chip away and go into the break down by five, 43-38.

St. John’s carried its momentum from the end of the second quarter into the second half, eventually pulling away to victory, 76-67.

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The Johnnies outscored Temple 23-11 in the fourth quarter behind a combined 19 points in the final ten minutes from Danielle Patterson and Kadaja Bailey.

Bailey led the team with 24 points and eight rebounds on 6-of-17 shooting, 4-of-8 from 3-point territory.

Patterson, Unique Drake, Leilani Correa, and Danielle Cosgrove all reached double figures for the Johnnies in its victory.

St. John’s had its hands-full with the Temple dynamic duo of Alexa Williamson and Mia Davis, who combined for 44 points and 29 rebounds.

The Owls out-rebounded the Red Storm, 50-43, but the Johnnies, without Rayven Pepples who will be sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury, battled on the backboards behind Bailey’s eight rebounds and seven rebounds from Emma Nolan.

St. John’s basketball looking to head to Florida on a winning streak

The Red Storm will return to Queens for a matchup against Yale on Sunday afternoon before heading back on the road for a trip to Florida.

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St. John’s will compete in the Gulf Coast Showcase where the Johnnies will play three games and its first will be against Penn State beginning on Friday, November 26.

South Dakota State, UMass, UCLA, Kent State, Iowa State, and Charlotte round out the tournament field.

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