St. John’s basketball: 3 takeaways from dominant victory over DePaul

St. John's basketball players Esahia Nyiwe and Stef Smith (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
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The St. John’s basketball team was dominant in its victory over DePaul. 

It was a game in which many did not know what to expect as the St. John’s basketball team played DePaul in the Big East Tournament.

The Blue Demons had just hung 99 points in a victory over the Johnnies two weeks ago and had been playing well down the stretch of the regular season.

However, St. John’s was ready to prove that it has more than what it displayed in the regular season and was ready to make its upset bid this week.

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DePaul jumped out to a 12-2 lead and it looked like what had taken place in Chicago.

But a Red Storm timeout was able to settle the Johnnies down and the team ended the half on an extended 47-17 run to lead by 20 points at halftime.

The Johnnies would end up winning 92-73.

It was the best half of the season for St. John’s and it might have been the most complete game the team has played this season.

Every player that logged a minute scored with the exception of O’Mar Stanley as the Johnnies were led by the 26 points from Julian Champagnie, 22 coming in the first half.

St. John’s basketball hoping to do the unthinkable

The victory over DePaul gives St. John’s a date with the Villanova Wildcats, the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament.

Villanova swept the regular season series against the Red Storm and are looking to reclaim its throne in the Big East Conference after its hobbled squad was upset by eventual champion Georgetown in the quarterfinals last season.

St. John’s has not appeared in the Big East Tournament Semifinals since 2000.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden but first we take a final look back at the dominance over DePaul.