On Thursday, the St. John's basketball team took a short trip to Connecticut for its final non-conference game of the season to take on Yale.
After a fairly even 1st quarter that saw the home team hold a 3-point lead, a dominant 2nd quarter from the Red Storm saw them gain control of the game and eventually earn its third straight win.
The Red Storm outscored Yale 20-8 in the 2nd quarter, clearly the main difference in the game, and did enough down the stretch to secure a 75-56 victory over its Ivy League foe.
Unique Drake continued her unbelievable start to the season with 30 points, three rebounds, and a steal in the victory. It's Drake's second 30-point performance of the season, matching the career-high the redshirt senior set on November 19 against Manhattan.
Drake also became the sixth player in program history to have multiple 30-point games in a season.
Ber'Nayh Mayo also was in double figures with 11 points, four assists, two rebounds, and a steal as it was the senior's fifth game in double figures this season.
The Red Storm shot nearly 46-percent from the field, 30-percent rom 3-point range, and went 21-of-24 from the free throw line in the blowout win.
The defense has been a huge part of the Johnnies recent run of good form, generating 31 points off 20 turnovers against Yale and forcing them to shoot miss all ten of its from 3-point range.
The win against Yale gives the Red Storm (7-6, 1-0 Big East) its third straight win, a run that has vaunted them over the .500 mark and capped off a week in which they notched their first win against Villanova since February 2019.
Exorcizing those demons was made that much sweeter with the win coming at Madison Square Garden.
Joe Tartamella's squad will take on No. 21 Creighton in Omaha on December 30.
The Johnnies have lost its last two meetings in Omaha with the last victory coming back in February 2020.