WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23, 2013 10:30 PM
St. John’s is growing up before our very eyes.
The young Johnnies took a quantum leap Wednesday night with one of their best sustained efforts of the season in winning their third straight game, 72-60, over Big East neighbor Rutgers before a crowd of 4,742 at a surprisingly half-empty RAC in Piscataway.
This was also the third straight road victory for St. John’s (12-7, 4-3), and it took away some of the bitter taste the Red Storm had carried around since a 58-56 loss to these Scarlet Knights (12-6, 3-4) on Jan. 9 at the Garden.
Freshman forward JaKarr Sampson and sophomore guard D’Angelo Harrison were outspoken about that loss, claiming the better team didn’t win and bringing revenge into the conversation before the rematch. Then, they backed up their words.
“We took care of business,’’ Sampson said. “We could have beaten them by 15-16 points if we had made our free throws down the stretch.”
The athletic, 6-8 Sampson scored 21 points — just one shy of his career high — and grabbed six rebounds. Harrison, the team’s leading scorer, found the range on his jump shot after shooting just 14-for-47 the previous four games, scoring 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting with three 3-pointers. And versatile 6-6 sophomore Sir’Dominic Pointer, who had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in last Saturday’s win at DePaul, filled up the box score again with 13 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
“That’s one of the more unusual lines for any player I have ever coached,’’ St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said. “Dom is the Tasmanian Devil out there. The straw that stirs the drink.”
The Johnnies started slowly, but took control with a 17-0 run that bridged the two halves for a 38-28 lead. They put a stranglehold on the game by constantly rotating versatile, bigger defenders onto sophomore guard Eli Carter, the Knights’ leading scorer, who shot 1-for-14 and finished with five points.
The Johnnies are giving fans a reason to believe again, the same way Lavin’s first St. John’s team did two years ago when it found its stride during the second half of an NCAA Tournament season. “That team was older,’’ Lavin said. “This team is so young, so their growth spurt is more dramatic.’’
No one is saying the Johnnies are a finished product yet. But they had enough character to beat Cincinnati on the road after a heartbreaking overtime loss at Villanova, then came back to beat Notre Dame at the Garden just three nights after being embarrassed there by Georgetown in an 11 a.m. game.
The Johnnies’ next two games are against Seton Hall and DePaul, both at home. Two wins could give them a 6-3 record at the end of the midway point of league play.
“That’s big-time,” Sampson said. “It will give us a chance to pull away from the pack.”
D’Angelo Harrison was born on January 1st, 1993 according to http://www.sportando.net/eng/stats/3584/d-angelo-harrison.html
January 1st, 1993
1 + 1 +1+9+9+3 = 24 = his life lesson = Dominating. In charge. Taking charge. Clean living.
January 1st, 1993
1 + 1 +2+0+1+3 = 8 = his personal year (for 2013) = Status. Prestige. Business sense.
8 year + 3 (March) = 11 = his personal month (for March 2013) = Fair is fair.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
4 157536 81999165 79
his path of destiny = 79 = Reading you the riot act.
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