Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

NCAAB

Julian Champagnie scores 26 to lead St. John’s past DePaul in Big East tournament opener

Julian Champagnie scores 26 to lead St. John’s past DePaul in Big East tournament opener

Julian Champagnie scored 26 points to lift St. John’s past 92-73 in the opening round of the Big East tournament Wednesday night in New York.

Stef Smith added 13 and Esahia Nyiwe had 10 for the #7-seeded Red Storm (17-14), who will face #2-seeded Villanova in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Javon Freeman-Liberty led 10th-seeded DePaul (15-16) with 17 points, while Nick Ongenda contributed 13 and David Jones chipped in with 11. Brandon Johnson also had 11.

After DePaul opened the game with a 12-2 lead, St. John’s responded with a 12-2 run to tie the game at 14. The Red Storm’s Montez Mathis hit a 3-pointer with 12:34 remaining in the first half to even the score.

Smith dropped in a 15-foot jumper, Aaron Wheeler added two free throws and Joel Soriano threw down a dunk as St. John’s led 26-17 with 8:05 left before halftime.

The Blue Demons soon managed a 7-0 spurt to cut the deficit to two, at 26-24. Champagnie came back with a dunk and a trey for a 33-24 advantage with 4:52 left in the half.

Champagnie stayed hot and guided the Red Storm to a 49-29 lead at halftime. He had 22 in the first half.

Freeman-Liberty paced DePaul with nine in the first half, but DePaul missed 9 of 10 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Blue Demons had some early chances to cut into the lead in the opening minutes of the second half, but a couple of costly turnovers halted any momentum.

Dylan Addae-Wusu soon hit a tough 3-pointer and the Red Storm led 60-36 with 15:15 to go.

St. John’s continued to get to the basket with ease and held a 74-50 advantage with 9:56 to play.

Freeman-Liberty hit a pair of free throws with 5:31 left, but DePaul still trailed by 20, 81-61.

The Red Storm cruised to the win from that point.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

PlayAction Podcast

PlayAction Pod | SGPN’s $500 NBA Finals Prop Contest

NBA

Terrell Furman Jr. from SGPN’s NBA Gambling Podcast joins the show to preview the NBA Finals. We break down each question in SGPN’s $500 NBA Finals...

PlayAction Pod | Talking NFL Draft With OddsChecker
PlayAction Pod | Talking NFL Draft With OddsChecker

NFL

OddsChecker’s NFL Draft Props Contest  Completely free to enter. Just click the link, sign up, and answer all the questions. Whoever gets the most...

PlayAction Pod | Talking Final Four With Screen The Screener
PlayAction Pod | Talking Final Four With Screen The Screener

March Madness

Gus Kearns of the Screen The Screener Podcast joins the show to break down this weekend’s Final Four.     0:00 Intro 0:35 Gus talks...

PlayAction Pod | Talking March Madness With Quarter4
PlayAction Pod | Talking March Madness With Quarter4

March Madness

Danijela Covic, Co-Founder and CSO of Quarter4.io, joins the show to talk about the predictive data Quarter4 is making available to PlayAction users during...

PlayAction Pod | Talking Longhorn Hoops With InsideTexas
PlayAction Pod | Talking Longhorn Hoops With InsideTexas

March Madness

Joe Cook of InsideTexas.com joins the show to talk Longhorn Hoops.   0:00 Intro 0:49 What were the expectations for Texas coming into Chris...

PlayAction Pod | Talking Ohio State Hoops With BuckeyeScoop
PlayAction Pod | Talking Ohio State Hoops With BuckeyeScoop

March Madness

Tony Gerdeman of BuckeyeScoop.com joins the show to talk Ohio State Basketball in advance of March Madness

PlayAction Pod | Talking Houston Hoops With Kris Gardner
PlayAction Pod | Talking Houston Hoops With Kris Gardner

March Madness

Kris Gardner of The Houston Roundball Review – TheHRR.com – joins the show to talk about the Houston Cougars, their season so far and...

PlayAction Pod | Talking Arizona Hoops With AllSportsTucson
PlayAction Pod | Talking Arizona Hoops With AllSportsTucson

March Madness

Steve Rivera of AllSportsTucson joins the show to talk about #2 Arizona.

PlayAction Pod | Talking Baylor Hoops With SicEm365
PlayAction Pod | Talking Baylor Hoops With SicEm365

March Madness

Paul Catalina of SicEm365.com joins the show to talk Baylor Bears Hoops. 0:00 Intro 0:33 Catalina talks about Baylor expectations coming into the season...