Red Storm Crush UConn

 

by Landon Stolar, Palestra.net NEW YORK — The Big East Tournament picked up some steam with game number two on Tuesday. 13th seed St. John’s (17-14) pulled off the first upset of the tournament over 12th seeded Connecticut (17-15) 73-51. The Huskies never led and were down by as many 25 points as the Red Storm cruised to a victory in front of its home fans. “I thought it was a really hard, physical game,” St. John’s Head Coach Norm Roberts said. “I thought our guys did a great job of, you know, battling on the glass and being physical, and then we made plays.” “Being physical” is an understatement. The St. John’s big men had a field day in the paint, especially junior forward Sean Evans, who finished with 10 boards to go along with his game-high 19 points on what seemed to be dunk after dunk. “I think this is big for myself, personally, because I haven’t been playing good” Evans said. “I think this is big and I’m going to build off this and continue to play well.” On the perimeter, St. John’s was led by junior guard Malik Boothe, who finished the game with 8 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. “Malik was as tough as anybody on the floor,” Roberts said. “He leads us in that area.” Yet Boothe knows there is still work to do. “It was a good win today. We also can’t celebrate this win,” Boothe said. “Last year we were in the same position going against the same team in the next round, and they pretty much had their way with us. We have to have the same focus tomorrow.” That team is the 5th seed Marquette. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 PM.