St. John’s rally falls brief in irritating OT loss to UConn

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STORRS, Conn. — One cease, one rebound is all it might’ve taken for St. John’s to choose up the win it had been in the hunt for, a victory that will start to construct an NCAA Tournament résumé.

The Red Storm didn’t get it.

An impressed rally in opposition to Connecticut went for naught. A irritating time beyond regulation and fifth loss in six video games in opposition to a power-conference staff adopted. St. John’s left Gampel Pavilion with an 86-78 loss after the Red Storm have been unable to hold over their momentum from a implausible finish of regulation into time beyond regulation.

Julian Champagnie’s 27 factors weren’t sufficient. Neither have been Aaron Wheeler’s 13 factors off the bench because the Red Storm fell to 9-5 total and 1-2 within the Big East forward of their scheduled contest on the Garden on Sunday in opposition to bottom-feeder Georgetown.

St. John’s led early within the further session, however after a Champagnie jumper, UConn (11-4, 2-2) scored the subsequent eight factors — 4 coming from star huge man Adam Sanogo (26 factors, 17 rebounds) — and by no means seemed again. The recreation was actually determined on the finish of regulation, when St. John’s couldn’t get to the rebound of a Tyrese Martin miss within the closing seconds and Sanogo was fouled by Wheeler and made a tying free throw.

SJUAdama Sanogo blocks a shot by Posh Alexander.USA TODAY Sports

Trailing by eight with 5:15 to go, St. John’s went on a livid 17-9 run and even had the lead after Champagnie’s 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left. But the Red Storm couldn’t safe that rebound and Sanogo pressured time beyond regulation by hitting one in every of two free throws with 1.3 seconds left.

Coming off a season-low 11 factors on 5-for-19 capturing in a loss to Providence, Champagnie was heading in the right direction within the opening half. He scored a game-high 12 factors, carrying the Johnnies offensively. The junior needed to be on the highest of his recreation, as a result of fellow prime scorers Posh Alexander and Dylan Addae-Wusu went simply 2-for-14 from the sector within the opening half. The two guards have been repeatedly blocked on the rim by the larger Huskies, unable to make use of UConn’s aggressiveness in opposition to it.

The Huskies predictably had the sting inside, however that didn’t overwhelm St. John’s. The Red Storm led 18-12 in factors within the paint and had a 23-17 edge on the glass. Joel Soriano and O’Mar Stanley did effectively to restrict Sanogo’s touches and held him to eight first-half factors.

St. John’s led by two halfway via the opening half, however was outscored by seven the remainder of the stanza and trailed at halftime for the primary time in three league video games.

The deficit rapidly grew as soon as the second half began, the Huskies constructing an 11-point edge after scoring on 4 of their first six possessions. St. John’s, in the meantime, was forcing its technique to the free-throw line, however missed 4 of its first eight makes an attempt of the half, a problem that has crept to the highest of the staff’s issues.

St. John’s crept to inside 5 with 11:48 left, following two Champagnie free throws. The deficit was simply 4 after an Aaron Wheeler 3-pointer with 8:36 to go. It was simply two when Champagnie hit a 3-pointer with simply 3:58 remaining. But it wasn’t till Champagnie’s 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left that St. John’s lastly went forward.

Before the sport, St. John’s introduced freshman guard Rafael Pinzon will likely be out indefinitely on account of well being precautions. The freshman guard is coming off a bout with COVID-19.

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