The St. John's dance team performs at halftime against Villanova. (Photo courtesy of Ray Floriani)
New York City - The ranking issue can be forgotten. For the moment, the number that counts is 0-3 in conference. St. John’s fell to Villanova 90-72 at Madison Square Garden, and is winless in Big East action. Villanova bounced back from their loss at Seton Hall this past Saturday in a big way. The numbers:
Possessions: St. John’s 70, Villanova 68
Offensive efficiency: Villanova 132, St. John’s 103
eFG%: Villanova 64, St. John's 53
FT Rate: Villanova 26, St. John's 24
OREB%: Villanova 47, St. John's 16
TO Rate: Villanova 14, St. John's 14
What Villanova did well: Utilize their dept. Jay Wright’s club accounted for a 25-7 edge in bench scoring. The points in the paint also went to the Wildcats, 42-30. That can largely be attributed to the inside work of Daniel Ochefu and the gradual wearing down of a thin St. John’s rotation.
What St. John’s did well: Care for the ball. Granted, the eFG (thanks to 5-of-13 from three) was over 50%. The 14% turnover rate stands out as one of the few highlights on a tough night.
Despite the final margin, the game had six ties and nine lead changes. Villanova pulled away in the last ten minutes of the contest.
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova - 21 points
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's - 25 points
Daniel Ochefu, Villanova - 27
D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's - 24
Ochefu, a 6-11 junior, scored 13 points (6-of-7 shooting) while adding 13 boards (7 on the offensive end). Harrison shot 8-of-15 with two assists and no turnovers.
Sharing the ball: Villanova assisted on 65% of their field goals. St. John’s assisted on 29%. Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono scored 9 points (one field goal). The junior guard posted an impressive 18 efficiency thanks to 10 assists (St. John’s had 8 as a team) and zero turnovers.
Villanova is 14-1 overall (2-1 conference) while St. John’s is now 11-4.