Rothstein Files: Five Observations From St. John’s – William and Mary
By Jon Rothstein
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1. MAJESTIC MOE
He’s far from a finished product but Moe Harkless showed flashes of why he was such a highly touted recruit. Smooth facing the basket and finishing in transition, Harkless displayed a solid offensive feel for his first ever college game. We’ll see how it translates to augmented competition as time progresses.
2. D’ANGELO THE DAGGER
A sniper in every sense of the word, D’Angelo Harrison was a big part of why St. John’s was able to pull away from William and Mary at the start of the second half. Knocking down outside shots and finishing in the paint, Harrison continues to resemble former Arizona guard Salim Stoudamire.
3. PRESSING ISSUE?
The Red Storm’s full-court pressure was the difference in the game. By utilizing their athleticism and quickness, St. John’s forced turnovers and got easy baskets in transition. The question is, with only seven true scholarship players, will pressing the opponent be a realistic game plan in the Big East? Time will tell.
4. NO STOPPING NURI
It took Nurideen Lindsey the entire first half to get settled but once he did, all of Carnesecca Arena was put on notice. The highly touted combo guard absorbed contact and finished in traffic, showing the type of go to scorer St. John’s will need in the half court the rest of the season. The JUCO product led the Red Storm with 19 points and also collected five steals.
5. QUINN’S QUEST
Quinn McDowell is a terrific player for William and Mary — but there’s only one of him. The senior sharpshooter finished with 20 points but will need mass amounts of help if the Tribe are to improve in the CAA standings.
BY THE NUMBERS:
4 – The number of turnovers by St. John’s
29-26 – The rebounding total in favor of William and Mary
4-15 – St. John’s from 3-point range
12-25 – St. John’s from the free throw line
THEY SAID IT:
“It’s real simple. Good 20 minutes. Bad 20 minutes,” – William and Mary coach Tony Shaver on the loss.
“We played the way we practiced,” St. Johns Special Assistant Gene Keady on the second half.
“The way St. John’s plays is what you saw in the second half,” D’Angelo Harrison on the identity of the Red Storm.