St. John’s Basketball: 3 takeaways from loss to No. 9 Creighton Bluejays

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St. John’s Basketball struggles during BIG EAST play continued on Thursday as the Red Storm fell to the ninth-ranked Creighton Bluejays on its home floor, 94-76.

St. John’s Basketball (5-4, 0-3 BIG EAST) and Creighton (5-2, 1-1 BIG EAST) were both in search of their first conference win of the season coming into tonight’s matchup.

St. John’s mightily struggled to contain Creighton in the early stages of the game. Coach Mike Anderson was forced to take an early timeout after a stagnant start on offense. They quickly fell into a 28-12 deficit in the first half and didn’t register its first rebound till the 13-minute mark.

The Red Storm would close out the half only down by seven points at 41-34, having made 13-of-31 shots from the floor.

St. John’s battled with the Bluejays in the second half, trimming Creighton’s lead to 52-50 with 14:25 left in the second half.

The Johhnies’ hopes of mounting a comeback against the ninth-ranked team in the nation were dashed when the Bluejays responded with a 16-2 run to take a 66-52 lead with 9:56 left in the second half.

With 4:51 left to play, Marcus Zegarowski drained a three-pointer to increase the Bluejays’ lead to 80-58 with under five minutes left to play.

Zegarowski led all scorers with 20 points off of 7-of-10 from the floor and made six of his seven attempts from three-point land.

Julian Champagnie led the Johnnies in scoring with 17 points and snagged five rebounds. The backcourt duo of Posh Alexander and Rasheem Dunn also finished in double figures, scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Dunn, who returned in his first game back at Carnesecca Arena after suffering a nasty concussion in the season opener against Saint Peters, led the Johnnies with seven assists in 34 minutes.

After 40 minutes of play, the Red Storm saw themselves fall in their third-straight contest to start BIG EAST play. With that said, here are three takeaways from Thursday night’s game.

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