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St. John's aims to maintain historic dominance over Stony Brook

Field Level Media
06 Dec 2020, 08:40 GMT+10

A week that began with St. John's planning to travel almost 2,000 miles by air will end with the Red Storm facing a local rival that needed to travel about 50 miles by bus to renew a long-dormant series.

The Red Storm will look to maintain their historic dominance over Stony Brook when the two schools meet in Queens, New York.

St. John's last played Wednesday, when the Red Storm fell to Brigham Young, 74-68, in a Legends Classic game played as part of Bubbleville at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

St. John's, which never led for the final 30-plus minutes, gave up a 5-0 run immediately after tying the game for the final time with 14:38 left and surrendered a 7-0 run right after pulling within 56-54 with 7:17 remaining.

"We had some adversity and I just didn't think we responded the right way," St. John's head coach Mike Anderson said.

Stony Brook earned its first win of the season Friday by overcoming a 10-point first half deficit to beat visiting Fairfield, 72-69, in overtime. The Seawolves (1-1) shot under 50 percent for the second straight game but committed just 12 turnovers, 10 fewer than they had against Saint Peter's on Tuesday.

"The first game we were adjusting," said Seawolves guard Juan Felix Rodriguez, who scored a game-high 21 points Friday. "During this game we felt the offense was smoother."

The game against BYU marked the second in Connecticut for St. John's (3-1), which beat Boston College, 97-93, on Monday. The Red Storm, which planned to visit Texas Tech in the Big East-Big 12 Battle on Wednesday night, canceled the trip and played BYU instead due to concerns about the rising rate of coronavirus cases in Texas.

The Texas Tech cancelation marked at least the third time St. John's has canceled a game due to the coronavirus. The Red Storm was initially scheduled to play Sacred Heart on Sunday and Fordham on Tuesday before those programs had to pause workouts due to positive tests.

St. John's leads the all-time series against Stony Brook, 8-0. The schools haven't played since Dec. 2, 2009, when the Red Storm recorded a 63-55 victory.

--Field Level Media

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