STORRS, Conn. – One stop, one rebound, St. John’s was supposed to be the win he was looking for, and that victory would start creating a resume for the NCAA tournament.
The Red Storm didn’t realize it.
The anti-Connecticut-inspired rally was in vain. An disappointing extra time and a fifth defeat in six games against a strong conference team. After the Red Storm, St. John defeated the Gampel pavilion 86-78.
Julian Champagnie’s 27 points wasn’t enough. Aaron Wheeler also had no points from 13 benches as the Red Storm fell 9-5 overall and 1-2 in the Greater East ahead of their scheduled game against bottom-feeder Georgetown in the garden on Sunday.
St. John led at the start of the extra session, but after the Champagnie jumper, UConn (11-4, 2-2) scored the next eight points – four big stars from Adam Sanogo (26 points, 17 rebounds). ) – and never. looked back. The game was indeed settled at the end of the regulation, when St. John could not return the ball missed by Tyrese Martin in the final seconds and was fouled by Sanogo Wheeler and equalized free kick .
With 5:15 left in the game, St. John, who was eight behind, continued to run furiously 17-9 and even took the lead after Champagnie’s 3-point shot with 4.8 seconds left. But the Red Storm failed to secure that rebound and forced Sanogo to take one of two penalty kicks with 1.3 seconds left in extra time.
Champagnie, who lost to Providence and scored the lowest 11 points of the season on a 5-for-19 shot, scored in the first half. He led Johnnies offensively, scoring 12 points in the game. The teenager had to dominate his game as other top scorers in the first half, Posh Alexander and Dylan Addae-Vusu, were just 2:14 off the field. The two guards were repeatedly blocked from the edge by the big Huskies, but were unable to take advantage of UConn’s aggression.
The Huskies could have predicted that there was an edge inside, but that didn’t cross St. John’s. The red storm managed 18-12 points in the paint and had 23-17 edges in the mirror. Joel Soriano and O’Marry Stanley did a good job of limiting Sanogo’s touchdowns and kept him in the first half of the eighth.
St. John was two games ahead in the middle of the first half, but had seven wins in the remaining stanzas and was behind in the break for the first time in three league games.
After the start of the second half, the difference in the score grew rapidly, with the Huskies scoring four of the first six goals to create an 11-point advantage. St. John, meanwhile, were forced to make their way to the free-kick line, but missed four of the department’s first eight attempts, and the problem rose to the top of the team’s problems.
After two free throws by Champagnie, St. John finished in the top five with 11:48 left. The deficit was just four after Aaron Wheeler finished 8:36 after 3 points. Champagnie was only two when he hit a 3-point shot with 3:58 left. But with 4.8 seconds left, Champagne’s 3-point shot put St. John ahead.
Prior to the game, St. John’s freshman keeper Rafael Pinzon was sidelined indefinitely due to health concerns. The freshman guard is struggling with COVID-19.