St. John's was determined to come out aggressively and it showed. Every Notre Dame pass, every dribble was challenged. It worke, too, as the Srorm held the Irish to 19 points on 4-for-14 shooting and caused 14 turnovers in the first half. St. John's leads, 26-19. Malik Boothe leads all scorers with 8 points, the bulk of those on back-to-back 3 pointers.
Another key stat is that St. John's doesn't have anyone with more than 2 fouls. Notre Dame's Tyrone Nash and Scott Martin each have 3. There were 29 fouls called in a choppy (as in karate chop) first 20 minues.
Notre Dame has zero second-chance points and zero fast-break points. Signs of good hustle by St. John's.