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Big second half lifts St. John's

It is beginning to become a habit for St. John's, playing big in the second half.

For the third game in a row the Red Storm played lights-out basketball on offense in the second half to come away with a win.

Need a breakdown? Steve Lavin's crew scored 47 points in the second half of an 81-71 win over West Virginia on Wednesday night. It was the Red Storm's first win over West Virginia since January 5, 2002. And their first road win against the Mountaineers since 2000.

Lavin acknowledged how efficient his team was in the second half on Wednesday night.

“This was the third consecutive game we were highly efficient offensively in the second half, against Davidson, Northwestern and West Virginia. And it's a testament to the kids, really sharing the ball and their willingness to make that extra pass,” said Lavin. “We talk about the one-more pass. I thought tonight in some key possessions and sequences they were willing to make that one extra pass that leads to a high percentage look. When you do that for a long period as we the numbers reflect that with the 76 percent.”

St. John's scored 48 points in the second half of its 85-69 win over Northwestern and 38 points in the second half of its 62-57 triumph over Davidson.

The offensive output for entire game was something to marvel at for St. John's (8-3, 1-0 Big East), which shot 61 percent from the field. The Red Storm also made West Virginia pay from the fouling, hitting 30 of 39 shots.

Dwight Hardy continues to be the hot man for the Red Storm and led the way with 20 points. Justin Brownlee and D.J. Kennedy each added 17 points.

Looking at the big picture, if not for a terrible second half in an 84-81 loss to Fordham (St. John's was outscored 51-36) and a 67-66 loss to St. Bonaventure (outscored 36-33), St. John's profile would be much bigger.

For now, we're sure St. John's fans will take an 8-3 mark and a road win over West Virginia.




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