St. John's was dominant in its 67-47 win over DePaul Sunday night at Carnesecca Arena. Click here for Kim Martin's game story.

More important than the win, the Red Storm (12-6, 2-3 Big East) got a big contribution from Anthony Mason Jr. Mason had eight points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

It was his first double-digit rebound total since January 21, 2007. How important is Mason's presence? It's very important.

Even with the Red Storm returning all of its key players from last season's team, there wasn't a real go-to guy or leader on the roster. Mason didn't play last season. His verstatility and experience was sorely missed last season. And it's been missed this season.

Yes, the Red Storm got off to a great start with wins over Temple, Siena and Georgia. But once they faced the good teams, it was an entirely different story. St. John's has had issues moving the ball and scoring the ball. Having a go-to guy would solve that problem.

Mason is a long way from being that guy. But there is more than enough time for the 6-7 fifth-year senior to get back in basketball shape and contribute in a big way.

"I am rusty, but I am getting back into the office," Mason said. "I don't force anything. I have to let the game come to me and continue to create for others. I am still trying to get up to game speed."

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Hopefully Mason can get up to speed at a record's pace, because the Red Storm's next two games are at Connecticut and home against Villanova. Stay tuned.

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