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St. John's crushes Drake; Will face Arizona State in Alaska Final

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin shouts to

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin shouts to his players against Columbia. (Nov. 17, 2010) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

There haven't been a lot of easy games to write about for St. John's the last several games. 

That changed on Friday as the Red Storm made short work of Drake, 82-39, at the Great Alaska Shootout. Yes, we know Drake is a struggling program right now, but Steve Lavin's crew needs to stay at a certain level no matter who they play. 

St. John's (3-1) will get a good test Saturday night against Arizona State in the Great Alaska Shootout final.

If they needed OT to beat Drake or if they lost, we would've been all over them. A crushing win against an inferior opponent is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. It gives a coach a chance to see his team put a team away. It also allows a coach to get some other players some minutes.

Every player who got in the game scored except for Kevin Clark. Justin Brownlee led the way with 13 points and Dwight Hardy added 11.

It was the second straight double-digit scoring effort for Hardy, who had 14 points in the Red Storm's win over Ball State.

Sean Evans also contributed with a season-high 10 points off the bench.



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