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Red Storm bounces back from loss with rout of Bryant

There's nothing like shrugging off an ugly loss with an easy win.

Thanks to a barrage of three-pointers and a willing opponent in Bryant, a second-year Division I Rhode Island program, St. John's cruised to an 80-44 win last night at Carnesecca Arena.

Two days ago, St. John's was feeling the after effects of a tough 71-66 loss to Cornell at the Holiday Festival.

The hangover apparently didn't last long.

St. John's went 13-for-28 on three-pointers. D.J. Kennedy led the way with 18 points. Paris Horne and Dwight Hardy finished with 16 points each.

Horne hit five three-pointers and said it felt good to get in a rhythm.

"I knew it would happen sooner or later," Horne said. "I just stayed with it. I stayed in the gym and kept shooting."

More importantly, St. John's was able to get over the Cornell loss quickly. "You can't get back yesterday," St. John's coach Norm Roberts said. "It's over and done with . . . We looked at our mistakes and just moved on from it."

The Red Storm improved to 10-2. St. John's hasn't had double digit wins this fast since the 1998-99 season when it reached 10 wins on December 22, 1998. The Red Storm finished 28-9 that year and advanced to the NCAA Regional Final.

Outside of an ugly stretch when Bryant (0-12) tied the score at 14 with 13:37 left in the first half, it was a laugher for the Red Storm, who began the second with a 20-9 run, turning a 43-21 lead into a 63-30 advantage with 8:30 left.

Lindenhurst High grad Adam Parzych led Bryant with nine points.

Everyone got in on the action for St. John's, even walk-ons Kevin Clark (4 points) and John Taubeneck (1). It was just the type of game the Red Storm needed, according to Horne.

"We had [to] get our spirits back," Horne said. "Now we're just getting ready for the second half of the season in the Big East.

Notes & quotes: Junior forward Justin Burrell missed his fifth straight game with a high right ankle sprain. Burrell could be back for the Red Storm's game at Georgetown next Thursday.

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