Well, there was some, uh, slightly important news today from the press conference. If you didn’t hear, Myles Davis has been reinstated to the basketball program. Look back for a post on that tomorrow, but for now, here’s what happened in today’s throttling of the St. John’s Red Storm.
Xavier (13-2) entered the game on a five-game winning streak, and St. John’s (8-9) came to Cincinnati with impressive wins over Syracuse and Butler already under their belts. Standing at 2-1 in conference play, Chris Mullin’s upstart squad was looking to emerge from the Cintas Center tied for first place. For the first few minutes, it looked like they might do just that. They were lighting it up from the field and rushed out to an 18-9 lead.
Then…BOOM. The Mack Truck that is the Xavier offense propelled right through the Red Storm without being driven off course. They rattled off a 45-14 run and just like that, the tables had turned. It was Xavier’s game to lose, and the Musketeers did not let up. Even though the game became bogged down in the second half due to countless foul calls, Xavier still ran away with a 97-82 win.
Six players scored in double figures: 20 for Ed, 17 for Kaiser, 15 for Trevon, 14 for JP, 10 for Tyrique, and 10 for Malcolm. Speaking of Malcolm, he is really turning into a valuable piece of this team. Reminiscent of Remy last year, Malcolm quietly goes about leading this team through rough patches and tough stretches. He was perfect from the field on 4-4 shooting.
St. John’s is much improved from last season, but there is still a vast amount of ground they need to cover. Lemme tell ya, Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett are real problems. If they don’t leave early and we have to deal with these two freshmen for the next four years, they will really be a thorn in everyone’s side. LoVett had 32 points and was 4-7 from beyond-the-arc, and Ponds contributed 21 of his own including three 3’s. The zone did concede some of these open shots in a blowout of a game, but nonetheless, they still made those open shots. Quite the showing from these two on Saturday afternoon.
Xavier now enters an absolute gauntlet of Villanova, Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, and Cincinnati. Around 11 on the night of January 26th, we’ll have a fairly accurate picture of where this team is, and what heights they can reach.