JAMAICA, N.Y. – St. John's forward JaKarr Sampson totaled 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, to lead the Red Storm to a 65-53 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at Carnesecca Arena. The Crusaders fall to 3-2 on the season with the loss, while St. John's improves to 3-2 overall.
Junior forward Dave Dudzinski (Elburn, Ill.) totaled 12 points and five rebounds while hitting six of eight field goal attempts, despite playing only 21 minutes due to foul trouble. Sophomore guard Justin Burrell (Dumfries, Va.) added 12 points and five assists for Holy Cross.
St. John's led 6-4 early in the first half, when the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to pull ahead. Holy Cross was still up by four (18-14) with 8:50 remaining in the first half, before scoring five straight points to go in front by nine (23-14). The Red Storm then used an 8-0 spurt to get back into the game, and the teams would eventually go into the locker room tied at 30-30.
To start the second half, St. John's claimed a quick lead with five straight points, before a 7-0 run gave the Crusaders a 37-35 advantage with 16:13 left to play. The Red Storm came right back with a 7-0 spurt of their own to pull back in front, and their lead would stay between three and seven points for the next several minutes. Holy Cross was down by just four (48-44) with nine minutes remaining, when St. John's used a 10-2 run to put the game away. The Crusaders would get no closer than seven points in the closing minutes, before the Red Storm finally posted a 12-point victory.
Holy Cross held a 35-31 rebounding advantage on the night, and made 100 percent of its free throw attempts as a team (nine of nine). But St. John's forced the Crusaders to commit 18 turnovers, in addition to blocking 10 Holy Cross shots.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Nov. 24, when they play host to New Hampshire at 4:00 p.m.