The Seton Hall Pirates dominated Tuesday, as they never trailed during the game, on their way to a 94-64 rout of the St. John’s Red Storm to extend their winning streak to three games. The Pirates were paced by senior point guard Jordan Theodore, who posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists, both game highs, as well as collecting 3 steals.
Seton Hall was able to build a sizable lead going into the half in part because of a solid defensive stretch, which spurred a 14-2 run over an eight-minute stretch. St. John’s came out aggressive in the second half in an attempt to bring the lead to single digits, but the Pirates lit up the Red Storm’s zone, making 10 of 12 second-half three-point attempts, extending the lead to as much as 34.
In addition to Jordan’s double-double, Herb Pope collected 10 points and 10 rebounds and Patrik Auda put up 12 points and 10 boards. This was the first time all season the Pirates had three different players contribute a double-double in the same game.
For St. John’s rookie Moe Harkless led the way in the loss with 15 points and 11 rebounds, as all starters reached double figures. The Red Storm’s bench however, was out scored 32-5.
Seton Hall improved to 18-8, and more importantly, 7-7 in the Big East with a difficult road test this Saturday at Cincinnati followed by a visit from #10 Georgetown Tuesday. “Saturday is going to be a big game for us. The goal is to keep winning, one game at a time. We are going into their house and they want to go dancing too”, Theodore said after the game about Saturday’s matchup and the desire of both teams to make the NCAA Tournament.
St. John’s dropped its fourth in a row, falling to 10-16 and 4-10 in the Big East. They will play host to UCLA this Saturday.