LIVE BLOG: Men’s Basketball vs. St. John 11/20

8:33 p.m.

St. John’s defeats FDU 87-74. 

Thank you to our Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Scalzo who produced tonight’s live blog and our student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain who updated Twitter throughout the game. 

The Knights have nothing to hang their heads about after this loss as they went toe to toe with an extremely talented St. John’s team. Devon Dunn showed off his capabilities as a lethal shooting threat for FDU and Rush showcased his athletic finishing ability in the clutch. Even in a loss, the Knights will have plenty of positives and some significant momentum to take into their next game.

St. John’s shot consistently for most of the game finishing 30-65 (46.2%) overall and 5-22 (22.7%) from three. They also hit on 75% of their free throw attempts going 22-29.

As a team FDU started off struggling a bit shooting but came back strong in the second half. They finished 24-51 (47.1%)  from the floor and shot an efficient 10-20 (50%) from deep as well. FDU left more than a few points at the line as they only hit 16 of their 24 free throw attempts (66.7%)

For St. John’s Posh Alexander and Julian Champagnie were the stars of the game as they each contributed a strong 17 points. Stef Smith also turned in 14 while Montez Mathis finished with 13.

Devon Dunn could not be stopped for the Knights tonight as he finished with 24 points and 6 threes on 8-10 shooting overall. Rush followed his teammates performance with a strong 14 points and some clutch baskets late for the Knights. Munden Jr. and Square Jr. combined for 19.

8:10 p.m.

St. John’s defeats FDU 87-74.

Rush misses on a three point attempt and St. John’s will run out the clock.

8:08 p.m.

Alexander goes 1-2 on his trip to the line for St. John’s.  

Antoine Jacks scores one for FDU late.

8:06 p.m.

Champagnie gets it to go in transition, and it looks like the FDU comeback will come up just short with 0:56 seconds left.

8:05 p.m.

Champagnie gets the jumpshot to make it a 12 point St. John’s lead. 

Rush banks in his three for the Knights, he has 14.

8:04 p.m.

Posh Alexander gets the layup with 2:17 left to put St. John’s up 82-69.

Montez Mathis sprints down the floor off of an FDU miss and gets his layup to go.

8:01 p.m.

Knights look to keep the momentum going with 4:14 left.

8:00 p.m.

After Alexander hits two free throws for St. John’s, Dunn makes his 6th three pointer of the night. He has been on fire in this game and the Knights are within range as the score sits at 78-69.

7:58 p.m.

Dunn hits a three to give him 21 points on the night. Both teams trading big time shots down the stretch of this game.

7:56 p.m.

Mathis answers for St. John’s with his layup inside. 

Munden goes back down the floor and converts his layup.

Champagnie answers with a three.

7:55 p.m.

Devon Dunn follows with another big three as the Knights bench erupts. On a 15-3 run, FDU somehow cuts it to 10 with 6:10 left.

Munden Jr. makes a big three for the Knights. 

Smith gets fouled once again and hits two to make it 71-55 for St. John’s

7:52 p.m.

Smith stops the run for the moment with a made free throw.

7:51 p.m.

Rush is heating up as he gets another difficult finish to go for the Knights.

7:48 p.m.

Square Jr. lays it up around his defender. The Knights have some life as they go on a 7-0 run to make the game 68-53 with 8:07 left.

7:47 p.m.

Rush finishes an acrobatic layup to cut the lead to 17.

Square Jr. converts on his layup set up by Devon Dunn.

Square Jr. misses one then makes one from the line for the Knights.

7:42 p.m.

Wheeler puts the and-one free throw in to make the game 68-46. 

Wheeler gets a tough layup attempt to go and will go to the free throw line for one more.

Munden Jr. heads to the line again for FDU and goes 1-2.

St. John’s looks to pull away as Wheeler hits his jumper to put his squad up by 20.

7:38 p.m.

Addae- Wusu drains his three to force an FDU timeout. Knights are behind 63-45.

Alexander makes the layup to extend St. John’s lead.

7:35 p.m.

Alexander hits two free throws for St. John’s with 12:39 remaining.

7:33 p.m.

Knights turn the ball over with an opportunity to cut the game to single digits.

7:26 p.m.

Rush gets a big three to go for the Knights.

7:24 p.m.

Champagnie makes three free throws for St. John’s.

7:21 p.m.

Dunn hits a mid-range jumper off the dribble and gets the game back down to 11 for FDU.

Dunn goes to the free throw line and hits his two shots.

7:19 p.m.

Alexander makes two free throws with 16:31 remaining.

Rush lays it in for FDU. He has four points in the game.

7:18 p.m.

Smith follows the dunk with the layup in transition.

Soriano ends the little run with a big dunk. St. John’s leads 49-36.

Lamaute makes his jumper and the St. John’s lead is down to 11 with 18:23 remaining.

7:15 p.m.

Devon Dunn carries his momentum over from the first as he makes his layup.

Soriano scores on his layup to start the second half for St. John’s.

Halftime Update:

FDU has done a good job hanging around with St. John’s, a solid team, and matching their physicality, as they try to make a run, with St. John’s leading 45-32.

St. Johns shot 17-38 (44.7%) from the floor overall but struggled from deep making only 3 three’s in 13 attempts (23.1%).

As a team the Knights shot just 8-24 (33.3%) from the floor but went 4-9 (44.4%) from three. The Knights also shot 12-18 (66.7%) from the free-throw line.

St. John’s Montez Mathis and Stef Smith lead the team with nine points each.  Behind them is Joel Soriano with eight and Julian Champagnie with seven. 

Leading the way for the Knights is Devon Dunn with nine points, followed by eight from Ibrahim Wattara, and four points each from John Square Jr. and Joe Munden Jr.

6:57 p.m.

Rodriguez goes 1-2 from the line for FDU to close out the half.

Both teams playing physical in the first half. 

Smith goes 1-2 from the line for St John’s.

6:56 p.m.

Wattara gets the layup and the free throw to make the game 44-31.

6:55 p.m.

Wattara responds with a layup.

Champagnie goes 1-2 from the line with under a minute to play in the half.

6:52 p.m.

Stef Smith lays it up for St. John’s after the FDU turnover.

Champagnie stops the Knights’ momentum with a layup.

6:47 p.m.

At the media timeout FDU trails St. John’s 39-28.

Square Jr. gets fouled now and responds with two free throws for the Knights.

6:45 p.m.

Soriano gets fouled for St. John’s and makes two. 

Rush makes 2 at the line and FDU inches closer with 4:40 remaining in the first .

Rush misses a wide open layup in transition but gets the rebound and is fouled. 

Dunn heating up as he hits another three and cuts the St. John’s lead down to 13.

6:42 p.m.

Stef Smith hits two free throws after being fouled inside. 

Dunn nails a three for the Knights with 5:48 to go in the first half.

Soriano breaks a little stand still in the game with his dunk. St. Johns is still ahead 35-18.

6:34 p.m.

Ford Jr. comes away with 1 point at the free-throw line to make the game 33-18 with St. Johns still in front.

6:33 p.m.

Wattara throws down a monster dunk for FDU with 8:19 left in the half.

Alexander makes another layup in traffic.

6:32 p.m.

Wattara gets the runner to go for FDU.

Nyiwe stuffs it in transition off the steal for St. John’s.

6:28 p.m.

Wheeler answers the free throw with a three. St. Johns leads by 16. 

Wattara gets to the line for two free throws once again for FDU but only gets one to go.

6:24 p.m.

St. Johns is in front 26-12 with 11:48 to go in the first half.

Alexander gets the lead pass inside from Addae-Wusu and finishes. 

Munden Jr. goes back to the line for the Knights and hits the first but misses the second. 

Mathis makes his layup.

6:20 p.m.

Smith gets a jumper to go and St. Johns leads 22-11.

Addae-Wusu hits the three off the assist from Wheeler.

6:19 p.m.

Munden Jr. gets the layup to go with the foul for the Knights. He hit the free throw with 14:16 left in the half.

6:16 p.m.

Square Jr. goes 1-2 from the free-throw line for FDU. St. John’s still leads 17-8

6:15 p.m.

Champagnie gets a nice floater to go off the glass. St. John’s now leads by 10.

Soriano finishes the layup in traffic

6:12 p.m.

Stef Smith hits two free throws to make it 13-7 

Champagnie gets his layup to go for St. John’s.

Dunn comes right back with a three for the Knights. Both teams going back and forth.

6:08 p.m.

Mathis answers for St. John’s with a three. 

Lamaute hits a three for FDU and makes the game 6-4 with 17:39 in the half

6:07 p.m.

Square Jr. stops the run with a made free throw for the Knights.

6:06 p.m.

Posh Alexander gets the layup and St. John’s leads 6-0.

6:05 p.m.

Mathis gets it done defensively this time getting the steal then feeding Soriano for the slam.

6:04 p.m.

Montez Mathis gets the layup to go to start St. John’s 2-0.

5:55 p.m.

Starting for St John’s: Stef Smith, Julian Champagnie, Montez Mathis, Joel Sorianao, and Posh Alexander 

Starting for the Knights: Sebastian Lamaute, Devon Dunn, Brandon Rush, Pier-Olivier Racine and John Square Jr.

Pre-game Update:

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Knights tonight when they go up against St. John’s in Queens, N.Y. Although the last game versus Northwestern served to be another rough outing, the Knights still found some positives in strong performances from Devon Dunn and Ibrahim Wattara who each contributed 12 points for FDU. I am Sheldon Gomes, sports writer for The Equinox. Our Editor-In-Chief Elizabeth Scalzo will be producing tonight’s live blog. Our student lifestyle editor Naniyah McClain will be updating Twitter throughout the game.

The Knights face another tough battle against the Red Storm.