What it means: St. John's is taking care of business on its home floor, against teams it should beat.
After back-to-back losses to Murray State and Baylor to wrap up the Charleston Classic last week, St. John's has now posted back-to-back wins at home, over Holy Cross (on Wednesday) and Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, 79-68. The Red Storm are now 4-2 on the season.
Neither victory came easy -- St. John's fell behind early in both games, and had to rally in the second halves. But don't be fooled -- Florida Gulf Coast is no cupcake. The Eagles have already beaten an ACC opponent this season, Miami (by 12).
The skinny: St. John's fell behind 23-10 midway through the first half, but scored the final six points to square the game up at 32 at intermission. The Red Storm looked a little sluggish in the early going, but got some fast-break opportunities -- where this team is at its best -- near the end of the half, and finished 'em.
St. John's took its first lead of the game early in the second half. The Red Storm relinquished it again briefly, trailing 45-44, but then rattled off nine straight points to put some distance between the teams. They took their first double-digit lead with 7:49 left, 60-50, on a D'Angelo Harrison trey, and put the game away from there.
Star watch: Sophomore swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer had a quiet first five games of the year, averaging just 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19 minutes. But Pointer was the key to this victory, sparking the team in both halves with his energy and aggressiveness at both ends of the floor. He filled up the box score, finishing with a career-high 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots.
Number crunch: St. John's shot the ball pretty well in the first half -- 13-for-27 (48.1 percent). But the Red Storm were great in the second half -- 20-for-33 (60.1). They were more aggressive, and created more easy buckets -- it appeared they also wore down the Eagles with their full-court press.
What's next: St. John's will host South Carolina on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., back here at Carnesecca Arena. The game is part of the SEC/BIG East Challenge.