NEW YORK -- Some quick thoughts on St. John's 89-78 loss to Robert Morris Tuesday at Carnesecca Arena:
What it means: A disappointing St. John's season ends in embarrassing fashion.
A No. 1 seed in the NIT, St. John's was beaten handily at home by No. 8 seed Robert Morris in the first round, making it close only at the end (see below). The Colonials came to play, and the Red Storm clearly did not.
Steve Lavin's team finishes 20-13, losing four of its final six games.
The turning point: Robert Morris led 19-2 less than five minutes in, thanks to four early 3-pointers -- three of them by Karvel Anderson, the Northeast Conference Player of the Year. St. John's trailed by as many as 25 in the first half, 43-18, with just under four minutes remaining. The score was 49-27 at halftime.
The Colonials' biggest lead of the game was 26 points, 68-42, on another Anderson trey with 9:05 left. The Red Storm finally made a run, scoring 15 straight points to make it 74-66 with 3:35 to play. They had one chance to cut it to five, on a Max Hooper 3-point attempt at the 2:59 mark, but he missed that one. Robert Morris put it away from there.
Star watch: In desperation, coach Steve Lavin turned to the little-used Hooper and the less-used Marco Bourgault, searching for a spark. Hooper did his best, shooting 6-for-12 -- all from deep -- for a career-high 18 points. Bourgault hit a pair of treys as well.
Starting point guard Rysheed Jordan did not play due to tonsillitis, but it probably wouldn't have mattered.
Anderson finished with a game-high 38 points, shooting 9-for-15 from beyond the arc.
Number crunch: Robert Morris made 16 3-pointers and shot 50 percent from 3-point range. St. John's shot 37.2 percent from the field (29-for-78).
What's next: Robert Morris will play either No. 4 seed Green Bay or No. 5 seed Belmont in the second round.
St. John's won't play again until November. In the meantime, we'll find out if all the underclassmen come back.