Sunday, 6 September 2009

St. John's sweeps through Montreal

St. John's sweeps through Montreal

MONTREAL -- St. John's University gave a pair of Montreal schools a lesson in basketball fundamentals Saturday.

The NCAA's Red Storm beat McGill University 90-55 and cruised past the University of Quebec at Montreal 104-62 to sweep a pair of exhibition basketball games. Aside from brief spurts of competitiveness, the Canadian teams were simply outmatched by a superior team.

Against McGill, the Red Storm actually trailed 20-12 after one quarter but put things out of reach in the second, outscoring the Redmen by a ridiculous 40-6 margin. St. John's led 72-47 after three quarters.

Malik Boothe and DJ Kennedy led the way with 10 points apiece in a balanced St. John's attack.

Michael White had 12 points to pace the Redmen, while Matt Thornhill added 10.

St. John's enjoyed similar success against UQAM on Saturday night, breaking out to a 55-33 halftime lead. The Citadins kept pace with the Red Storm in the third quarter, but St. John's limited UQAM to eight fourth-quarter points in the romp.

St. John's, based out of New York, will continue its whirlwind Canadian tour Sunday, taking on the CIS-champion Carleton Ravens in the morning and the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the evening.

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