“Overall it was a good effort,” said head coach Chris Mullin after the game. “Offensively, we shared the ball. And then defensively for the most part we were active, so it’s something good to build on.”
Five Johnnies reached double figures, led by Federico Mussini with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a 3-for-6 showing from beyond the arc. The sophomore guard from Italy also pulled down seven boards, dished out a pair of assists and grabbed two steals.
Bronx native Bashir Ahmed scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and drained seven of his 11 attempts from the field overall.
Marcus LoVett netted 14 points and distributed a game-high five assists, while Shamorie Ponds added 12 points, six rebounds and a game-high five steals.
“They both have really good instincts on the court,” said Mullin of the LoVett-Ponds backcourt duo. “Offensively and defensively they can be pests for the other team, they really can, and I think they really take pride in stopping their guy.”
Freshman forward Richard Freudenberg impressed in his Carnesecca Arena debut, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
“He’s a mature kid,” said Mullin. “I think his game will expand over time, but right now if he gets to open spaces, he’ll get his looks and I think he’s big and strong so he can help us on the glass.”
Despite missing his lone shot attempt of the evening, Tennessee transfer Tariq Owens made his presence felt on the boards, grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Red Storm proved incredibly efficient on the offensive end, converting on 54 percent (38-of-71) of its tries from the floor and sinking 13-of-14 free throws.
St. John’s opens the 2016-17 regular season at Carnesecca Arena on November 11 when the Red Storm hosts Bethune-Cookman at 9 p.m.