It took one of the nation's least experienced teams 20 minutes
to start looking like a team of veterans.
Nurideen Lindsey scored 17 of his 19 points in the
second half to lead St. John's to a 74-59 victory over William
& Mary on Monday night in the opening round of the 2K Sports
Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Red Storm had only one player back from last season's team
that went 21-12 and made the NCAA tournament for the first time
since 2002. It looked that way as William & Mary took a 33-26
St. John's shot just 32.3 percent from the field (10-for-31),
including making only 2-of-9 from 3-point range in the first half,
and forced nine turnovers, a staple of the pressure defense that
allows the Red Storm to take advantage of its speed and
The stats were decidedly different in the second half as the Red
Storm forced 12 turnovers - and turned them into 21 points - and
shot 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the field.
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