Julian Champagnie, a Brooklyn native, missed the first two games of St. John’s Men’s (3-0) basketball season due to a sprained ankle.
But the guard/forward did not show any signs of wear, as the former Bishop Loughlin High School star drained a career-high 29 points and grabbed ten rebounds in the Red Storm’s 97-93 victory over Boston College (1-2) at Mohegan Sun Arena on Monday night.
It was the 6-foot-8 player’s third collegiate double-double, but it was his defense that came into play last in the contest. With the St. John’s advantage sliced to three on Boston College’s final possession, Champagnie blocked a second-chance three-pointer that could have tied the contest at 96.
Posh Alexander, another Brooklynite on the Johnnies, dropped in 18 points, 16 in the first half alone. Additionally, Greg Williams Jr. stepped up and recorded 17 points, six assists, and two steals in a team-best 35 minutes of action, shooting four-for-five from the floor and seven-for-ten from the line.
The Eagles led by 10 points, 19-9, as the five minutes ticked away in the first half. St. John’s tied in at 29, though, on a Williams’ fastbreak dunk with 6:44 to go in the half.
Ahead by 12 at the half, the Red Storm used an 8-0 run to swell its advantage to 20, 75-55, with 13:15 to play.
However, Boston College scored 14 unanswered points, connecting on six from the hardwood and pulling within six, 75-69.
St. John’s went on a 7-0 run, however, as Champagnie dropped in four straight points before Dylan Addae-Wusu pushed the lead back to 13 with a three-point play.
The Red Storm led by 13 following a Marcellus Earlington layup with 2:39 remaining in the game before the Eagles went a 10-0 run in 90 seconds, making it a three-point contest with just over a minute to go in the tilt
But Champagnie made sure the Johnnies would walk away with the win in the end.
— Jerry Del Priore