The freshmen didn’t blink.
Not when Marquette was eliminating a 15-point second-half lead. Not when the game got tight in the final seconds.
Posh Alexander and Dylan Addae-Wusu didn’t let the tense nature of the moment bring the freshmen out of them. Instead, they performed like upperclassmen, keying this dramatic 75-73 win at Marquette to continue St. John’s turnaround.
The Johnnies have now won four straight games and five of six, moving into a tie for sixth-place in the Big East after being close to the basement just a few weeks ago. It wouldn’t have been possible without the high school teammates.
Alexander’s steal and basket with 1:32 left pushed a one-point lead to three. And when Marquette answered, Addae-Wusu scored on a drive with 42.9 seconds to go. Marquette did have a chance to pull even after Julian Champagnie traveled, but Koby McEwen couldn’t finish off a drive with 3.2 seconds left. Rasheem Dunn, who had just hit two clutch free throws, pounced on the loose ball on the out-of-bounds play, and fittingly Alexander got free to run out the clock.
Alexander and Addae-Wusu were also critical early in the second half. Marquette came out of the locker room breathing fire, ripping off a 20-5 run to eliminate a 15-point halftime deficit. Alexander and Addae-Wusu helped stabilize the game, spearheading a 12-2 spurt that gave St. John’s much-needed breathing room.
Champagnie led St. John’s with 22 points and seven rebounds and Alexander, the reigning Big East Freshman of the Week, added 15 points, six steals and three assists. Addae-Wusu had six points and five rebounds. Dawson Garcia had 20 points and nine rebounds for Marquette.