'Boomer & Gio': St. John's Played Hard, Couldn't Find Rhythm Vs. Arizona State

Boomer and Gio
March 21, 2019 - 10:05 am
St. John's forward Marvin Clark II (13) blocks a shot from Arizona State forward Kimani Lawrence (14) in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament on March 20, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.


By WFAN.com

St. John's went one-and-done in the NCAA Tournament, but Wednesday night's 74-65 loss to Arizona State in the First Four wasn't the result of poor effort, WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti said Thursday morning.

"I just felt so bad for those kids 'cause they were working so hard defensively, I don't care what anybody says," Esiason said. "You watch that game defensively, and especially like the last 10 minutes of the game, they put every ounce of energy you could ever ask for in that basketball game.

"They just never, ever, ever found their rhythm. And it's one of those things. ... You live by the 3, you die by the 3."

Boomer and Gio agreed that Arizona State did not play great and that the Red Storm had their chances to win their first NCAA Tournament game in 19 years.


"If you've watched St. John's, you know just like that, in a snap of a finger, if they start hitting their shots and get on one of those runs, the momentum could swing the other way," Giannotti said. "And I thought there was an opportunity there because Arizona State wasn't closing, and then, of course, St. John's could not take those opportunities and turn it into something."

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