St. Cloud State (0-3) loses their first game at home of the season in a back and forth matchup between St. John’s (1-0). St. Cloud State shot an even 50 percent on the night and also led the game with 10 second chance points. St. John’s dominated St. Cloud State in the posts, outscoring them by 30 points and also outscored the Huskies by 13 points in points off turnovers.
The home opener for St. Cloud State started off with an early lead, jumping out to the largest lead of the first half of six with 13:38 remaining in the half. Even though the Huskies gave up 6 more points in the paint and 5 more points off turnovers during the first half, St. John’s never once held the lead.
St. John’s senior guard Alex Schmidt led his team in points and assists in the first half with 12 points and 2 assists. St. Cloud State’s junior guard Scottie Stone got off to a hot start to the game in the first half, shooting 8-13 from the field which totaled up to 19 points. To end the half, St. John’s senior forward Mitchell Kuck stunned the crowd by nailing a beyond half-court shot to bring the lead down to 3, making the halftime score 41-38.
The Huskies came out to begin the second half with a bang, jumping out to the game’s largest lead of 8 with 17:02 left to play. With 13:00 remaining in the game, St. John’s took their first lead on a three-point attempt by St. John’s senior guard Alex Schmidt, giving them a 53-50 lead.
St. Cloud State with this loss is now on a three-game losing skid. Head coach of the Huskies Matt Reiner said that, “No one game is more important than the other. It’s disappointing that we had a lead and didn’t play a significant composure to finish the game off.”
St. Cloud State will play Mayville State (4-3) tomorrow at home. St. John’s (1-0) will stay in St. Cloud to play against College of St. Scholastica (1-1).