Junior guard Shamorie Ponds missed the DePaul game with a lower back strain that the school said he initially suffered in the Georgetown game last Saturday. He is day-to-day going forward. “Obviously he is a great player, so without him, we approach things a little differently,” Mullin said. “Anytime you take your best player off the team, it has an effect. We came out and we played okay. A little passive, I thought, but overall, in the second half, we picked up our energy. We just need to play through.” Femi Olujobi had 27 points and eight rebounds, Paul Reed had 18 points and 10 boards and Max Strus went for 14 points and 12 boards for DePaul. L.J. Figueroa led the Red Storm with 23 points. Justin Simon scored 20 and Marvin Clark had 14 on 6-of-16 shooting, including 1 for 7 from 3-point range.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 13, 2019
“We knew all along that he was not going to be playing,” Clark said. “Of course it changes some things, but we have a pretty talented team, so it really doesn’t change too much. I shot 6 of 16 tonight. We didn’t get a lot of things to go in from beyond the arc. That’s the result.”St. John’s hosts Creighton on Wednesday before visiting Butler Jan. 19.
“I’m very confident,” Clark said. “This is just a bump in the road. We have a lot of guys that can handle adversity, especially us two [alongside Justin Simon] up here. We’ve been through a losing streak, so we know what adversity is. We are confident in our abilities and we will be prepared and ready for the next game. We just need to go into our locker room, talk to our guys and get ready for these next couple of days of preparation.”