Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
St. John's is relying on underclassmen this year, and on Wednesday, freshman Jakarr Sampson stepped up with a 20-point performance in the Red Storm's win.
Jakarr Sampson's 20 points led the St. John's Red Storm to a 65-53 win over Holy Cross Wednesday night in Jamaica, Queens.
The Red Storm and the Crusaders are now both 3-2 on the season.
St. John's will be largely dependent on its underclassmen this year, as most of Steve Lavin's roster is made up of freshmen and sophomores.
D'Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene IV, both sophomores, also scored in double figures to aid the freshman Sampson.
Dave Dudzinski and Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 12 points apiece.
St. John's and Holy Cross went into the locker room tied at 30, but a 13-4 run by the Red Storm early in the second half gave the home team a lead it would never relinquish.
Ball control was a key in this game as Holy Cross turned it over 18 times. St. John's, on the other hand, took better care of the ball and only gave it up six times.
St. John's will host Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday before welcoming South Carolina to New York a week from Thursday.