Nov. 23, 2015
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LAHAINA, Hawaii - Freshman Federico Mussini (Reggio Emilia, Italy) scored a game-high 14 points for St. John's, but No. 19/16 Vanderbilt jumped out to an early lead with eight first-half 3-pointers en route to a 92-55 victory on Monday at Lahaina Civic Center. The Commodores shot 53.2 percent (33-of-62) and hit 12 triples while St. John's could not find its mark from downtown going 2-for-16.
Mussini reached double-figures for the fourth time in as many games adding two assists and three steals for St. John's (3-1) in its first setback of the season. Durand Johnson (Baltimore, Md.) scored 10 points to go with three steals, while Christian Jones (Arlington, Texas) scored eight points, all in the first half, and pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
St. John's was held to 30.0 percent (18-of-60) from the floor in its first of three games at the 32nd annual Maui Invitational. The Red Storm, however, made 17-of-22 free throws (77.3 percent) and committed a season-low eight turnovers.
Luke Kornet scored a team-high 13 points to lead four in double-figures for Vanderbilt (3-0). Camron Justice and Jeff Roberson added 11 points apiece and Nolan Cressler scored 10 for the Commodores, who also shot 48.0 percent from long range.
Vanderbilt made its four field goals to jump out to a quick 9-0 lead at the 17:22 mark. Ron Mvouika (Paris, France) put St. John's on the board with a jumper and BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Yankuba Sima (Girona, Spain) followed with a layup as the Red Storm trailed 11-4. The Commodores then knocked down four-straight 3-pointers to jumpstart a 16-0 run. Vanderbilt carried a 53-24 advantage into halftime.
Mussini had nine of his 14 points in the second half and Johnson had eight of his 10 in the final 20 minutes. St. John's kept pace with the nationally-ranked Commodores in the stanza, but could not get closer than 28.
St. John's freshman Abdul Dial (West Palm Beach, Fla.) got in the scoring column late in the second half finishing with four points. Felix Balamou (Conakry, Guinea) had four points and four rebounds off the bench.
St. John's returns to action Tuesday for its second game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The Red Storm will tipoff at 2 p.m. eastern versus No. 13/14 Indiana airing on ESPN2 and 970 AM WNYM.