Vince Cole’s late 3-pointer saves St. John’s from upset loss
Welcome to Queens, Vince Cole. You might already be a fan favorite. The cardboard cutouts certainly love the junior college All-American.
The 6-foot-5 wing introduced himself to the St. John’s faithful with a bang, sinking a 3-pointer with 8.5 seconds left that saved the sluggish Johnnies from a dismal season-opening defeat. His five points in the final 17.6 seconds lifted Mike Anderson’s team past pesky Saint Peter’s, 76-75, to open the season in the Lapchick Tournament at Carnesecca Arena in front of only essential personnel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Just playing in New York is something I always dreamed of,” Cole, a Charleston, S.C., native, said. “Everybody always wants to hit a big shot.”
Trailing by four with under half a minute remaining, Cole drove baseline to cut the deficit to two and after freshman Posh Alexander’s chase-down steal, Cole drilled the game-winner on a feed from Greg Williams Jr., enabling the 10.5-point favorite to avoid its first home loss at to start a season since 2003.
In the lead-up to Wednesday night’s opener, Alexander and junior college transfer Isaih Moore had received the most hype, partly due to Cole missing three weeks of practice with a bone bruise. He was brought off the bench, and quickly produced, scoring 11 first-half points. He pulled St. John’s even at 66 with a 3-pointer with 4:49 left and then finished the come-from-behind victory out.
“He’s been a guy that can get buckets,” coach Mike Anderson said. “You’ve got to have offense. We can play defense until we’re blue in the face, but you got to have some guys who can put the ball in the hole.”
The newcomers — Cole, Moore, Alexander and Dylan Addae-Wusu — carried the Johnnies on a night sophomore star Julian Champagnie (ankle) was out and returning contributors Williams, Rasheem Dunn and Marcellus Earlington combined to score just 15 points on 4-of-19 shooting.
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