A few quick thoughts on St. John's 85-62 loss to No. 22 Butler on Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana:
What it means: D'Angelo Harrison will finish his St. John's career with more than 2,000 points, the third-leading scorer in school history, but may never play in an NCAA Tournament game.
The Red Storm certainly didn't look worthy of the Big Dance on Tuesday. This was an embarrassing performance -- not as much because of the margin of defeat, but more so because of the team's lack of composure. And the program's lack of depth was never more evident.
St. John's falls to 14-8 overall, and 3-6 in the Big East. Butler rises to 17-6 overall, and 7-3 in the conference.
The turning point: Butler jumped out to an 8-0 lead, as it took St. John's more than five minutes to score. Things got worse for the Red Storm when center Chris Obekpa was ejected with 8:26 left in the first half for a Flagrant 2 foul, after he threw an elbow at the head of Tyler Wideman while the two were running down the floor. St. John's trailed 15-9 at the time, but managed to stay within striking distance at halftime, trailing 36-28.
Butler scored the first seven points of the second half, and soon after it was Sir'Dominic Pointer's turn to make a terrible play. Pointer fouled Kellen Dunham on a 3-point attempt, then earned a technical foul for jawing at the referee afterward. It turned into a five-point play for the Bulldogs, extending their lead to 20 at 50-30. St. John's managed to get back within eight, but then ran out of gas -- in fact, Butler closed the game on a 15-0 run.
Star watch: Harrison reached the 2,000-point plateau with a free throw late in the first half. But he didn't have a good game, shooting 2-for-6 from the field and finishing with just 10 points. He also fouled out with 6:29 remaining, committing his fifth on a Dunham layup that he clearly should have just let go.
No one on the bench provided any kind of lift, other than the little-used Felix Balamou (6 points).
Harrison and Pointer are seniors, and Obekpa is a junior -- these kinds of mistakes are inexcusable at this stage of their careers.
Pointer (19 points) and Rysheed Jordan (17) were St. John's scoring leaders. Dunham had 21 points to lead Butler.
Number crunch: Butler shot 56.4 percent for the game (31-for-55). St. John's shot just 37.3 percent (22-for-59). And the Red Storm had just five assists on their 22 made baskets.
What's next: St. John's hosts Creighton on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Butler hosts DePaul on Saturday.