2006_01shill.jpgAs impressive a week as St. John's had last week, defeating Louisville and Pittsburgh at home, the Red Storm could hardly have hoped to beat Connecticut on the road Wednesday. They didn't. After hanging with the nation's top-ranked team for a half, St. John's lost in Storrs 66-50. The Huskies outscored the visitors by 15 points in the second half and took control after two ejections with a 15-4 run.

Just as so many other teams have learned, Connecticut is almost impossible to muscle down low. Lamont Hamilton, scored only 3 points against the talented Huskie front line which is leading the nation in blocks for the fifth straight season. Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong and Josh Boone are among the most talented big men in the country. Hamilton shouldn't be held to only one three pointer against them, but they can be stifling. For St. John's, the loss is not a disaster. They still sit at .500 in the conference, but their schedule, as most Big East teams are finidng, is daunting. Continuing to play well will not be easy.