Lasting Impressions: St. John’s Outlasts St. Mary’s (Md.), 77-70

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For thirty-six minutes, you would never have known that the team taking the court against St. John's was a Division III program. After being outplayed at times, and tested in every sense of the word, by St. Mary's College of Maryland, the Red Storm used a quick 9-0 run late in the second half to pull away to a 77-70 victory in the final tuneup before their regular season opener Monday night against William and Mary. Four players scored in double figures for the Johnnies, highlighted by the double-doubles from Moe Harkless (20 points, 12 rebounds) and God'sgift Achiuwa. (15 points, 10 rebounds) "We're definitely satisfied with the win, but we understand that we have to continue to get better," said sophomore guard Nurideen Lindsey, … [Read more...]

Lasting Impressions: St. John’s defeats C.W. Post 110-80 in Exhibition

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It was the start of a new era on Tuesday night, and if these forty minutes are any indication, it's going to be one fun ride on the corner of Union and Utopia this season. On a night where the new-look Red Storm took the court for the first time since losing to Gonzaga in last year's NCAA Tournament, each of the six members of head coach Steve Lavin's recruiting class scored in double figures as St. John's tallied a resounding 110-80 victory over Division II opponent C.W. Post of Long Island. "I was pleased with the first outing," said assistant coach Mike Dunlap, who filled in for Lavin while the coach continues to recover from successful surgery to treat prostate cancer. "The players feel pretty good about the work they put … [Read more...]

Realignment Talk Dominates Big East Media Day

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Since last month's bombshell announcement that Pittsburgh and Syracuse would be defecting to the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East realignment and the future of college basketball as we know it has dominated the sport's headlines, almost daily. At the 2011 Big East Media Day in Manhattan, realignment was not just the topic du jour; it was the story. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who is no stranger to being openly outspoken about the state of the Big East, got the ball rolling by mentioning the tactical error former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese made in the most recent Big East expansion. "If any mistake was made, it was not having the foresight years ago to bring in people with football and basketball," said … [Read more...]

St. John’s Red Storm 2011: The Story of Eight Men On a Mission

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The St. John's University men's basketball team may be short-handed with just eight scholarship student-athletes on the roster, but the common goal of replicating last year's NCAA tournament appearance remains atop the list of priorities for the six first-year players, one returning letter winner, and a former walk-on that will open the 104th season of Red Storm hoops on November 7th as the youngest squad in program history. Malik Stith, who enters his junior season as the last man standing from both last year's core of players and the Norm Roberts era, has taken on the responsibility of serving as a mentor to the rookies. "I'm trying to make them as comfortable as possible," said Stith, prior to last night's annual Red Storm Tip Off. … [Read more...]

Sean Evans Goes Pro, Signs In Germany

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In the wake of St. John's Round of 64 loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament, the focus surrounding the ten-man senior class, guided to national relevance by head coach Steve Lavin, shifted to how many fourth-year Johnnies would move on to the professional level. After the starting backcourt of Paris Horne and Dwight Hardy were first to sign overseas, reigning Big East Sixth Man of the Year Justin Burrell and swingman Justin Brownlee were next to make the jump to professional basketball. It only seemed fitting that the man to wear jersey No. 5 would be the fifth Red Storm graduate to sign a contract. And, after two weeks of tryouts, the dream has come true for Sean Evans. Evans officially accepted a deal with the Dusseldorf … [Read more...]

St. Anthony’s Kyle Anderson Commits to UCLA

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After a summer filled with more twists, turns and flashes sideways than an episode of "Lost," college basketball's version of "The Decision" reached its epic culmination late Monday night when Kyle Anderson made his long-awaited verbal commitment; a pledge to play for UCLA and coach Ben Howland. Anderson made the decision via his Twitter page at about 10:30pm, ending widespread speculation over where the New Jersey product would end up. UCLA beat out hometown school Seton Hall; as well as Florida and St. John's for the services of the 6-8 point guard from St. Anthony's in Jersey City, who turns 18 today. "I chose UCLA because I feel they can help me improve my defense and we will have a good chance of winning a national championship," … [Read more...]

Big East Unveils Schedule, Red Storm Open With Exhibition Against C.W. Post

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After 21 wins, six of which came against teams ranked in the Top 25, and being ranked as high as 14th in the Associated Press poll, the question going into the 2011-12 season would be how St. John's would follow such a sudden act of resurgence. The long-awaited answer became a little clearer with the release and announcement of the Big East schedule, coupled with the unveiling of the Red Storm's non-conference ledger for the youngest team in program history. The 104th season of Red Storm basketball officially begins on November 7th when the Johnnies welcome William and Mary into Carnesecca Arena, but is preceded by two exhibition games: One against C.W. Post and former Norm Roberts assistant Chris Casey, and the other against Division … [Read more...]

St. John’s Chris Mullin: Brooklyn’s Finest Now Hoops Royalty in Hall of Fame

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He was a highly-touted recruit out of Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, St. John's University's all-time leading scorer, two Olympic gold medals, a sixteen-year professional career in which he averaged over eighteen points per game for the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. He had a sweet left-handed shot that was among the most lethal mid-range forms in the game and even had a stint in the Warriors' front office, not to mention overcoming personal demons by emerging victorious from a battle with alcoholism that he had waged since his days on the corner of Union and Utopia. You could look at those accomplishments and concur that the man possessing them could be, arguably, one of the greatest to ever take the court. Yet, with all … [Read more...]

St. John’s to Play Arizona in 2K Sports Classic, Duke in January

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The 2011-12 schedule will not become official for another month, but, indications are, Steve Lavin is continuing to challenge his St. John's squad. After leading a group of ten seniors to the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002, Lavin will carry the youngest team in the school's 104-year history onto the court this season, and the ledger that the Red Storm will play is anything but a cupcake. After taking the bold step to face Kentucky on the road at Rupp Arena on December 1st and taking on the University of Detroit in a game sure to remind fans of last year's season opener against St. Mary's, the Johnnies will face Arizona in their Madison Square Garden opener. The Wildcats, under head coach Sean Miller, … [Read more...]

Italy Says Buon Giorno To Hardy

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The miracle run put together by St. John's University and its ten recently-graduated seniors has continued to resonate far away from the corner of Union and Utopia. Yet another integral part of the Johnnies' return to the NCAA Tournament, after a nine-year hiatus, has become the latest Red Storm player to trade in his red and white for a professional uniform. Just several days after Paris Horne became the first from last year's graduating class to turn pro when he took his talents to Germany, Dwight Hardy has joined his backcourt partner in the professional ranks. The Bronx native signed earlier this week with Pistoia Basket, an Italian club located just outside the city of Florence, making the decision with factors other than … [Read more...]