Red Storm Rises Past Charleston 64-53

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Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE St. John's sprinted out of the gate to take an early lead and never looked back. The veteran laden Cougars fell victim to Lavin's "Quick Sand" zone which was extended to 94 feet. The Red Storm dominated all facets of the game from start to finish beating the Cougars (1-1, 0-0) 64-53. The 2-0 Red Storm were led by D'Angelo Harrison who scored a game high 21 points. "We were much more calm out there," said Harrison. As they should be as the Red Storm led by as much as 20 points in the first half. The Red Storm will advance to the next round of the Charleston classic to face Murray State. While Coach Steve Lavin is excited by the athleticism of his team, it's the way the Johnnies are playing that may … [Read more...]

Harrison’s 2nd Half Redemption Propels St. John’s Past Detroit in Season Opener

NCAA Basketball: Detroit at St. John's

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE The buzz around St. John's season opener wasn't about the team's first game or the return of Steve Lavin to the sidelines. Everything was centered around D'Angelo Harrison's dismissal from the starting lineup due to disciplinary reasons. It was evident from the start D'Angelo Harrison was missed with St. John's failing to get a shot off in 35 seconds in their first offensive possession. Harrison picked up two quick fouls and sat for long stretches in the first half. Dealing with offensive woes, St. John's also had their hands full in defending Detroit's Ray McCallum. In the first half, four different St. John's players guarded McCallum. Sir'Dominic Pointer was designated the assignment first, followed by … [Read more...]

St. John’s Season Ends With 73-59 Loss To Pittsburgh

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Playing in the Big East tournament for the first time didn't faze the all-freshman lineup for St. John's. The Red Storm just ran into a buzzsaw. After leading briefly during the opening half; the experience lacking in the 12th-seeded Red Storm (13-19) proved crucial, as Pittsburgh (17-15) ran away to a 73-59 victory in the first round of the Big East tournament. With the win, the Panthers advance to tomorrow's second round; where they will meet Georgetown, while the long season endured by the Red Storm comes to a halt on their home court of Madison Square Garden. "We had a lot of easy baskets that didn't go in," said assistant coach Mike Dunlap, who has filled in admirably for a recovering Steve Lavin. "The story was, we had plenty of … [Read more...]

St. John’s Falls In Final Seconds, Loses 61-58 To Rutgers

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Twelve months later, the Scarlet Knights got their revenge. Playing for the first time since the controversial finish in their Big East tournament matchup last season at Madison Square Garden; Rutgers (14-17, 6-12) got a tip-in emphatically slammed home by Dane Miller with 9.3 seconds left, (10 points, 10 rebounds) and drained two free throws on their ensuing possession to escape with a 61-58 victory over St. John's (13-18, 6-12) in the regular season finale for both teams. The Red Storm had two chances to win after Rutgers took the lead; but D'Angelo Harrison (17 points) missed a three-pointer with two seconds left that would have given St. John's the lead, and narrowly missed a half-court heave that rimmed out as the buzzer sounded. … [Read more...]

Red Storm Win Streak Snapped In 89-69 Road Loss To Pitt

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The most superstitious of fans sensed the worst when the Red Storm took to the court. Wearing their alternate black uniforms; the same third jerseys that St. John's has won a grand total of one game in over the program's 104-year history, St. John's (13-17, 6-11) was competitive in the first half before being done in over the final stanza in an 89-69 loss to Pittsburgh (16-14, 5-12) at the Petersen Center, where the Panthers are now 6-0 all time against New York City's college team. "We really wanted to play well for our seniors tonight," said Pitt coach Jamie Dixon after four-year players Ashton Gibbs, (19 points to lead the Panthers) Travon Woodall and Nasir Robinson were honored prior to the opening tip. "We felt it was our last … [Read more...]

St. John’s Outlasts Notre Dame 61-58 For Third Straight Win

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Something had to give, whether it was Notre Dame's nine-game winning streak or St. John's two-game roll. It took the full forty minutes to figure out which it would be. After Amir Garrett (11 points) put St. John's ahead by three with nine seconds left; Notre Dame had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but a three-point attempt from Alex Dragicevich bounced off the left rim to give the Red Storm (13-16, 6-10) a hard-earned 61-58 victory over the 18th-ranked Fighting Irish. (20-9, 12-4) "Give a lot of credit to St. John's," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said after the game. "We had a lot of good looks, but didn't make enough of them." In addition to Garrett, St. John's was led by Moe Harkless (22 points) and D'Angelo Harrison … [Read more...]

Garrett, Harrison Shine In 79-72 Win Over DePaul

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The final contest at Carnesecca Arena this season proved to be a mirror image of the first encounter between the two teams nineteen days before, with one team establishing control midway through the first half before the other battled back and stole the game down the stretch. Led by 23 points from D'Angelo Harrison and a career-high 18 from fellow freshman Amir Garrett, St. John's (12-16, 5-10) shook off DePaul's late rally and sent the Blue Demons (11-16, 2-13) to their seventh straight defeat in a 79-72 decision on the Queens campus. "It was a quick turnaround in 48 hours," assistant coach Mike Dunlap stated after the game, the second for the Red Storm in three days after defeating UCLA this past Saturday. "We took care of the ball … [Read more...]

St. John’s Holds Off UCLA, Beats Bruins, 66-63

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This story could start with any number of ledes. There’s the Steve Lavin storyline, and the fact that he coached the Bruins for seven seasons before becoming a broadcaster in 2003. You could also go with the fact that UCLA has underachieved, having been chosen to win the Pac 12, but look on their way to a berth in the NIT. But on Saturday night, the strongest stoyline seemed to be that St. John’s simply came out and won. Against a UCLA team that will now most likely need to win the Pac 12 tournament to make the NCAAs, St. John’s held their ground in the second half and got the win, 66-63. Let’s take a look at some of the Red Storm’s ups and downs in their win on Saturday afternoon. Lasting Impressions D’Angelo Harrison … [Read more...]

Seton Hall Three-Point Barrage Sinks Red Storm 94-64

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What was supposed to be an evenly-matched game turned into a runaway all on one facet of the game St. John's has had difficulty with all season: The three-point shot. Seton Hall (18-8, 7-7) made fifteen triples of the twenty-four they attempted on the way to a 94-64 victory over the undermanned Red Storm (10-16, 4-10) in Newark last night. Six Pirates scored in double figures, and half of those six tallied double-doubles in a performance that left their star point guard impressed with what was his team's biggest win of the season. "It means a lot," said Jordan Theodore, who led Seton Hall with 16 points and 10 assists. "We really needed this game tonight. I think it was one of our best team games all year. It feels like we started … [Read more...]

Valiant St. John’s Effort Not Enough In 71-61 Loss To Georgetown

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Playing for the first time since a demoralizing 22-point defeat at the hands of Cincinnati, St. John's found themselves in a game they could have won. Unfortunately for them, they once again ran into a better team. Another afternoon of 20-point performances from D'Angelo Harrison (24 points) and Moe Harkless (20 points) was not enough for the Red Storm (10-15, 4-9) as they fell to 11th-ranked Georgetown (19-5, 9-4) by the final of 71-61. "We really took a step forward after our last two games," assistant coach Mike Dunlap said after the game. "When we got it down to one possession, we just couldn't level the score. We needed to make a shot and we couldn't do it." St. John's faces a short turnaround after this game with a Tuesday … [Read more...]