Moe Harkless 2.0 Unveiled, Big East on Watch

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Saturday afternoon’s 83-76 loss to Duke showed a different kind of Moe Harkless. Put it this way: As an analogy to a classroom, Moe Harkless came to St. John’s as an “A” student. He aced every test that was put in front of him, participated in class, was a model student. He was someone you could point to and say, “Him, right there. He is a great student.” But after his 30-point, 13-rebound performance at Cameron Indoor, Harkless is showing how he has grown from the “A” student into a player who can dominate in the future. The biggest knock on him during his time in Queens has been his lack of aggressiveness, at time, through the first 20 games of his career. Then what happened against Duke? On his first touch of the game, … [Read more...]

Zone Defense Not Problem for St. John’s, Execution Is

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In the absence of head coach Steve Lavin, who continued to rest following prostate cancer surgery, Mike Dunlap’s team surrendered 21 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 14 times in a 78-64 loss Saturday evening at Carnesecca Arena. There were some who could have helped St. John’s rebounding deficiency. Problem was, they were spread out across the northeast; one in Philadelphia, one in New Hampshire, and one in Maine. But if you ask, this team will tell you ineligible players are no excuse, and they’re right. Systematically, there are ways for this team, with this size and depth, to win basketball games. Take a look at the loss against much more skilled and physical Arizona: the Red Storm were nearly even on the boards, … [Read more...]

St. John’s Loss to Texas A&M Shows Range of Emotions for 2011 Squad

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This post also appeared on NBC Sports Beyond the Arc. NEW YORK- Friday night’s heartbreaking 59-58 loss to Texas A&M showed, in just forty minutes of gametime, the range of emotions that St. John’s will endure this season. After lacking energy in the first half and falling behind by 11 in the first half, the Red Storm surged back to take the lead in the second half, up 58-57 with 22 seconds remaining. Texas A&M guard Elston Turner knocked down a jumper from the top of the with ten seconds remaining and St. John’s Nurideen Lindsey could not convert on either of two free throws with seconds remaining, allowing the Aggies to escape, 59-58. “What I shared with the team after was similar to last night, in terms of the talking … [Read more...]

The Shoeless Bandit: Malik Stith Steals Spotlight in 83-59 Win Over UMBC

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You wouldn’t have noticed if you weren’t paying attention. On Friday afternoon, junior guard Malik Stith sat behind the table in St. John’s media room, a table with a red, floor-length banner that obscured the lower half of his seated body, and took questions, preceding St. John’s Sunday matchup with UMBC. When the questioning had ended, Stith said, “Thank you,” got up, and left, heading out to, presumably, the St. John’s training room. As he walked out the door, it became apparent: that man isn’t wearing any socks or shoes. At that point, it was really just an anecdotal detail. When Stith eventually slid on some socks and tied his white and red Nikes for Sunday’s game versus UMBC, he put on one of the most impressive … [Read more...]

Why Steve Lavin’s Return Means Much More Than a Win Over Lehigh

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The minutes that preceded St. John’s matchup with Lehigh on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena seemed rudimentary. Despite a student section that was filling in nicely, general attendance was still sparsely populated and the few that were scattered through the seats collectively added to the low hum of voices that filled the arena. The Red Storm continued to warm up, all while knowing something that would change the course of their season, holding onto a secret that they, themselves, had just found out not a long while earlier. At 6:52pm, a great swell, just over one month in the making, washed with such force over those in Carnesecca, from one end to the other, inundated with a rare mixture of pride, relief, and, most … [Read more...]

How Nurideen Lindsey’s 17 Second-Half Points Lifted St. John’s to Victory

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William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver took a seat in the post game press conference and summed up his team’s performance simply and succinctly. “Good twenty minutes, bad twenty minutes,” he said. After a sluggish first half, highlighted by a barrage of three-pointers from William & Mary and a hesitant Red Storm offense, St. John’s headed to the locker room, down 33-26. And then something happened. In the second half, the Red Storm turned up the defensive pressure, using a 22-5 run and 17 second-half points from sophomore Nurideen Lindsey to defeat William & Mary, 74-59, Monday night at Carnesecca Arena, as part of the 2K Sports Classic. “I think when we were getting down, Coach [Dunlap] called a timeout and … [Read more...]