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St. John’s coach Steve Lavin was smiling and mild-mannered following a 67-51 loss to Georgetown in which the Hoyas led by as much as 26 points Saturday at Madison Square Garden. He didn’t air out the locker room after the game or chew out his players during the game for their failure to bring a top effort against a Georgetown team they knew would be desperate for its first Big East win after...Read more »
St. John’s was on the wrong end of a 58-56 loss to Rutgers Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, but the Red Storm continued its recent trend toward better rebounding and a stronger defense. Coach Steve Lavin got his team to make a remarkable transition from its Big East opener at Villanova, a 98-84 overtime loss, to Saturday’s surprising 53-52 win at then-No. 11 Cincinnati.
The same formula...Read more »
On media day, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison was going to be his point guard because good things happen when you put the ball in his hands. But when the Red Storm opened Big East play Wednesday night at Villanova’s Pavilion, Lavin inserted transfer Jamal Branch as the starter at the point in a three-guard lineup with Harrison and Phil Greene.
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There was a change in the top three this week as Quinnipiac and St. John’s swapped places. Stony Brook remains at No. 5, but Marist dropped two spots to seventh. Rider bursts into the poll at No. 6 after winning four of its last five games. Fairfield was idle, but dropped two spots to ninth due to Army moving up and Rider’s presence. Fordham is in the poll for the first time at 10th. Iona and Sacred...Read more »
There weren’t any changes to the top five. But there was a little movement in the bottom five as LIU moved up three spots to eighth after winning five straight. Wagner moved into the top 10 after two straight wins and Iona dropped one spot to ninth. Manhattan drops out of the poll after dropping two of its last three.
1. St. John’s (8-3) 2. Stony Brook (7-2) 3. Seton Hall (8-2) 4. Rutgers...Read more »
The dominoes continue to fall in college sports. And they will likely resume falling for the next several years before some final resolution is reached.
The Big East, which is clearly a sinking ship, took another stiff body blow when it was confirmed that its seven non-FBS football schools plan on breaking away from the league to form their own conference. St. John’s, Seton Hall, DePaul, Georgetown,...Read more »
Hofstra: The Pride (3-7) has had a rough go of it lately, particularly on offense. The Pride has failed to reach the 60-point plateau in four of its last five games. Mo Cassara’s crew remedied that a bit on Saturday with its 88-84 loss at LIU. The loss still hurts, but Hofstra did find a new weapon. Penn State Taran Buie scored 29 in the loss. It was the fifth straight game the sophomore guard has...Read more »
In the latest “Where Are They Now” segment we’ll focus on a couple of former local area coaches who moved on after last season. Jim Ferry, who led LIU to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, is coaching at Duquesne, while Kim Barnes Arico, who built St. John’s into a perennial tournament team, is currently running the show at Michigan.
On Jim Ferry: Off the court, Jim Ferry loved what...Read more »