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Steve Lavin: 'I enjoy the riddle'

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin talks to

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There’s no joy in losing for any coach. But unlike the panic and frustration St. John’s fans might feel after a 0-5 start in Big East play, things look different from the head coach’s seat.

Coach Steve Lavin on Saturday night acknowledged feeling as if he were “in the desert with no oasis in sight.” But in the next breath, he added, “I enjoy the challenge of this riddle in terms of getting...

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Mo Cassara to host charity clinic

Hofstra University men's basketball head coach Mo Cassara

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Former Hofstra basketball coach and current ESPN analyst Mo Cassara is will host the “Community Coach Basketball Clinics” at Molloy Center Gym in Point Lookout on Sunday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 9.

Sessions for girls ages 7 to 15 on both dates will run from 1:00 to 2:30. Sessions for boys ages 7 to 15 will run from 3:00 to 4:30.

Coach Cassara will have several of his former players...

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Red Storm feeling pressure of losing

St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer charges up the court

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If ever St. John’s wanted to get off to a fast start out of the gate this season, it was Thursday night against Providence at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm came into the game off four straight losses to start Big East play, including a blown lead at the end of a loss to so-so DePaul two nights earlier on the road.

But after two opening foul shots by God’sgift Achiuwa, St. John’s got buried...

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Hofstra and Stony Brook to renew rivalry

A composite image of the Hofstra and Stony

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After a three-year hiatus, it appears as if Hofstra and Stony Brook will resume their rivalry in athletics.

According to the softball schedule on both university websites, the teams will play each other at Stony Brook on April 10.

The last time the two schools contested each other in any sport was in men's and women's tennis on April 14, 2011. Stony Brook defeated Hofstra 7-0 in both...

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Steve Pikiell praises bench play

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy tries a layup against

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The three-game suspension of senior guard Anthony Jackson, one of Stony Brook’s tri-captains, coincided with the real start of America East play if you dismiss the one December league game. But the Seawolves scored a 23-point victory last Sunday at Hartford without Jackson and followed up with a 67-47 triumph over Binghamton Wednesday night at Pritchard Gym.

Carson Puriefoy III stepped into...

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Rutgers tops WBB poll, St. John's 5th

UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis drives to the basket against

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Rutgers continues to roll and held onto to the top spot in the latest Metro Hoops women’s poll. Iona is up two spots to No. 2 after a 73-71 win over Marist. The Red Foxes dropped one place to third. Fordham drops one place to fourth, while Seton Hall stayed at No. 5.

St. John’s won two straight and is up one place to sixth, while St. Francis drops won spot to seventh. Stony Brook, Army and...

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Manhattan tops hoops poll, Columbia 2nd

Northport graduate Luke Petrasek plays for Columbia against

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Manhattan stays No. 1 in the poll after splitting two games last week. Columbia gets a huge surge, up four places after winning its third straight. Princeton drops one spot after a loss to Penn and Stony Brook falls one place after splitting two contests last week.

Quinnipiac moves up two places after winning three of its last four, while Seton Hall fell two spots after two consecutive losses....

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Rysheed Jordan takes command

St. John's Rysheed Jordan takes an inside shot.

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Highly recruited freshman point guard Rysheed Jordan has had moments this season that hint at his promise for St. John’s. There was his 13-point effort and tough defense in a loss to No. 2 Syracuse and his career-high 17 points in a loss at Xavier.

But the Philadelphia native really stepped up against a foe from his hometown in the Red Storm’s 74-67 loss to No. 8 Villanova Saturday afternoon...

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Hofstra ready for CAA challenge

Hofstra guard Zeke Upshaw dribbles upcourt against Manhattan

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With low expectations and a roster that was halfway overhauled after a difficult 2012-2013 season, Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said one of the Pride’s goals this year was to “surprise everyone”, especially when CAA play begins.

The Pride’s non-conference schedule was nothing to fool as they battled the likes of Louisville, George Washington, Richmond and a red-hot Manhattan team.

Mihalich...

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Stony Brook poised for conference play

Stony Brook's Anthony Jackson sets to shoot. (Jan.

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Stony Brook saw both ends of the spectrum during the non-conference portion of its schedule.

From a high-scoring Toledo team averaging 85 points per game to a defensive-minded St. Francis NY squad that held nine of its 15 opponents to 65 points or less, the Seawolves saw just about everything.

"We had the opportunity to face teams that represented all styles of play,” Stony Brook...

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