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Steve Lavin on St. John's win over Creighton: 'We found ourselves'

Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) shoots against St. John's

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Admit it. After St. John’s lost its first five Big East games, it was virtually impossible not to write this off as a third straight lost season. But coach Steve Lavin persisted in comparing this team to his first Red Storm team that overcame a so-so start to finish third in the Big East and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Somehow, some way, Lavin and a group of individual parts have come...

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Steve Lavin averts disaster

St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer celebrates after getting fouled

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As victories go, St. John’s 77-76 squeaker over Seton Hall Thursday night at Carnesecca Arena wasn’t exactly a confidence booster. It could have been. The Red Storm had a 15-1 run to build 65-48 lead with exactly nine minutes remaining.

But instead of easing across the finish line at the end of a blowout, the ending was a torturous litany of mistakes and misplays that have characterized the...

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Red Storm feeling pressure of losing

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

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

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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St. John’s warms up for Wisconsin

St. John's guard Sir'Dominic Pointer reacts next to

(Credit: AP Photo Joe Raymond)

No one will mistake Division II Humboldt State as a credible sparring partner for St. John’s, but if nothing else, the Red Storm got an ego boost and worked up a good sweat as it pounded the Lumberjacks, 106-39 Monday night at Carnesecca Arena.

The final tuneup for Friday night’s season opener against Big Ten power Wisconsin in Sioux Falls, S.D. went far more smoothly than Saturday’s nail-biting...

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