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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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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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Steve Lavin: Fewer threes, please

Orlando Sanchez poses for a portrait at the

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The box score sometimes offers a blueprint for how a game went beyond the final score. That was the case for St. John’s 73-57 victory over Wagner in its home opener Friday night at Carnesecca Arena.

The one figure that jumped off the page like a red warning light was the Red Storm’s 0-10 shooting from three-point range. That means St. John’s (1-1) is 2-for-23, which is 8.7 percent, for the...

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St. John’s warms up for Wisconsin

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

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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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St. John's Obekpa suspended

Chris Obekpa goes hard to the rim in

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St. John’s sophomore center Chris Obekpa was suspended for the Red Storm’s Tip-Off as well as the team’s two exhibition games against San Francisco State scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3, the University announced Friday. The 6-9 graduate of Our Savior New American was suspended for university policy.

“We expect our student-athletes to conduct themselves in a responsible manner in representing St....

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Rysheed Jordan commit is big St. John’s win

Steve Lavin of the St. John's Red Storm

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The pieces are falling into place for St. John’s coach Steve Lavin, who landed the most important one yet when Philadelphia point guard Rysheed Jordan verbally committed to the Red Storm Thursday morning. With the help of top recruiter Tony Chiles, Lavin essentially wooed Jordan out from under the nose of Temple coach Fran Dunphy as well as third finalist UCLA, Lavin’s former employer.

That’s...

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Steve Lavin, Jay Wright look forward to new Big East

St. John's head coach Steve Lavin calls out

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St. John’s coach Steve Lavin found it difficult to reflect on the end of the traditional Big East conference in the immediate aftermath of the Red Storm’s 66-53 second-round loss to Villanova in the league tournament Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. And really, Lavin has just three years coaching in the league and sat out most of last season recovering from prostate cancer surgery.

But...

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Sir’Dominic Pointer learns hard lesson

St. John's guard Sir'Dominic Pointer is pulled away

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Everyone on St. John’s was crushed when Marquette’s Vander Blue drove for the winning layup in the Golden Eagles' 69-67 overtime victory in the regular-season finale Saturday at Madison Square Garden. But no one took it harder than Sir’Dominic Pointer.

Ordinarily, Pointer (No. 15 pictured) would have been assigned to cover Blue, but he was suspended for a game for throwing a...

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Orlando Sanchez vs. NCAA: The 3:38 year

Dominican Republic's Orlando Sanchez, left, dribbles around Cuba's

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No matter how many times the NCAA reviews the eligibility case of St. John’s forward Orlando Sanchez, it keeps coming to back to the same conclusion – under a rule that says any organized basketball activity after the age of 21 constitutes a year of eligibility, the three-minute, 38-second appearance Sanchez made with the Dominican Republic national team in 2010 counts as one full year.

In...

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D’Angelo Harrison struggles in St. John’s loss

D'Angelo Harrison of St. John's dribbles away from

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Operating without departed Moe Harkless to relieve the defensive pressure this season, St. John’s leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison has struggled mightily in a couple of big spots. On Feb. 2 in Washington, Harrison recorded the first 0-fer of his collegiate career with a 0-for-9 shooting performance at Georgetown, and he came close on Sunday in St. John’s 63-47 loss to Pitt in which he made just...

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