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St. John’s begins the season as the top team in the Metro Hoops poll. After a 25-point, 13-rebound performance by Aliyyah Hanford in the Red Storm’s season-opening win against Sacred Heart, they will be a hard team to supplant. Rutgers, Seton Hall and Marist make out the top four, while Sacred Heart sits at No. 5.
Fordham and Hofstra are sixth and seventh, followed by Iona, Quinnipiac and...Read more »
After a 2-0 start to the season, Stony Brook begins the season as the top season in the Newsday Metro Hoops Poll. Manhattan, after an impressive double overtime win over La Salle, checks in at No. 2, while St. John’s sits at 0-3 despite a loss to Wisconsin to opens its season. St. Francis starts the season at No. 5 after an impressive 66-62 OT win over Miami, while LIU-Brooklyn takes the fifth spot...Read more »
Last season was good to the New York City metro-area college basketball teams as four squads (Stony Brook, St. John's, Iona, LIU Brooklyn) made post season appearances.
Will there be a repeat of that success? You can make a strong case for it. Stony Brook and St. John's are loaded, while Iona returns five of its top seven scorers. LIU Brooklyn returns one of the nation's top passers, while...Read more »
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....Read more »
St. John’s will play in the Maggie Dixon Classic on December 22 at Madison Square Garden for the third straight season, the school announced Monday. It will be the third straight season the Red Storm will play in the Classic.
St. John’s will face Texas A&M at 11:00 a.m. Reigning NCAA champion Connecticut will face California in the second game.
The Classic is held in memory of former...Read more »
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.
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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.
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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...Read more »
Two St. John's men's basketball players and one Notre Dame player were suspended for a game each following a fight at the end of their game Tuesday.
Sir'Dominic Pointer of St. John's and Notre Dame's Cameron Biedscheid were both ejected immediately after exchanging blows at the end of Notre Dame's 66-40 win in Souith Bend, Ind. Amir Garrett of St. John's was also ejected or leaving the bench.
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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.
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