St. John’s took the first step Sunday on what it hopes is a run to the NCAA Tournament, racing out to a big lead and holding off underwhelming DePaul, 72-64, at the Garden.
The real challenges loom starting Saturday at Marquette, followed by the Big East tournament.
For now, let’s take a look back at St. John’s victory on Sunday, which snapped a two-game losing streak:
D'Angelo Harrison recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists as the host Red Storm held off a late rally by the Blue Demons.
Sir'Dominic Pointer added 14 points for St. John's (19-11, 9-8 Big East), which shot 51.1 percent from the field. Orlando Sanchez chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role while Chris Obekpa registered a game-high 11...
St. John’s success over the last month has spread past the court, where the Johnnies have won nine of their past 10 games to play their way into the NCAA Tournament picture.
St. John’s recruiting profile has increased as well, in terms of the visibility of its coaches at high school events to the number of top recruits who have attended games as visitors.
Christ the King senior...
When St. John’s fell at DePaul on January 14th, it was the turning point for both teams. With the victory, the Blue Demons became 2-3 in the Big East and looked to be flirting with mediocrity.
They haven’t won since and instead reverted back to what they’ve always been under Oliver Purnell- the laughingstock of the league. St. John’s fell to 0-5 in league play with that defeat...
Tuesday didn't have too many marquee matchups, but it did feature several quality bubble games. Some teams were looking for resume-boosting wins, while others were just looking to avoid bad losses.
George Washington: The Colonials were in nearly every projected bracket heading into the week, but they were in the 9-10 seed range, which means a couple of losses would have...
St. John's starting center Chris Obekpa will sit out an estimated 10 to 14 days with a right ankle injury suffered in practice Monday.
An MRI on Tuesday revealed a sprain and a bone bruise. Obekpa has been ruled out for Tuesday night's home game versus Butler and Saturday's clash with No. 9 Villanova in Philadelphia. He's also likely to miss the home game versus...
As St. John's enters a key stretch in its quest for an NCAA tournament bid, the Red Storm will be without one of the best shot-blockers in the country.
Chris Obekpa will miss the next 10-14 days after suffering an ankle injury during practice on Monday. An MRI on Tuesday showed a sprain and bone bruise in Obekpa's right ankle.
“Chris is a central part of what we do on...
Over the last month, St. John’s has played eight games and won seven of them.
Thursday night’s performance at the virtually empty Prudential Center was probably the Red Storm’s worst performance in this run — but it was also their most revealing.
On a night when St. John’s was outrebounded, committed a season-high 19 turnovers and trailed virtually the entire way, but...
Chris Obekpa sank a free throw with 2.1 seconds left to give St. John's a 68-67 victory over Seton Hall on Thursday night.
D'Angelo Harrison's drive for a one-handed dunk with 1:32 left had tied the game at 67. Fuquan Edwin then missed a 3-pointer at the other end and St. John's (16-9, 6-6 Big East) called time out with 19.6 seconds left. That led to the pass inside...
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D'Angelo Harrison scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 to play, and St. John's beat No. 12 Creighton 70-65 on Sunday night for its sixth win in seven games.
Chris Obekpa tied his career high with 11 points for the Red Storm (15-9, 5-6 Big East), who avenged their only loss during that seven-game stretch.
Doug McDermott matched his nation-leading...
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27 days ago
Winners of five of their last six games, head coach Steve Lavin and the St. John's basketball team (14-9, 4-6 BIG EAST) clash with No. 12/12 Creighton only 12 days after the Red Storm nearly upset the Bluejays in Omaha. Lavin goes for his 200th career win and SJU looks to avenge the 63-60 decision dealt by the BIG EAST-leading Bluejays (Jan. 28) on Sunday at 7 p.m., this time...
D'Angelo Harrison scored 22 points and JaKarr Sampson 21 as St. John's won for the fifth time in its last six tries at Providence on Tuesday, 86-76.
The Red Storm (14-9, 4-6 Big East) placed four players in double figures. Rysheed Jordan netted 13 of his 18 points in the first half while Chris Obekpa contributed 10 points and five rebounds.
Providence's Bryce Cotton...
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February 04, 2014
A season of sky-high expectations was spiraling out of control, and the first few lines of the obituary had been written.
A little more than two weeks ago, St. John’s was off to its worst start in the Big East in a decade, having dropped its fifth straight game to open conference play — falling at home to Providence 84-83 in double overtime.
There was confusion and there was...
NEW YORK – Marquette had no answer for St John’s D’Angelo Harrison who scored 27 points or the St John’s length[12 block shots]as St. John's beat MU 74-59 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Derrick Wilson led Marquette(12-10, 4-5) with 14 pts as MU dropped into a 5th place tie with Seton Hall. St John’s dominated the middle with Center Chris Obekpa who had 8 of...
D'Angelo Harrison scored 27 points and was 6 of 11 from 3-point range as St. John's beat Marquette 74-59 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm's fourth win in their last five games.
Harrison, who leads the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game, did a lot more than shoot for the Red Storm (13-9, 3-6 Big East) as he finished with six rebounds, three assists...
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February 01, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- D'Angelo Harrison scored 27 points and was 6 of 11 from 3-point range as St. John's beat Marquette 74-59 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm's fourth win in their last five games.
Harrison, who leads the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game, did a lot more than shoot for the Red Storm (13-9, 3-6 Big East) as he finished with six rebounds...
“This is a year where we’re positioned to do something special.” — Steve Lavin, Sept. 28, 2013
Hype has turned into hot air. St. John’s NCAA Tournament hopes almost certainly hinge on a miraculous week at the Garden in March. The NIT isn’t even a given.
St. John’s, with its one win over a major-conference opponent in nine tries and zero Big East victories in the watered...
The losing streak ended Saturday night with a dominant second half performance. St. John’s got 16 points from Phil Greene IV and a fine all-around effort from Orlando Sanchez, eight points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, in its 69-55 victory over Dartmouth, the Red Storm’s first win in 22 days.
Despite the feel-good victory, St. John’s plummeted even further in the Big East...
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Christmas is coming and the college basketball season is getting exciting. For those of you die-hards who stayed up on Saturday night to watch the Baylor-Kentucky game (played in Arlington, TX at Cowboy Stadium) saw Big Blue get somewhat exposed by length and versatility in the frontcourt, while Kansas fell to a 40-foot floater in Boulder. While these...
Tipoff: 1:30 (December 7, 2013) Venue: Madison Square Garden2013-14 Team Records: Fordham (4-2) St. John's (5-2)Series Record: St. John's leads Fordham all-time 63-21 (Last St. John's victory was in 2012, Last Fordham victory was in 2010) Projected Starters for Fordham:(G) Branden Frazier 18.8 ppg. 5.2 apg.(G) Jon Severe 23.2 ppg 2.2 apg.(G...
D'Angelo Harrison scored 21 points and St. John's overcame a 15-point deficit for the second straight game, this time going on to a 69-58 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday in the third-place game of the Barclays Center Classic.
The Red Storm (5-2) used a 24-2 run in the second half to take control and offset Friday night's 89-82 overtime loss to Penn State.
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November 30, 2013
D'Angelo Harrison scored 18 points as St. John's tied a school record with 15 blocks and pulled away late in the second half for a 65-47 victory over Longwood Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena.
Sir' Dominic Pointer added 11 points for St. John's (4-1), which shot 37.3 percent (22-of-59) and made 3 of 19 from 3-point range. Phil Greene IV chipped in eight points while...
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November 26, 2013
2 weeks into the new season and it’s time to add the final group to the early season Draft Watch List. We’ve already seen some of these players in the new season, but it will have little effect on their overall preview.
These are not meant to replace scouting reports, which will come out during the season. These are not all-inclusive and just meant as a brief primer for...
The Matchup: No. 20 Wisconsin vs. St. John's Red Storm
When: Friday, Nov. 8 at 6pm CT
Where: Sioux Falls, S.D. - The Pentagon
Radio: Matt Lepay & Andy North - Yes, that Andy North...Could be worth hitting mute and turning up the radio
All-Time Series: 3-0 Wisconsin
Last Meeting: 2002 NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin W 80-70
The Opposition: ...
St. John's sophomore center Chris Obekpa has been suspended from the Red Storm's two exhibition games for a violation of university policy.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore, who led the NCAA last season with an average of 4.03 blocks per game, will miss exhibition games against San Francisco State on Nov. 2 and Humboldt State on Nov. 4.
The school said Friday that Obekpa would also...
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October 25, 2013