St. Johns Basketball News
1-26-15: The St. John’s Red Storm have had a tough go of things in the last few weeks as the team started the
season with a strong 11-1 record before losing three straight games to start their Big East schedule. The
Red Storm avenged those losses with a big victory over Providence that left their overall record at 12-4
on the Men’s College Basketball season while St. John’s improved their conference record to 1-3. St.
John’s started their week off by traveling to DePaul’s Allstate Arena to take on their Big East rivals in the
DePaul Blue Demons. During the contest DePaul and St. John’s went back and forth for much of a night
in a game that could not be decided in regulation. DePaul came storming back in the second half to
force an overtime period behind 20 points from Billy Garrett Jr. and 19 points from Myke Henry. St.
John’s attack was led by 17 points each from Rysheed Jordan and Phil Greene IV but it was not enough
to prevent the extra period. When the overtime period was said and done the Blue Demons had taken
down the Red Storm by the final score of 71-67. The Red Storm then finished their week off by staying
home inside Madison Square Garden to play host to the Marquette Golden Eagles. During the contest
both teams played each other close for much of the game and the game went down to the wire.
Marquette jumped out to an early lead before St. John’s came from behind to win the game by the final
score of 60-57. Marquette’s offensive attack was led by 21 points from Matt Carlino but it was not
enough in the loss for the Golden Eagles. Meanwhile St. John’s enjoyed four starters that scored in double figures in the narrow victory for the Red Storm. St. John’s finished their week off by posting an overall record of 13-5 (2-4 Big East). Catch St. John’s next week as the team stays home to play host to a tough team in the #4 ranked Duke Blue Devils before finishing their week off out on the road taking on the Creighton Bluejays inside CenturyLink Center Omaha.
1-22-15: The St. John’s Red Storm came into the new week ranked #24 in Men’s College Basketball this season after a tough week last week. St. John’s came into the week losers of three straight games with all three
of those games coming from inside the Big East Conference. The Red Storm has already lost to Seton
Hall, Butler and Villanova from the Big East which has left their overall record at 11-4 on the season and
0-3 inside the Big East. St. John’s fourth loss came against the only ranked team they played this season
when the team took the loss against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. St. John’s started their week off by playing
their only game of the week against the Providence Friars. The Friars were the home team in the contest
as the game was played inside the Dunkin Donuts Center. During the contest St. John’s got their first win
in the Big East this season with a strong first half and strong guard play all game long. Providence’s
leading scorer was LaDontae Henton who scored 22 points while Kris Dunn added 17 points but many of
those came in the second half. By then Phil Greene IV, D’Angelo Harrison, Rysheed Jordan and
Sir’Dominic Pointer had the game well in hand for the Red Storm. That foursome combined for 75 points
for St. John’s as the Red Storm went on to beat Providence by the final score of 83-70. St. John’s finished
their week off by posting an overall record of 12-4 (1-3 Big East). Catch St. John’s next week as the team travels to DePaul’s Allstate Arena to take on the DePaul Blue Demons before finishing their week off at home when the team plays host to the Marquette Golden Eagles.
1-12-15: The St. John’s Red Storm came into the week fresh off their second loss of the season and first in Big East play at the hands of Seton Hall. The loss dropped St. John’s record to 11-2 on the season which left the team ranked #15 in Men’s College Basketball this season. St. John’s started their week off by staying home inside the Carnesseca Arena to play host to their Big East rivals in the Butler Bulldogs. During the contest St. John’s jumped all over Butler in the first half and looked well on their way to their first conference victory of the season before the Bulldogs staged a comeback. Butler’s pesky attack was led by 28 points from Kellen Dunham as the Bulldogs once again refused to go down without a fight. Butler roared all the way back despite 31 points from D’Angelo Harrison and ultimately beat St. John’s by the final score of 73-69. For the Red Storm’s final game of the week the team stayed home once again inside Madison Square Garden to play host to the #8 ranked Villanova Wildcats in another Big East matchup for both schools. During the contest Villanova’s thoughts presumably went towards another overtime period as the Red Storm played the Wildcats tough and close. Villanova trailed by one point at halftime before exploding in the second half behind 21 points from Darrun Hilliard II and 15 points from Dylan Ennis. Villanova posted a whopping 57 points in the half as the team went on to handedly beat St. John’s by the final score of 90-72. The Red Storm attack was led by 25 points from D’Angelo Harrison but the Wildcats second half push was too much to overcome for St. Johns. St. John’s finished their week off by posting an overall record of 11-4 (0-3 Big East). Catch St. John’s next week as the team plays a single game on the road inside the Dunkin Donuts Center against the Providence Friars. The matchup against Providence marks fourth Big East conference game of the young season for the Red Storm.
1-2-15: The St. John’s Red Storm came into the week with a very impressive 10-1 record on the season which has propelled the team to the #17 ranking in the Men’s College Basketball rankings. The only blemish to the Red Storm this season came at the hands of then #10 ranked Gonzaga who narrowly beat St. John’s by just seven points. Gonzaga has been the only ranked opponent for the Red Storm this season which explains the high ranking with such an impressive record. St. John’s started their week off by traveling to Tulane to take on the Tulane Green Wave as a part of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival. During the contest St. John’s used a 47 point first half to propel their team to an easy 82-57 victory over Tulane. The Green Wave attack was led by 15 points from Jonathan Stark but it was not enough to overcome a game high 24 points from Sir’Dominic Pointer and 21 points from D’Angelo Harrison for the Red Storm. St. John’s shot 51% from the field as a team in their 11th victory of the young Men’s College Basketball season. St. John’s finished their week off by traveling to Seton Hall and the Prudential Center to take on the Seton Hall Pirates. During the contest St. John’s was quickly put on upset alert as Seton Hall took a five point lead with them into the locker room at halftime. St. John’s led a charge and a comeback attempt in the second half behind 25 points from D’Angelo Harrison but that try fell just short. Seton Hall and five players that scored in double figures were able to survive the Red Storm en route to a 78-67 victory over St. John’s. St. John’s finished their week off by posting an overall record of 11-2 which left the team ranked #15 in Men’s College Basketball. Catch St. John’s next week as the team stays home all week to host a pair of games against the Butler Bulldogs and the #7 ranked Villanova Wildcats.
12-26-14: The St. John’s Red Storm took a four game winning streak into a week in which the team had a pair of games to play before taking a long Christmas break. In the first game the Red Storm played host to the Saint Mary’s Gaels at home inside Carnesecca Arena and were quickly places on upset alert. St. John’s was held to just 18 points in the first half while Saint Mary’s posted 33 points to take a big lead into the second half. Saint Mary’s attack was one dimensional as Brad Waldow scored 26 points and none of his teammates scored more than 6 in the contest. In the second half St. John’s simply double teamed Waldow forcing tough shots and staged a second half comeback that was complete with a 53-47 victory for the Red Storm’s fifth straight victory. St. John’s remained home for their final game of the week as well when the team played host to the Long Beach State 49ers inside Madison Square Garden. St. John’s once again fell victim to a sluggish start although the Red Storm did take a narrow four point lead with them into halftime before Chris Obekpa and Phil Greene IV took over. Long Beach State was held to just 29 points in the second half while St. John’s posted 42 points in a 66-49 victory over the 49ers for their 6th straight victory. With the victory St. John’s improved their overall ranking to #17 in the nation and their overall record to 10-1. Catch St. John’s next week as the team hosts the Tulane Green Wave before traveling to Seton Hall to take on the Seton Hall Pirates inside the Prudential Center.
St. John's History
When discussing all-time college basketball programs, St. John's is certainly in the discussion for one of the most storied teams. St. John's has been a member of the Big East Conference since it originally formed in 1979 and has remained in the conference throughout all the realignments since the mid 2000's. While St. John's hasn't had consistent success since the early 90's, they still rank eighth all-time in wins in NCAA Division I men's college basketball. The majority of St. John's success came under Lou Carnesecca, who was 526-200 as a coach for the Red Storm in two separate coaching terms (Carnesecca spent a few years coaching the New Jersey Nets before returning to St. John's). Lou brought the Red Storm to a postseason tournament every season in his 24-year career with St. John's, including an appearance in the 1985 Final Four (considered one of the best Final Four's of all-time). Carnesecca, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992, was named the National Coach of the Year in 1983 and 1985.
St. John's has produced a couple of outstanding college basketball players including Walter Berry and the all-time great Chris Mullin, both of which won the National Player of the Year Award. Current head coach Steve Lavin has brought St. John's back to their winning ways, leading them to a winning record in three of his first four seasons as at the helm, with a fourth on the way. St. John's plays some of their home games at the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden, where St. John’s basketball tickets continually remain in high demand.