CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The St. John’s Red Storm failed to capture a much sought after NCAA tournament victory as they fell to the San Diego State Aztecs 76-64 Friday evening. The loss marks the official end of the collegiate careers of Sir’Dominic Pointer, D’Angelo Harrison, Phil Greene IV, Jamal Branch, and Joey De La Rosa. Continue reading
It felt like déjà vu in the St. John’s locker room. Continue reading
The Big East conference kicks off in earnest today, and based on how the league performed during the first two months of the season, it’s quite clear that the Big East’s obituary was premature. Continue reading
There are three sides to every story, they say, and there are probably more to most college basketball games we watch over the course of the season. But Tulane’s visit to the Barclays Center was a pretty simple case of not a lot going in favor of the Green Wave, even before they stepped into the NYC limits.
There was surprise, but not shock when St. John’s found itself down 15 at the half Friday night against Saint Mary’s at Carnesecca Arena. After all, it was about time the Jarvis Curse – you know, the one that hasn’t seen the Red Storm win an NCAA Tournament game in 15 years – showed up, skittish Johnnies fans had been dreading its arrival, but after an 8-1 start that included a win at the Carrier Dome over Syracuse, maybe it was in hibernation, at least? Continue reading
Bevon Robin was at Madison Square Garden. Not in person, though the former Fordham guard may have caught his Rams take on St. John’s in the stands. What I mean is that the Johnnies’ play, early in the first half of Sunday’s game, was so uninspired that the intra-city match-up had the makings of a classic trap game. Continue reading
Judging by the spate of troubling news that afflicted St. John’s during the preseason, it was only natural to assume the Red Storm would again fail to reach the expectations set for the team since its core entered as freshmen four years ago.
Another week is in the books! St. John’s first game of the season at Madison Square Garden provided an early glimpse into what the Red Storm could be this season. Maybe (well probably) Steve Lavin’s team won’t score 1.50 points per possession during an entire game again this season, but if all the pieces are clicking the team is supremely talented. What other teams and players excelled this week?
The battle of the boroughs was a pretty one-sided affair for the boys from Queens. St. John’s ran out to an early lead and had a comfortable working margin for the entire game against St. Francis (NY) before capturing the 63-48 victory. Below is the shot chart from the second half and some thoughts about the game in general.