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Walker’s milestone highlights women’s basketball break

Walker’s milestone highlights women’s basketball break

Dylan Hornik, Assistant Sports Editor
January 25
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

Just over a month ago, the St. John’s student body left the anonymity of their dorms, put their MetroCards down and tossed their car keys away, content to spend the next five weeks resting at home after an arduous fall semester. For the women’s basketball team, though, the work had just begun....

Up and down winter break for men’s basketball

Up and down winter break for men’s basketball

Derrell Bouknight, Assistant Sports Editor
January 25
Filed under Basketball, Home Scroll, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

St. John's 93, Syracuse 60, Dec. 21 More than a year after St. John’s upset former Big East rival Syracuse in front of a full capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden, Chris Mullin’s team once again found themselves as the underdog four days before Christmas. For 40 minutes, the Red Storm dominat...

Naclerio’s unique path to basketball history

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
January 25
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

St. John’s alum Ron Naclerio knows a thing or two about winning. In fact, he probably knows around 758 things about winning. Naclerio, a graduate of St. John’s in 1979, has coached basketball at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, NY for 36 years and counting. In that time, he’s bec...

Missed opportunities spoil St. John’s upset bid against Villanova

Missed opportunities spoil St. John’s upset bid against Villanova

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
January 15
Filed under Basketball, Home Scroll, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Since the start of the Chris Mullin era in Queens, St. John's players, coaches and even fans have preached the ongoing "process" of rebuilding the Red Storm into the national power that they once were. Well, that process missed a golden opportunity to take a major step forward on Jan. 14. St....

St. John’s has three-game win streak snapped by Creighton

St. John’s has three-game win streak snapped by Creighton

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
January 5
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

In front of a raucous Carnesecca Arena crowd hungry for another top-25 upset, the St. John's Red Storm were unable to duplicate last week's magic. The Johnnies were overpowered and, at times, overmatched against No. 10 Creighton as they fell 85-72 to the Blue Jays for their first Big East loss. The...

Red Storm win second straight to open Big East Play

Red Storm win second straight to open Big East Play

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
January 1
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

After an inconsistent start to the regular season, the St. John's Red Storm may finally be finding their way. The Johnnies (8-7, 2-0) rang in the new year with another come-from-behind win as they topped DePaul 79-73 for their third straight victory on Jan. 1. The win gave St. John's its first 2-0...

Johnnies score upset at home over 13th-ranked Butler

Johnnies score upset at home over 13th-ranked Butler

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
December 30
Filed under Basketball, Home Scroll, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

When Brooklyn-native Shamorie Ponds announced his decision to stay home and play his college ball at St. John's, it was moments like this that he likely envisioned. A big home game against a ranked conference rival with an entire arena behind he and his teammates, trying to will them to victory. Well,...

Red Storm dominate Syracuse in the Dome, 93-60

Red Storm dominate Syracuse in the Dome, 93-60

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
December 22
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

For the third straight season, the St. John's Red Storm will remain "New York's Team." The Johnnies (6-7) powered past their in-state rivals Syracuse for a dominant 93-60 win at the Carrier Dome on Dec. 21. The win was the third straight for the Red Storm over the Orange after they had lost 15 of...

Center Yankuba Sima to transfer from St. John’s

Center Yankuba Sima to transfer from St. John’s

Carmine Carcieri, Co-Sports Editor
December 9
Filed under Basketball, Home Scroll, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

In the midst of a three-game winning streak, center Yankuba Sima has been granted his release from the St. John's men's basketball program. Sima informed head coach Chris Mullin of his desire to transfer out of Queens, and has been given permission by the program to talk to other Division I schools at...

Streaking Red Storm power past Fordham

Troy Mauriello, Co-Sports Editor
December 8
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

On Dec. 2, 2015 the St. John's Red Storm suffered one of their toughest losses of a very long and losing season. They looked overwhelmed, sluggish and were simply outplayed by their in-state rival, Fordham, in a 73-57 loss. But that St. John's team didn't have Shamorie Ponds. The super freshman...

St. John’s rides defense to consecutive victories

Dylan Hornik, Staff Writer
December 8
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll, Women's Basketball

The St. John’s women’s basketball team has established their identity. A 54-36 victory over Albany on Nov. 30 and a 64-46 triumph against Lafayette on Saturday asserted their stance as a defensive-minded team. The pair of home wins push the Red Storm’s record on the season to 4-3, as they have ...

Sluggish SJU falls at home to Delaware State

Sluggish SJU falls at home to Delaware State

Derrell Bouknight, Staff Writer
December 1
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena marked the first game for St. John’s after a Thanksgiving voyage to the Bahamas, where they lost three consecutive games to Michigan State, VCU, and Old Dominion. In a welcome-back game against Delaware State, the Johnnies were supposed to put the Hornets away with th...

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