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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...

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...

SJU stymied by youth in Battle 4 Atlantis

SJU stymied by youth in Battle 4 Atlantis

Carmine Carcieri, Co-Sports Editor
December 1
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

After a 2-1 start to the 2016-2017 regular season, the St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team took a step up in competition as they made their way to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. As one of the premiere preseason tournaments in college basketball, the Battle 4 Atlantis con...

Courtside: International Impact

Courtside: International Impact

Kaylee Herndon, Staff Writer
November 27
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Roughly 10 minutes before open practice began on St. John’s Media Day, sophomore guard Federico Mussini and sophomore center Yankuba Sima began taking some warm up shots together.  Mussini and Sima have experienced being both teammates and rivals. Outside of St. John’s basketball, each represe...

Courtside: Just Scratching the surface

Courtside: Just Scratching the surface

Derrell Bouknight, Staff Writer
November 22
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

They believe last year was nothing to worry about, a year where some of the team’s youngest players were forced to step into pivotal, sometimes unexpected roles. A hall-of-fame head coach, a revamped roster and a record that didn’t reflect what they had hoped for. They slowly crept in, their elevated frames ...

Courtside: The recruiting maestro

Courtside: The recruiting maestro

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief
November 22
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

For the Red Storm’s assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih, Carnesecca Arena is more than just a basketball court - it’s home. A former student manager for the basketball team, the 2007 SJU graduate rejoined the school where he got his start in 2015 as an assistant coach. Describing his return as ...

Courtside: Brooklyn’s finest ready to conquer Queens

Courtside: Brooklyn’s finest ready to conquer Queens

Carmine Carcieri, Co-Sports Editor
November 22
Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

When Chris Mullin accepted the position as head coach of the basketball team at his alma mater, St. John’s University, the first thing he stressed was how he wanted to re-build the Queens program by dominating New York City. Once upon a time, St. John’s was filled with city players, like Mullin hi...

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