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St. John’s is Headed to The Big Dance

St. John’s is Headed to The Big Dance

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

March 17, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Breaking News, Men's Basketball, Sports

Despite stumbling into post-season play, St. John’s is headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season after receiving one of the final at-large bids to head to the NCAA’s Big Dance. Albeit last minute, but St. John’s will be playing Arizona State in one of the F...

Late Surge from Villanova Pushes them past #24 St. John’s

Late Surge from Villanova Pushes them past #24 St. John’s

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

Despite a roaring start from St. John’s, Villanova used a late game surge led by Phil Booth to down #24 St. John’s, 76-71, Tuesday night at the Finneran Pavilion. Booth, with his 23 points, and Eric Paschall, who contributed 25 points, led the Wildcats as they avenged last season’s home loss...

Breaking Down Tuesday’s Showdown with Marquette

Breaking Down Tuesday’s Showdown with Marquette

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

December 31, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

After a heart-breaking, controversial and draining loss to Seton Hall at the buzzer to close out 2018, St. John’s will have a chance to start off 2019 strong when #16 Marquette comes to Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday. While St. John’s can certainly feel jaded by the referees for the way the game...

St. John’s Falls in Dramatic Fashion in Big East Opener

St. John’s Falls in Dramatic Fashion in Big East Opener

Nick Bello, Social Media Manager

December 30, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

The Prudential Center was rocking Saturday night as the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team took on Seton Hall to open up their Big East schedule. Amidst the hype and the hoopla, both teams didn’t disappoint as fans were on the edge of their seats right down to the final seconds, with the Pirates...

COURTSIDE: Slick-O Mode

COURTSIDE: Slick-O Mode

Sean Okula, Staff Writer

November 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

Knocking down jump shots with a silky disposition, a left-handed assassin plays the lead role at Carnesecca Arena this winter. New York born and bred, he’s ingrained himself into a basketball culture that runs deep through the city’s soul. He’s one of St. John’s best, past or present. Oh, a...

The King of Queens is Back

The King of Queens is Back

Nick Bello, Social Media Manager

May 29, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Torch Photo/Nick Bello After what felt like an eternity of waiting for St. John’s basketball fans, multiple sources reported Tuesday evening that star guard Shamorie Ponds will return to Queens for his junior year. As a sophomore in 2017–18, Ponds averaged 21 points and has scored over 1,000 points fo...

Boubacar Diakite to Transfer from St. John’s

Boubacar Diakite to Transfer from St. John’s

Brendan Myers, Sports Editor

May 18, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Scroll

Without ever stepping foot on the court in a live game for the Red Storm, redshirt freshman Boubacar Diakite's St. John's basketball career is over. The 6-foot-8 wing from Mali is transferring from the program, per Zach Braziller of the New York Post.  He originally enrolled at St. John’s a year e...

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players Receive Awards

Sean Okula, Staff Writer

April 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball

Shamorie Ponds might not hear his name called on Draft Night, but he sure is padding that NBA résumé. He and fellow sophomore guard Justin Simon were recognized by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association with a pair of All-Met honors on Monday. Ponds earned a spot on the First Tea...

Men’s Basketball 2018-19 Roster Taking Shape

Men’s Basketball 2018-19 Roster Taking Shape

John Cavanagh, Staff Writer

April 18, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

It’s been nothing short of a crazy offseason for St. John’s, and the storm might not be over yet for the Red Storm. At the conclusion of a season that saw the Johnnies have some highlights, but fail to meet expectations, thoughts of next season were filled with newfound optimism. A combination of recr...

Winning Mentality Starts With Team Positivity

Winning Mentality Starts With Team Positivity

Gina Varvaro, Contributing Writer

March 25, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team started off the 2017-18 season with a bang.  Their 10-2 record was the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. But their success was fleeting. The team eventually spiraled into an 11-game losing streak, putting them in last place...

The Future of St. John’s at Madison Square Garden

The Future of St. John’s at Madison Square Garden

Nick Bello, Assistant Photo Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

It’s a late Saturday afternoon as Chris Mullin, head coach of the St. John’s basketball team, strolls into the media room at Madison Square Garden. His team has just lost in overtime to Big East rival Seton Hall in front of a packed crowd at the arena. What’s better than traveling to Mid...

For St. John’s, Winning Mentality Starts with Team Positivity

For St. John’s, Winning Mentality Starts with Team Positivity

Gina Varvaro, Contributing Writer

March 23, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team started off the 2017-18 season with a bang.  Their 10-2 record was the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. But their success was fleeting. The team eventually spiraled into an 11-game losing streak, putting them in last place in ...

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