Athletics to honor 1985 Final Four team

All throughout the 2009-10 season, the St. John’s Athletic Department will be celebrating the accomplishments of the
1985 Final Four men’s basketball
team. Next month, the fans
get to join the festivities.

Prior to the Red Storm’s
Feb. 11 game against Louisville at Madison Square Garden, the St. John’s Athletic
Department will hold a reception
and ceremony in honor of the 1985 team at
The Garden’s Theater Lobby.

Members of the team, including Chris Mullin, Walter Berry, Bill Wennington and
coach Lou Carnesecca will be
in attendance to greet fans and
reminisce about the season.

At halftime, the team will be introduced and honored on the court.

Tickets are $150 each and can be obtained through the Athletic Development Office.

In 1985, the then-Redmen reached the Final Four for the second time in program
history, rattling off noteworthy
wins against Southern University, Arkansas, Kentucky, and an Elite Eight match with
North Carolina State during
which Mullin scored 15 of his
25 points in the second half.

“With five seconds left in the game, I looked up at the clock and kept thinking,
‘We’re going…we’re going.’

I am very much elated to think I’m finally going [to the Final Four] after [coaching]
1,000 games,” Carnesecca said during the postgame press conference. “When
I’m going to my grave, this
I’ll remember.”

The Redmen’s run
ended at the hands of Patrick
Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas
77-59. Earlier in the season,
the Johnnies defeated Georgetown
in Landover, Md. to
overtake the No. 1 national
ranking, but Georgetown
won the next two meetings,
including the now infamous
“Sweater Game,” during
which Georgetown snapped
the Redmen’s 19-game winning
streak, and Big East Tournament title game.