Postgame Quotes: St. John's 73, Wagner 57

Sophomore JaKarr Sampson posted 13 points and seven rebounds in St. John's 73-57 win over Wagner on Nov. 15.

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Nov. 15, 2013

Head Coach Steve Lavin

Opening Statement:

“I thought we made progress tonight in all the areas that needed to be addressed after our Wisconsin loss. The big picture for us is that we made progress. Incremental, but I thought we were better tonight on the defensive end of the court than we were against Wisconsin. There were some nice individual performances as well, but the important thing is that we got the W. Now we have to get ready for Bucknell, another NCAA-caliber team.”

On Rysheed Jordan’s performance:

“Tonight Rysheed didn’t have a strong showing offensively. At this level, I’ve never had a freshman that didn't have some degree of a learning curve. He’s doing other things besides scoring that impress me and we like what Rysheed brings to the table. I’m impressed with his overall development and I think he will have a strong freshman year.”

On 3-point performance:

“Naturally we want to make threes. I actually didn’t like some of the threes we took and wish we played through the paint more. We want to make threes, so don’t get me wrong. I think we’re a better team when we’re fueling our offensive attack through our defense and playing through the paint. We can be very productive offensively without making threes.”

On D’Angelo Harrison:

“He’s as gifted an offensive player as I’ve coached. He has a knack for scoring and can put up points in a variety of ways. I’m pleased with the progress, from a maturation standpoint, both on and off the court.”


Junior Guard D’Angelo Harrison

On his return to the team this season:

“The guys do a good job at swinging the ball, but it feels good to be back. I can’t do it without my teammates. Every bucket is off of an extra pass, there was one steal I got that I created for myself, but other than that my team allows me to get open too.”

On his expectations for the year:

“After today, we have ten more home games, so we’re trying to take care of business at home and then enter BIG EAST play. We want to get into a good position to be in the top twenty-five so we can enter BIG EAST play that way.”

On Rysheed Jordan’s performance:

“He is in a rough patch, but he will get out of it, he is that kind of player. We will probably be in the gym tomorrow and work everything out. He’s a great player he will figure it out.”


Sophomore Forward JaKarr Sampson

On athleticism and transition play:

“I feel like that’s just our game, our defense creating our offense. That’s the way we are built. We’re an athletic team and we got to use that, get the ball out quick and push it.”

On Rysheed Jordan:

“He’s a confident player. He’s the type of player that has high expectations for himself. so maybe he needs to take a deep breath and relax. I feel like I’m the same way, I put so much pressure on myself that it can have a negative effect on your game.”


Wagner Head Coach Bashir Mason

On D’Angelo Harrison:

“D’Angelo is hard to guard. He just finds ways to score and get to the free throw line. Every big basket they needed, he wanted it and he came up with it.”

On Wagner’s strategy against St. John’s:

“We wanted to make them guard 15 seconds or more. We saw them play against Wisconsin and when they guarded deep into the possession, there were some breakdowns. For us defensively, we wanted to make them shoot 3s. It’s still early in the season, but against Wisconsin they shot 15 percent from the 3-point line and tonight they didn’t make one against us. We didn’t want them to shoot quickly, but we wanted them to be a perimeter shooting team.”

On how Wagner played against St. John’s:

“I thought we played them equal for 30 minutes. You can’t go against any opponent, let alone a BIG EAST opponent, and only play them 30 minutes. You have to play them 40 plus minutes if you want to have a chance to win.”




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