St. John's Storms Away From St. Francis, 63-48, To Win One For Lavin|
Nov. 22, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. (AP) - St. John's fans looking toward the bench at the beginning of Tuesday's contest may have found it interesting to see who was there, and see who was missing. Head coach Steve Lavin - continuing on a modified schedule as he continues to recuperate from prostate surgery just over a month ago - missed the game, while rookie sharpshooter D'Angelo Harrison was on the bench for the first time in his young career, ready to provide a boost as the sixth man.
By the end of the contest, however, Harrison led the way with a career-high 21-point performance in a reserve role, keying the Red Storm to a 63-48 win against Brooklyn squad St. Francis (N.Y.) and winning one for the head coach.
Harrison finished 4-of-5 from 3-point range and the Red Storm (4-2) were 6-of-10 as a team from long distance. Freshman swingman Moe Harkless added 18 points for St. John's, while rookie Sir'Dominic Pointer had a career-high 10.
Stefan Perunicic had 13 points for the Terriers (0-4), who still have five games left on their season-opening road trip.
St. John's started the game just 1-of-9 and the game was tied at 2-2 with 16:11 left in the opening half, before the Red Storm used a 9-0 run to grab an 11-2 lead. A 3-pointer by Harkless and back-to-back treys by Harrison, including one on a fast break, quickly gave St. John's a 14-point advantage, 20-6, with 7:32 remaining. The Red Storm extended its lead to as much as 16 in the first half, 29-13 with 4:24 left, but the Terriers closed on a 9-2 run and trailed 31-22 at the break. St. John's quickly extended its lead in the second half as a Harrison 3-point play capped a 10-0 run that gave the Red Storm a 41-24 advantage with 14:32 to play, and St. John's never looked back.
Lavin missed the game as he continues a modified schedule following successful surgery to treat prostate cancer.
"At this point in the recovery process, I am pleased to be cancer-free. With my recuperation process in mind, I am continuing on a modified schedule in an effort to enhance my stamina and energy level," said Lavin. "I will work in concert with Coach [Mike] Dunlap and our staff as we continue to develop our basketball team."
Lavin has coached in four of the Red Storm's six games this season, including back-to-back contests on Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, against then-No. 15/16 Arizona and then-No. 19/18 Texas A&M at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Sports Classic. He then spent the weekend on the road recruiting for two-straight days. Assistant coach Mike Dunlap took the Red Storm reins, as he did for St. John's two exhibition wins and its season-opening victory over William & Mary (Nov. 7, 74-59).
St. John's continues non-conference play at Carnesecca Arena on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m. vs. Northeastern (ESPN3).
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