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Postgame Quotes: St. John's 104, Fordham 58
 
 

Junior Sir'Dominic Pointer finished one rebound shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
 
Junior Sir'Dominic Pointer finished one rebound shy of a triple-double with 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
 

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Dec. 7, 2013

Head Coach Steve Lavin
Opening Statement:

” Looking at the stat sheet, a couple of things stand out that clearly are really encouraging for this team as we try to make progress. The 29 assists against only 9 turnovers show they really looked for one another today, a number of occasions today where they made the two, three, four extra passes.  I thought they were aggressive, but also probing, investigating, looking for the best available shot.  In transition, we looked for one another very well. I think on the half court, the skip passes, the short corner, the high post area, they were purposeful, more prudent use of the balance, which is something that obviously pleases the coach.”

On the strength of the team:

“This is a team where it’s going to be different people on different nights, so that’s  a strength of the group. We have five or six players who are capable on any given night to torch the nets. On a night like this, everyone torched the nets.  That’s nice but what’s good is a young player like Rysheed [Jordan] is still coming along and growing in the maturation process or the transition from high school to college. When you have a surrounding group of veterans who can carry the load, then it doesn’t put undue pressure on a player like Rysheed. This is just a unique group, they’re a fun group to coach.  They’re eager and they know they have a long way to go.  We’re a couple of months away from hitting our stride, but I think we made some progress today.  It was a step in the right direction.”

On reaction to tonight’s win:

“There’s a real pragmatic side of me that doesn’t get too fired up after a win or too down after a loss.  It’s more like ‘let’s get better.’   We’re the same group that lost a close game to Penn State and tonight we won by 46. We’re the same group, I can see it.  Because I’ve coached so long I know this is just part of development, part of the process. I thought today was a step in the right direction, but by no means, have we arrived.  There are a number of things that I’m happy with, but we have so far to go before we’re going to be a competitive team at this level.”

 

Sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson

On the team’s 104-58 victory over Fordham:

“We had everybody clicking today. Orlando Sanchez had his coming out party tonight, he’s great. I was telling everyone before the season that he can do a little bit of everything and you saw that today. He can pass the ball, he can score, he can do it all. Marc-Antoine Bourgault came in and had a good night. That performance was pretty close to what I envisioned. It was fun to sit back and watch your teammates do well and cheer them on from the bench.”

On the team’s upcoming matchup against Syracuse:

“It’s always fun to play Syracuse. It’s always a packed house. It’ll be my first time playing Syracuse at The Garden so it’s going to be fun to see how it goes. Our coaching staff has been doing a great job with the scouting report and we have to work on attacking their zone.”

                                                                      

Junior guard D’Angelo Harrison

On the team’s 104-58 victory over Fordham:

“It was our first game at Madison Square Garden and we showed how we’re capable of playing. We had 29 assists and only nine turnovers. This is how we play and it’s going to be tough to beat us.”

On the Red Storm’s practices during the week leading up to the game against the Rams:

“We had a great week of practices for about three or four days in a row. We worked hard for this and it showed. Like JaKarr said it was nice to sit back and watch.”

On Fordham’s forward Jon Severe:

“He’s a great player. Him and Branden Frazier are two key guys. We knew if we could shut them down and not let them have easy looks, it would be a long night for them.  We took care of business and they struggled tonight.”

 

Senior forward Orlando Sanchez

On his first performance at Madison Square Garden:

“This was my first time playing in Madison Square Garden, everybody dreams to play here. I went out there and I took it. Today I had to shoot it and I did.”



 

 

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