Postgame Quotes: St. John's 96, Youngstown State 87

Felix Balamou earned the start after being activated on the roster prior to Saturday's game against Youngstown State.

Dec. 21, 2013

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Dec. 21, 2013

Head Coach Steve Lavin

Opening Statement:

“I thought considering we were down a man, playing without Rysheed Jordan, our kids showed some resourcefulness to get the W. Shooting 59 percent in the second half, we were very efficient and it was kind of a subtle, or quiet, near 100-point performance. There were some good things, but there are clearly areas we need to continue to work on and we are looking forward to being back at full strength again when Rysheed returns.”

On activating and starting Felix Balamou:

“We considered doing it six weeks ago because Felix had been playing so well in practice. His ankle injury has healed quicker than expected and his performance has continued to improve. It became more evident Felix can help us at both ends of the floor.”

On D’Angelo Harrison:

“I thought D’Angelo over the last two games has improved his shot selection. Every shot is on balance with his feet under him and when attracting multiple defenders, and he is now distributing the ball to his teammates. He’s in a real nice flow between his deep game, the mid-range game and getting to the rim where he can finish or get fouled. What I’m most pleased with today is the four assists and no turnovers.”
On the Red Storm's recent offensive output:

“I think when our defense is getting shutouts and stops, that fuels our offense and that’s when we can go on our runs. It’s more about getting a quality shot on offense, and today I think we did that.”
On Phil Greene IV:

“Phil is always understated, and my point there is the three assists, one turnover, three steals, 17 points, and picked up the two boards. He’s improved his shooting stroke from distance dramatically this year. He’s that steady engine for us and is a stabilizing force. He’s a program player, one of those guys that gives you continuity and leadership as you build a basketball program the way we have the last three years.”

Junior Guard D’Angelo Harrison

On breaking the St. John’s 3-point record:

“It feels great. I’m excited I got it but I think that’s a beatable record. I think someone else is going to get it. It’s good to have it and hopefully I hold onto it for a while, but I couldn’t have done it without these guys.”

On his journey from being suspended to record holder:

“It was just growing up. Coach stresses maturity with us every day. We all had to grow up, me especially, so I did that. I’m glad the team let me back and it looks like we’re going to be a great team so I’m excited.”

On how it feels to have the record after the journey he’s been through:

“It was hard to say in the beginning, but I thank Lav for suspending me. It made me change a lot of things about myself and I came back a better person. The guys see it, everybody sees it, so I thank him for that and I thank the guys for taking me back.”


Junior Forward Sir’Dominic Pointer

On the physicality of the game:

“We’re going into Christmas right now and nobody wants to go into Christmas with a loss. It leaves a salty taste on your mouth losing [before] Christmas. When you lose, you’re already down and you don’t want to be down on Christmas. You want to spend time with your family not worrying about the loss and waiting for the next game.”

On becoming an efficient scoring team:

“We’re trusting in our teammates. Over the last two years we’ve depended on two people to score the ball. Now, everybody is starting to come out of their shell and over the summer everybody was putting in work and has gotten better. Everybody has been putting up good numbers and shooting a good percentage. Our defense turns into our offense and in this game we had a lot of steals, a lot of turnovers and we got out and ran.”


Sophomore Guard Felix Balamou

On becoming activated and earning the start:

“Everything started during practice this year. I’ve been working on my game and my ankle was feeling better so I felt like maybe I should take a shot. My body was feeling good and my ankle is great so why not.”

Youngstown State Head Coach Jerry Slocum

Thoughts on the game:

"We played horrible defensively in the second half. We ended up giving up 59 percent from the floor. We didn't get back on defense. I thought we played great in the first half. I thought we got back on defense and we defended the ball pretty well. We had too many turnovers in the first half. I thought in the second half it was a layup-fest. They pushed it to a nine point lead, and then 11 and we came back and had it. Our thing is, our guys have to make some foul shots. Two guys who are 80 percent foul shooters, if they make 80 percent tonight, this game goes right to the wire."




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