Oct. 31, 2005
QUEENS, N.Y. - Head men's coach Norm Roberts, women's coach Kim Barnes Arico and the St. John's University men's and women's basketball teams invite all fans to the 2005-06 Red Storm Basketball Tip-Off, a season-opening event scheduled for Nov. 3 at Carnesecca Arena. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the festivities are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
ADMISSION IS FREE to all fans who wish to catch a sneak-preview of the 2005-06 Red Storm basketball teams. The teams will be introduced and both Coach Roberts and Barnes Arico will address the fans about their expectations for the upcoming season. Both teams will scrimmage as part of what is sure to be an exciting evening of contests, prizes, giveaways and performances at St. John's Queens Campus.
Brandon Tierney of ESPN Radio 1050 will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, along with public address announcer Dave Gildea, the "Voice of Carnesecca Arena."
A $25,000 half-court shot contest sponsored by Campus Activities highlights the evening's giveaways. Fans will take home other premium prizes including gift certificates from Aeropostale and free movie tickets. T-shirts and other prizes will also be distributed during the event.
Roberts and the Red Storm take open their season with an exhibition contest against the head coach's alma mater, Queens College, on Monday, Nov. 14. Five starters return for the men's team, including the BIG EAST's top returning scorer Daryll Hill (Queens, N.Y.) and do-it-all big man Lamont Hamilton (Brooklyn, N.Y.). With a solid returning group and the addition of four highly-touted newcomers, a deeper and more athletic St. John's team will take the floor in 2005-06.
On the women's side, Barnes Arico and the Red Storm return nine letterwinners and all five starters. The team posted a 20-11 record a season ago and advanced to the Second Round of the Postseason WNIT. Barnes Arico, now in her fourth season on the St. John's sideline, was selected as the 2005 Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.