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QUEENS, N.Y. -
St. John's first men's basketball exhibition contest of the 2012-13 season takes place on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 p.m. when the NCAA Division II Sonoma State Seawolves make the cross-country trip to Carnesecca Arena. The contest will follow the No. 13 Red Storm women's exhibition contest vs. NCAA Division III squad Farmingdale at 2 p.m.
For men's basketball season ticket holders, Thursday's tickets will be honored for Saturday. Single-game tickets to Saturday's men's exhibition are $20 for the general public and free for STJ students. For tickets, fans can stop by the Carnesecca Arena ticket office beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday's exhibition games are ticketed separately. The 2 p.m. women's basketball exhibition will feature the nationally-ranked Red Storm and is a free event for all fans. Carnesecca Arena doors open at 1 p.m. Fans will have to exit the arena temporarily following the contest and re-enter for the men's game with a ticket.
The Red Storm men's and women's Saturday exhibitions will both be carried live nationally on ESPN3 as a production of the newly-created St. John's Television Network (STJ-TV). Announcer Tony Luftman and "The Coach" Tim O'Toole will bring fans all of the men's action from courtside, joining the raucous crowd of Red Storm fans expected to be on hand in Queens
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From West To East
Saturday's men's exhibition contest vs. NCAA Division II squad Sonoma State will pit St. John's head coach Steve Lavin against one of his own former coaches in Seawolves' bench boss Pat Fuscaldo. Fuscaldo was a graduate assistant coach at San Francisco State when Lavin was a basketball student-athlete for the Gators during 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons.
Said legendary San Francisco State Sports Information Director Sam Goldman, a CoSIDA Hall of Famer, "Steve was typical of the San Francisco State basketball players. All about the same caliber but all were smart players. Those guys were very knowledgeable student-players. They used their brains as much as they used their physical skills. There is a lot of respect among that group."
St. John's Snapshot
Lavin's returning core includes BIG EAST All-Rookie team member D'Angelo Harrison, combo guard Phil Greene, swingmen Sir'Dominic Pointer and Amir Garrett, and big man God'sgift Achiuwa.
St. John's nationally-ranked No. 8 recruiting class is comprised of eight standout student-athletes representing five countries, with many who played in the New York area in the past several seasons. The elite group includes West African guard Felix Balamou, French shooter and playmaker Marco Bourgault, Texas A&M transfer point guard Jamal Branch, sharpshooting Harvard transfer Max Hooper, stalwart power forward Christian Jones, top 20 Nigerian center Chris Obekpa, 2011-12 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council AAA Player of the Year and National Prep Championship Tournament MVP JaKarr Sampson and Dominican-born JUCO All-America forward Orlando Sanchez.
Red Storm Relief Effort
St. John's is doing its part to aid in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Fans can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Fans can also donate non-perishable food items and clothing while attending Saturday's exhibition doubleheader and Tuesday's exhibition vs. Concordia (Ill.). Donation bins will be located in the lobby of Carnesecca Arena.
On Deck - Coaches vs. Cancer for Concordia (Ill.)
For its second exhibition, St. John's will welcome the NCAA Division III Concordia Cougars, from Chicago, Ill., and head coach Tyler Jones to Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Jones, a prostate cancer survivor who has told his story on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," has credited Lavin's April 2011 announcement about his battle with the disease as the impetus behind Jones' own diagnosis and successful treatment.
The game will have a Coaches vs. Cancer theme, featuring cancer awareness programs and initiatives, and fans are encouraged to "Dress like Coach Lavin" by wearing sport coats and sneakers. Both coaching staffs will don that look for the game.