Nov. 22, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - Red Storm head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin will miss the St. John's-St. Francis game on Tuesday evening 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 five games this season (2-2), 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 will take 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).
Lavin's surgery was performed on Oct. 6, 2011, by Peter T. Scardino, M.D. of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.
St. John's (3-2) squares off against Brooklyn-squad St. Francis (0-3) at 9 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm-Terriers tilt can be seen in its entirety on ESPN3.