Great Dates In St. John's Basketball History

Dec. 6, 2007

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Dec. 6, 1907
St. John's plays first varsity game, falling to NYU, 34-13.

Jan. 3, 1908
St. John's gains first varsity victory, defeating Adelphi, 18-17.

Dec. 10, 1908
Ted Jollon becomes first St. John's player to score 20 points, totaling 21 in a 47-20 win over Cathedral.

Dec. 3, 1909
St. John's defeats St. Stephen's, 96-5, setting school record for widest margin of victory (91) and fewest points allowed (5).

Feb. 17, 1911
St. John's concludes 14-0 season with 32-27 win over Rochester and is named National Collegiate Basketball Champion by Helms Athletic Foundation.

Jan. 27, 1917
Only time St. John's plays twice in one day, losing to Navy in the afternoon and to St. John's of Maryland in the evening.

Jan. 12, 1922
Vince O'Brien scores 29 of St. John's 31 points in a 32-31 loss to Fordham. (George Keenan had the other two.)

Jan. 14-17, 1925

1924-25 St. John's Team


Longest road trip, four games in four days. St. John's loses to Holy Cross (29-26); defeats Boston University (29-18); defeats Chicopee Falls AC (35-22) and loses to Springfield (27-23).

Dec. 3, 1927
Buck Freeman's first game as coach. St. John's beats CCNY, 26-21.

Dec. 4, 1929
"Wonder Five," together for the first time, defeats Columbus Council K of C, 32-29, in overtime.

Jan. 19, 1931
St. John's defeats CCNY, 17-9, in first college game at Madison Square Garden, a special charity game arranged by Mayor Jimmy Walker. CCNY does not score a field goal until the final minute.

Feb. 7, 1931
NYU beats Wonder Five, 27-23, for only loss in 21-1 season and snaps 24-game win streak over two seasons.

Feb. 20, 1931
St. John's beats Carnegie Tech, 24-18, with game filmed for the first time for news film.

Dec. 31, 1931
St. John's beats Manhattan, 16-6, in perfect game at Madison Square Garden, as the Jaspers fail to score a field goal.

Jan. 27, 1932
First intersectional game on the schedule as St. John's defeats DePaul, 35-21, at Arcadia Hall.

Dec. 9, 1932

St. John's vs. Iona in the "new" DeGray Gym.


First game in the "new" DeGray Gym. St. John's defeats St. John's of Maryland, 34-10.

Dec. 29, 1934
First regularly scheduled double-header at Madison Square Garden. St. John's loses to Westminster, 37-33, and NYU defeats Notre Dame, 25-18.

Dec. 4, 1936
Joe Lapchick's first game as coach. St. John's beats Seton Hall, 48-24.

Feb. 12, 1937
First double overtime game on the St. John's books. St. John's defeats St. Joseph's, 39-38.

Feb. 4, 1939
St. John's beats West Virginia, 51-50, at DeGray Gym. St. John's comes from behind to win on Ralph Dolgoff's shot at the buzzer. Many old-timers consider this the most exciting St. John's game of all time.

March 15, 1939
St. John's makes its first appearance in the National Invitation Tournament and defeats previously unbeaten Roanoke, 71-47. Bill Lloyd scores 31 to become the first St. John's player to break the 30-point mark.

Feb. 12-14, 1940
The first of the "Walter T. McLaughlin" road trips to the west. St. John's beats Loyola of Illinois at Chicago, 43-27, and Bradley, 37-35, in double overtime in Peoria.

March 10, 1941
St. Francis students kidnap Chief Blackjack and St. John's students kidnap St. Francis Captain Tony Bragnetz. After an exchange, St. Francis beats St. John's, 55-41.

Dec. 22, 1942
Old grad John "Taps" Gallagher returns to DeGray Gym with his Niagara team and stuns St. John's, 46-40.

Feb. 8, 1943
Harry Boykoff goes berserk against St. Joseph's at Madison Square Garden, scoring 45 points in a 76-46 win. (Boykoff's 399 points and 16.6 average set then-St. John's season records).

March 29, 1943
St. John's beats Toledo, 48-27, to win the first of its six National Invitation Tournament championships.

Apr. 1, 1943
St. John's, NIT champ, loses to Wyoming, NCAA champ, in Red Cross benefit game at Madison Square Garden. The score is 52-47 in overtime.

March 24, 1944
St. John's defeats DePaul, 47-39, to win second consecutive NIT championship. Coach Joe Lapchick faints in second half and St. John's takes the lead while he is ill ("I dealt strategy a helluva blow," commented Lapchick). Bill Kotsores named MVP.

March 30, 1944
St. John's plays in Red Cross Benefit, as NIT champ against NCAA winner, Utah. Utah wins 44-36.

March 21, 1945
St. John's loses to Bowling Green, 57-44, in NIT semifinals, snapping seven-game win streak in postseason play.

Feb. 7, 1946

First flight in 1946


St. John's makes first road trip by plane to Boston College and defeats Eagles, 69-44.

Feb. 15, 1947
Harry Boykoff is first St. John's player to score 1,000 career points in 46-36 win over Niagara at Buffalo.

March 11, 1947
Harry Boykoff scores 54 points and sets MSG scoring record as St. John's beats St. Francis, 71-52. This record was later broken.

Dec. 17, 1947
Frank McGuire wins first game as coach, as St. John's beats Iona, 66-46. Larry Jacobson scores 23 points.

Nov. 23, 1948
Al McGuire bows as a St. John's player. Joins brother Dick as St. John's beats Fort Monmouth, 93-27.

Nov. 23, 1949
Bob Zawoluk takes first step in becoming the next career scoring leader with 1,826 points. Scores 12 points in 56-47 win over Arnold. Zawoluk is currently fourth on the St. John's all-time career scoring list.

March 3, 1950
Bob Zawoluk scores 65 points, the St. John's all-time single-game record, as St. John's beats St. Peter's at DeGray, 105-61. He totals 588 points, marking the first time a St. John's player goes over 500 points and averages 20 points a game.

Feb. 8, 1951
Zawoluk reaches career 1,000-point mark in 68-61 win over John Carroll at Cleveland Arena. He scored 650 that year.

March 24, 1951
St. John's concludes post-season play with a 71-59 win over NC State in third place game of NCAA Eastern Regional. St. John's also finished third in NIT. Team wins 26 games, the most in a season.

March 26, 1952
St. John's loses to Kansas, 80-63, in NCAA championship game at Seattle. Team also plays in NIT and participates in Olympic trials.

Dec. 5, 1952
In Al DeStefano's first game as head coach, St. John's beats Roanoke, 72-55.

March 14, 1953

St. John's loses to Seton Hall, 58-46 in NIT championship, after upsetting St. Louis, La Salle and Duquesne.

Dec. 6, 1956
Joe Lapchick returns as coach. St. John's beats Merchant Marine Academy, 96-48.

Dec. 8, 1956
In last game at DeGray Gym, St. John's beats Roanoke, 103-65, for a career record at DeGray Gym of 156 wins to only 11 losses (.934 winning percentage).

Dec. 15, 1956
St. John's defeats Rhode Island at Madison Square Garden, 115-70. Team sets what was then the all-time team scoring record for one game.

Feb. 28, 1957
St. John's longest game, a three-overtime, 61-59 loss to Manhattan at the Garden.

March 15, 1958
St. John's beats Utah, 71-70, in NIT semifinals on national television. Lou Roethel's shot at the buzzer wins it.

Dec. 29, 1958
St. John's wins ECAC Holiday Festival with 90-79 victory over St. Joseph's.

Feb. 14, 1959
Alan Seiden hits 17-of-21 free throws against Fordham, setting what were then school records for free throws made and attempted for a single game.

March 21, 1959
St. John's takes third NIT title with double overtime victory over Bradley, 76-71. Tony Jackson sets school record with 27 rebounds in the game.

Dec. 6, 1961
Alumni Hall opens with the team beating George Washington, 79-65.

Jan. 13, 1962
Paul Silas of Creighton sets opponent rebound record with 24 as St. John's wins, 72-52.

Dec. 21, 1962
First loss at Alumni Hall, a 65-57 setback to Rhode Island.

Jan. 2, 1965
St. John's shocks No. 1 Michigan, 75-74, to win ECAC Holiday Festival.

March 20, 1965
Joe Lapchick ends his long career with a 55-51 win over Villanova as St. John's wins its fourth NIT championship. McIntyre brothers, Ken and Bob, and Lloyd "Sonny" Dove combine to score 48 of St. John's 55 points.

Dec. 4, 1965
Lou Carnesecca's first game as coach. St. John's beats Georgetown, 64-62, in overtime in Washington, D.C.

Dec. 7, 1965
St. John's reaches century mark for the first time in Alumni Hall, with a 100-62 win over George Washington.

Jan. 12 & 19, 1966
St. John's avenges Syracuse defeat with 66-65 win over Orangemen in Alumni Hall. A week later, St. John's beats St. Joseph's, ranked third nationally, 82-72.

Dec. 27, 1968 - Jan. 4, 1969
St. John's beats North Carolina, ranked second nationally, 72-70, in ECAC Holiday Festival, then loses in championship game to UCLA and Lew Alcindor, 74-56. St. John's meets second-ranked Davidson in Charlotte and wins 75-74 on Billy Paultz's last second shot.

Dec. 26-30, 1969
St. John's leaves the continental United States, plays in the Hawaii Rainbow Classic. Pete Maravich of LSU scores 53 in 78-70 win over St. John's.

Feb. 3, 1970
St. John's defeats Rhode Island at Kingston, R.I., in game called by a leak in the plumbing. Game was postponed and continued the following day.

March 2, 1970
Lou Carnesecca wins his 100th game, as St. John's defeats Boston College, 71-64.

March 21, 1970
Lou Carnesecca leaves St. John's. In his final game, St. John's loses to Marquette in NIT championship.

Dec. 5, 1970
Frank Mulzoff's first game as coach. St. John's defeats American University, 83-75.

Feb. 20, 1971
St. John's records 1,000th win with a 74-67 triumph over Temple at Alumni Hall.

Dec. 11, 1971
Mel Davis grabs 26 rebounds, which was then a single game St. John's record, in 103-84 win over Seton Hall.

Dec. 18, 1971
St. John's scores its most points in a loss, falling to Marshall in overtime, 110-107.

Feb. 8, 1972
Mel Davis reaches career 1,000-point mark in 86-75 win over Notre Dame at South Bend. He was the second of five St. John's players to achieve this in only two seasons.

March 21, 1972
St. John's ends Oral Roberts' 26-game winning streak in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament with a 94-78 victory.

Dec. 26-30, 1972
St. John's wins third Holiday Festival title, beating Grambling (112-86), Tennessee (56-55), Michigan (85-83) and South Carolina (86-79). Billy Schaeffer, who scores 104 points, is named MVP. He averages 24.7 points per game, a single-season record that still stands.

Nov. 30, 1973

Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca.


Lou Carnesecca returns. St. John's beats Jacksonville, 69-64, in Clemson's IPTAY Tournament.

Dec. 27-30, 1974
St. John's beats Rhode Island, 78-56, South Carolina, 78-77, in overtime, and Providence, 91-78, to win the Ocean State Classic at Providence. Mel Utley is MVP.

Nov. 28-29, 1975
St. John's debuts its own Joe Lapchick Memorial Tournament, defeating Colgate (74-51) and Manhattan (79-72) to win the title.

Dec. 12-13, 1975
St. John's defeats Tulsa and Brigham Young to win the Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah. Frank Alagia is MVP.

March 6, 1976
St. John's is defeated by a 27-0 Rutgers team, ranked third in the nation, 70-67, in the ECAC-Metro Tournament.

Dec. 16, 1978
Reggie Carter scores 39 in win over Brigham Young for Alumni Hall record by St. John's player. (Overall record was 41 by Ernie DiGregorio of Providence, but Malik Sealy currently holds the record with 43).

March 9-18, 1979
Despite being the last team invited to the NCAA Tournament, St. John's advances to the East Regional final by defeating Temple, Duke and Rutgers before bowing to Penn, 64-62. With St. John's defeating Duke and Penn beating North Carolina on March 11, this day will always be remembered as "Black Sunday" in the ACC.

Dec. 1, 1979
St. John's defeats defending NCAA champ Michigan State, 88-73, to win the Lapchick Tournament.

Dec. 26-28, 1979
St. John's beats Lafayette and Boston College for fourth Holiday Festival title. David Russell is named Most Valuable Player.

Jan. 5, 1980
St. John's defeats Connecticut, 83-73, in its first BIG EAST Conference game.

Feb. 1, 1980
St. John's wins 17th straight game, 64-63, over Rhode Island at Providence for what was then a "modern" St. John's record.

Feb. 3, 1980
St. John's loses to eventual national champion Louisville, 76-71, in the first-ever televised game at Alumni Hall.

Dec. 29, 1981
St. John's captures its fifth ECAC Holiday Festival title with a 94-89 victory over Villanova at Madison Square Garden. Chris Mullin is named MVP.

Nov. 20, 1982
St. John's defeats Michael Jordan and North Carolina, 78-74, in overtime in the Tip-Off Classic in Springfield, Mass. Chris Mullin and Kevin Williams are named Co-MVPs.

Dec. 27 & 29, 1982
St. John's wins its sixth ECAC Holiday Festival title with victories over BYU, 75-64, and Wake Forest, 72-65. David Russell is named MVP.

Jan. 20, 1982
David Russell scores 17 points in win over Syracuse, surpassing 1,000 points for his career.

Feb. 15, 1983
Billy Goodwin scores 19 points against Boston College to surpass 1,000-point milestone for his career.

March 5, 1983
Chris Mullin reaches 1,000-point mark in just 58 games. St. John's defeats Pittsburgh, 91-73. Mullin scores 20 in the contest.

March 10-12, 1983
St. John's captures its first BIG EAST Tournament title with victories over Pittsburgh, 64-53, Villanova, 91-80, and Boston College, 85-77. Chris Mullin is named MVP.

Feb. 11, 1984
Lou Carnesecca becomes St. John's all-time winningest coach with a 68-62 win over Connecticut. It was Carnesecca's 335th career victory, surpassing his mentor, Joe Lapchick, who held the record with 334 wins.

Feb. 21, 1984
St. John's shocks Georgetown, 75-71, at the Capitol Centre. This would be the Hoyas' last loss of the season en route to their national championship.

Dec. 12, 1984

Chris Mullin surpasses Bob Zawoluk as the all-time leading scorer in St. John's history.

Dec. 15, 1984
St. John's is shocked by Niagara, 62-59. The Purple Eagles were the only team other than Georgetown to beat St. John's that year.

Jan. 14, 1985
The famous Lou Carnesecca sweater makes its debut in a St. John's victory over Pittsburgh at Fitzgerald Field House.

Jan. 23, 1985

Chris Mullin


Chris Mullin scores his 2,000th career point in an 82-80 overtime win against Syracuse at The Garden.

Jan. 26, 1985
St. John's defeats the No. 1-ranked Hoyas, 66-65, to become the top-ranked team in the nation. St. John's held the No. 1 ranking until Feb. 27, 1985.

Feb. 23, 1985
St. John's defeats Syracuse 88-83 for its 14th straight BIG EAST Conference victory. No. 1-ranked St. John's loses to the No. 2-ranked Hoyas, 85-69, at Madison Square Garden, snapping a 19-game winning streak and a 14-game conference winning streak.

March 2, 1985
St. John's defeats Providence, 72-53, ending the conference regular season with a record-breaking 15-1 mark and clinching the regular season title. St. John's defeats NC State, 69-60, to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1952.

Nov. 22, 1985

Feb. 27, 1985

March 24, 1985

1985 Final Four Team


St. John's defeats Navy, 66-58, in the first ever Preseason NIT game at Hartford, Conn.

Jan. 11, 1986
Walter Berry becomes the second-fastest player in St. John's history to reach 1,000 points for his career (Bob Zawoluk was the fastest). Berry scored 26 points in the 79-74 victory over Georgetown at The Garden.

Feb. 3, 1986
Mark Jackson sets a then-school record with 16 assists against Providence. St. John's won the game, 85-61, at Alumni Hall.

March 1, 1986
St. John's defeats Seton Hall, 82-70, to clinch a tie for the BIG EAST Conference regular-season title.

March 8, 1986
Ron Rowan's jumper with seconds left and Walter Berry's block on Syracuse's "Pearl" Washington led the team to its second BIG EAST Tournament title with a 70-69 victory over the Orangemen. This marked coach Lou Carnesecca's 400th career win.

Nov. 28, 1986
St. John's sets a then-school record by scoring 126 points against Southern at Alumni Hall. Willie Glass leads the team with 33 points.

Walter Berry


Feb. 14, 1987
St. John's loses to Providence, 79-78, ending a 30-game Alumni Hall winning streak.

Feb. 21, 1987
One week after snapping a 30-game Alumni Hall winning streak, St. John's loses to Kansas at MSG (62-60), snapping a 14-game Garden streak.

Dec. 30, 1987
St. John's defeats eventual national champion Kansas, 70-56, to win its 10th ECAC Holiday Festival.

March 29, 1989
St. John's defeats St. Louis, 73-65, to capture the school's fifth National Invitation Tournament title. Jayson Williams is named Most Valuable Player.

Nov. 22, 1989
Greg "Boo" Harvey hits a foul-line jumper at the buzzer to lead St. John's past DePaul, 53-52, and send St. John's into the final of the Preseason NIT.

Nov. 24, 1989
St. John's loses to Kansas, 66-57, in the Preseason NIT. St. John's becomes the only school ever to reach the finals of the NIT twice in the same year.

Dec. 9, 1989
Robert Werdann blocks seven shots against Hofstra, setting a school record for blocks in a game.

Feb. 14, 1990
Greg "Boo" Harvey scores 40 points and hits a three-pointer at the buzzer to seal an overtime victory over Seton Hall, 90-81. This marked the first time a St. John's player scored 40 or more in a game since Bill Schaeffer scored 40 against Grambling in 1972.

Nov. 24, 1990
St. John's scores a school-best 135 points against Central Connecticut State in the final of the Lapchick Tournament. St. John's wins the game, 135-92, setting a school record for most points by two teams (227) in a game. Malik Sealy scores 43 points to break Bill Schaeffer's record for most points by an St. John's player at Alumni Hall.

Feb. 2, 1991
Lou Carnesecca wins 500th game as Jason Buchanan scores 26 points to lead the team past Seton Hall, 81-65, at Madison Square Garden.

Jan. 11, 1992
Malik Sealy becomes only the second St. John's player to surpass the 2,000-career point mark as St. John's defeats Boston College, 85-72, in Alumni Hall.

Jan. 31, 1992
Lou Carnesecca is elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

March 2, 1992
St. John's clinches at least a tie for the BIG EAST title with a 65-49 win over Georgetown at The Garden.

Apr. 13, 1992
Lou Carnesecca retires as head basketball coach with a 526-200 career record.

Apr. 29, 1992
Brian Mahoney is named the 14th head basketball coach in St. John's history.

Dec. 1, 1992
Brian Mahoney wins his first game as the head coach as St. John's defeats St. Francis (N.Y.), 101-68.

March 1, 1993
St. John's clinches a second-place finish in the BIG EAST with a 90-70 win over Syracuse at Madison Square Garden. St. John's was chosen to finish ninth in the pre-season poll.

March 18, 1993
St. John's defeats Texas Tech, 85-67, to give head coach Brian Mahoney his first NCAA Tournament win.

Nov. 18, 1993
St. John's loses to Towson State in Alumni Hall in the Preseason NIT (66-65), snapping a 22-game winning streak and a 62-game winning streak vs. non-conference opponents.

March 11, 1994
St. John's loses to Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament, marking the first losing season and the first time St. John's did not appear in a postseason tournament in 30 years.

August 1994
St. John's changes its nickname to the Red Storm and introduces its new mascot and logo.

Dec. 22, 1994
St. John's defeats Fordham, 76-65, in Alumni Hall to record the school's 1,500th victory and become the fourth NCAA Division I institution to reach that milestone. North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas are the other three.

March 16, 1995
Felipe Lopez scores 11 points against South Florida in the first round of the NIT to tie Chris Mullin's freshman scoring record of 498 points. St. John's loses the contest, 74-67.

Nov. 25, 1995
St. John's loses to the Cal-Irvine Anteaters 83-77 in the finals of the Joe Lapchick Memorial Tournament, marking the first loss ever in the Lapchick. St. John's had won the previous 20 titles and went into the game with a 41-game tournament winning streak.

Dec. 27-29, 1995
St. John's loses to Iona, 70-57, in the first round of the Chemical Bank ECAC Holiday Festival at the Garden. The loss marked the first time since 1978 that St. John's did not reach the finals of the tournament. St. John's defeated Rider in the consolation game, 79-69. Zendon Hamilton was named to the All-Tournament team after posting double-doubles in both contests.

Jan. 13, 1996
Rowan Barrett scores a career-high 32 points to lead St. John's past Denny Crum's Louisville Cardinals, 86-64, in a nationally televised game.

Jan. 27, 1996
St. John's shocks sixth-ranked Georgetown at the Garden, 83-72, in a nationally televised contest. Sophomore Felipe Lopez led the way for the Storm with 25 points.

Apr. 8, 1996
St. John's embarks on a new era as Fran Fraschilla is named the 15th head basketball coach in the school's history.

Nov. 30, 1996
St. John's defeated Hofstra 77-54 at Alumni Hall to give Fran Fraschilla his first victory as the new St. John's head coach.

Dec. 7, 1996
Both Charles Minlend and Felipe Lopez surpass the 1,000 career point mark in the same game. The Red Storm lost to No. 5 Villanova, 82-70, at Madison Square Garden.

Dec. 26, 1996
Zendon Hamilton becomes the 37th player in St. John's basketball history to surpass the 1,000 career point mark. Hamilton poured in 18 against Manhattan en route to a 68-61 St. John's victory.

Dec. 28, 1996
St. John's wins its 12th ECAC Holiday Festival title with a 67-55 win over Georgia Tech. Charles Minlend is named MVP and Zendon Hamilton is named to the All-Tournament team.

Jan. 8, 1997
St. John's snaps a 46-game home winning streak by the Connecticut Huskies with a 71-67 in overtime win at the Hartford Civic Center.

Feb. 26, 1997
St. John's sets three new BIG EAST Conference records in rebounding. St. John's outrebounded Seton Hall 64-33 for a +31 rebounding margin. Both marks are new BIG EAST records. St. John's also finished the BIG EAST regular season with an overall +8.3 rebounding margin after this game, surpassing the old record of +7.4 set by Pittsburgh in 1986-87. St. John's won the game 66-62.

Jan. 19, 1998
The Red Storm stun eighth-ranked Connecticut, 64-62, at Madison Square Garden to mark their first victory over a nationally ranked opponent since defeating the No. 6 Georgetown Hoyas on Jan. 27, 1996.

Feb. 7, 1998
Felipe Lopez surpasses Bob Zawoluk to become the school's third all-time leading scorer after posting 17 points against West Virginia. Lopez finished his career with 1,926 points.

Feb. 24, 1998
St. John's registers its 13th conference victory with a 67-65 win over the 23rd ranked Syracuse Orangemen at the Carrier Dome. The game marked the most BIG EAST wins for a St. John's team since 1985-86.

March 13, 1998
Red Storm returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993. For St. John's, the appearance marked its 24th time in the NCAAs, which ranks as the seventh most appearances by any school in NCAA history.

June 11, 1998
Mike Jarvis becomes the 16th head basketball coach in school history.

Nov. 16, 1998
Mike Jarvis records his first win as head coach at St. John's by dismantling UNC-Asheville, 105-50, in the first round of the Preseason NIT at Alumni Hall.

Jan. 24, 1999
In an epic contest with No. 2-ranked Duke, St. John's and junior Bootsy Thornton burst into the national spotlight by taking the Blue Devils to overtime before losing at MSG, 92-88. Thornton would pour in 40 points and star in a game that will long be remembered as "one of the best ever played at Madison Square Garden."

March 6, 1999
St. John's loses to Connecticut (the eventual NCAA National Champion) in the title game of the BIG EAST Tournament to finish as runner-up and advance as a No. 3 seed in the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

March 13-18, 1999
The Red Storm advance to the Sweet 16 by upending Bobby Knight's Indiana Hoosiers 86-61 in Orlando, Fla. St. John's would go on to earn a berth in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament by defeating the No. 2-seeded Maryland Terrapins in Knoxville, Tenn., 76-62.

March 20, 1999
Ohio State ends St. John's dream of a Final Four trip with a thrilling 77-74 loss in the South Regional Final in Knoxville. Lavor Postell is named to the All-South Regional Tournament Team.

Feb. 26, 2000
A raucous crowd welcomed the Red Storm to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a battle against then No. 2 Duke in Durham, N.C. Just when you thought the two teams could never duplicate their 1999 contest, St. John's edges the Blue Devils, 83- 82. This victory would also be a part of NCAA lore, as St. John's became the first team in NCAA history to defeat the national champion and runner-up from the previous season (Connecticut), in a seven-day span.

March 11, 2000
Erick Barkley returns from a brief "leave of absence" to lead the Red Storm to its first BIG EAST Title in 14 years, as backcourt mate Bootsy Thornton steals the show as Most Outstanding Player in an 80-70 triumph over conference rival UConn. The "Beast of the East" moniker returns to New York City as the team reclaimed the crown last held by Hall of Famer Lou Carnesecca's 1986 squad.

March 12, 2000
St. John's would be rewarded for its stellar play by receiving a No. 2 seed in the West Regional and travel to the University of Arizona for a first round matchup with Northern Arizona. It would be a bitter-sweet trip, as St. John's would top the Lumberjacks but fall to Gonzaga in round two to end their NCAA Tournament run.

Feb. 2, 2003
Marcus Hatten scores a game-high 22 points to lead St. John's to a 77-74 win over Miami at Madison Square Garden. In the process, he becomes the program's 41st player to record 1,000 points in his career.

March 2, 2003
Inspired by a sellout crowd and a national television audience, Marcus Hatten scored a game-high 29 points to lift St. John's to a stunning upset of Duke, 72-71, at Madison Square Garden. The Red Storm trailed by 11 points, 71-60, with 4:05 remaining and used a 12-0 run to come back for the win.

March 6, 2003
Marcus Hatten sets a career-high with 44 points, scoring 31 points in the second half, en route to a 75-59 win over Rutgers at Madison Square Garden. It was the fourth-highest single game performance in St. John's history.

March 10, 2003
Marcus Hatten earns first-team All-BIG EAST honors for the second-straight year. He finishes his BIG EAST career averaging 23.0 points, bettering the league's all-time scoring record of 22.6, set by former Georgetown guard Allen Iverson.

Apr. 4, 2003
After racing through three home games at Alumni Hall - with wins over Boston University, Virginia and UAB - the Red Storm topped Texas Tech in the NIT Semifinals and then beat Georgetown, 70-67, in the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden. Marcus Hatten, who earned NIT Most Valuable Player honors, scored 22 points in the come-from-behind win.

Apr. 13, 2004
Norm Roberts is named the 18th head coach in St. John's Basketball history.

Nov. 20, 2004
The Red Storm defeats Wagner, 79-68 in its season opener at Alumni Hall, giving Norm Roberts his first victory at St. John's.

Nov. 23, 2004
St. John's venerable Alumni Hall, home to the basketball program since 1961, is renamed Carnesecca Arena to honor the program's winningest head coach. The court is renamed Carnesecca Court.

Dec. 30, 2004
St. John's downs No. 17 NC State, 63-45, to capture the Holiday Festival Championship, earning Norm Roberts' first victory for over a Top 25 opponent as the Red Storm's coach. Daryll Hill is named the Holiday Festival MVP.

Jan. 18, 2005
The Red Storm tops No. 21 Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden, 65-62, notching a second Top 25 victory for St. John's during the 2004-05 season.

Sept. 8, 2005
St. John's opens Taffner Field House, named for longtime program supporters Eleanor and Donald Taffner, to serve as a state-of-the-art practice, training and locker room facility for Red Storm basketball.

Nov. 26, 2005
Daryll Hill becomes the 42nd player in St. John's history to score more than 1,000 career points, netting 16 in a 67-61 win over Niagara at Carnesecca Arena.

Dec. 28, 2005
St. John's tops UMass, 51-49, to win its second-straight Holiday Festival title. Head coach Norm Roberts becomes the first coach to win back-to-back titles in the Holiday Festival since Lou Carnesecca in 1986 and `87.

Jan. 20, 2006
In a formal ceremony at Carnesecca Arena, generations of the St. John's basketball family gather to watch as "Legacy Honors" are bestowed on 10 of the greatest names in program history. Banners are raised in the arena to commemorate the outstanding contributions of No. 21 Walter Berry, Coach Lou Carnesecca, No. 55 Lloyd "Sonny" Dove, No. 13 Mark Jackson, No. 24 Tony Jackson, Coach Joe Lapchick, No. 21 Dick McGuire, No. 20 Chris Mullin, No. 21 Malik Sealy and No. 33 Alan Seiden.

Jan. 21, 2006
With scores of St. John's legends in attendance, the Red Storm shocks the college basketball world with a 55-50 victory over the ninth-ranked and then-undefeated Pittsburgh Panthers. Junior forward Lamont Hamilton scores 24 points, including four in the final :31.8 of the contest, to seal the win.

Jan. 3, 2007
Lamont Hamilton scores nine points against DePaul at Madison Square Garden, becoming the 43rd player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau.

 

 

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