On Monday, as the Nets hosted their final workout prior to Thursday’s NBA draft, two rivals found themselves battling once again, this time for attention from the handful of scouts and Nets brass watching their every move.
Steve Lavin brought St. John’s back to respectability faster than even the most die-hard Red Storm fan could have hoped. Just as suddenly, it all came crashing down. “It was very silent after,” said senior Dwight Hardy, “and a lot of tears were shed.”
Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points, lifting 11th-seeded Gonzaga to an 86-71 victory over sixth-seeded St. John’s on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Freshman center Fab Melo scored a career-high 12 points, including two layups in the final 2 minutes, and No. 11 Syracuse beat No. 17 St. John’s 79-73 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
St. John’s guard Dwight Hardy is the conference’s most improved player and senior Justin Burrell was chosen as the top sixth man Monday in a vote of the league’s coaches.
The first team is comprised of the league’s top six scorers and was chosen by the conference’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Jeremy Hazell scored a season-high 31 points and Seton Hall, the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big East, made a season-best 12 from beyond the arc in an 84-70 victory over No. 15 St. John’s on Thursday.
St. John’s had a grand total of five NCAA tournament appearances from 1993 through last season. But, thanks to a new commitment to just about everything, that’s all about to change.
Dwight Hardy continued his scoring streak with 21 points and No. 23 St. John’s, playing as a ranked team for the first time in more than 10 years, dominated DePaul throughout in a 76-51 victory Wednesday night.
Dwight Hardy scored 28 points and St. John’s rallied in the second half to beat Marquette 80-68 on Tuesday night, snapping an 11-game losing streak in the series.
Dwight Hardy scored a career-high 33 points and St. John’s topped No. 10 Connecticut, 89-72, on Thursday night, the Red Storm’s fourth win over a top-13 team this season at Madison Square Garden.
The Red Storm capped a run of eight straight games against ranked teams with their third win.
Kris Joseph scored 18 points and No. 4 Syracuse remained undefeated with a 76-59 victory over St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
Justin Brownlee scored 15 points, including the game-changing basket with 10 seconds to play, and St. John’s won its fifth straight, 61-58 over No. 13 Georgetown on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Dwight Hardy scored 20 points to lead St. John’s to a 81-71 victory over West Virginia in the Big East opener for both teams.
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