The positive vibes that had dominated Chris Mullin’s first few months as St. John’s new head basketball coach turned a bit sour on Friday.
Picking up where former head coach Steve Lavin left off, Chris Mullin has completed the stunning recruitment of one of the nation’s best high school guards.
“I know I’m going to work but I’m also back at school,” he said. “It will take a while to find that groove, that rhythm. It’s different now with my family not here but all those things will fall into place in time.”
Chris Mullin’s job just got a whole lot easier. St. John’s rookie head coach will have his big man on the court next season, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Steve Lavin says that while center Chris Obekpa’s suspension is “less than ideal,” he still believes the Red Storm has what it takes to overcome the shot blocker’s absence in the NCAA Tournament.
LaDontae Henton had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead fourth-seeded Providence to a 74-57 victory over fifth-seeded St. John’s on Thursday in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.
Rysheed Jordan scored 23 points and led four players in double digits as St. John’s beat Marquette 67-51 on Wednesday night.
Sir’Dominic Pointer scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and added three blocks to lead St. John’s to an 85-72 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday.
Coach Steve Lavin said in a statement Friday that Jordan, the second-leading scorer for the 15th-ranked Red Storm, has to deal with “personal and family circumstances” in Philadelphia.
Sterling Gibbs knows there’s a long way to go, and that’s why the Seton Hall guard didn’t want to get too excited after his near-flawless performance against No. 15 St. John’s.
St. John’s picked up where it left off following its big win at Syracuse on Dec. 6, beating Fairleigh Dickinson 74-52 on Wednesday and then taking out city rival Fordham, 74-53 on Sunday at the MSG Holiday Festival on Sunday.
St. John’s was last ranked in the AP Top 25 on March 14, 2011, holding the No. 18 spot. The program went on to make its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002.
D’Angelo Harrison scored 20 points and hit a clutch 3 in double overtime, Marquette’s Derrick Wilson missed a jumper with 1 second left and St. John’s held on for a 91-90-win Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Red Storm, who dropped the first five games on their Big East slate, have now won seven of their last eight in the conference, and eight of nine overall, to put themselves squarely in the NCAA Tournament picture.
Orange duo C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis both scored 21 points, and No. 2 Syracuse pulled out a 68-63 victory over St. John’s on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.