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St John’s MBB Wins BIG EAST Thriller over Xavier, 58-57

 Sir’Dominic Pointer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

Sir’Dominic Pointer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/ 1495 Sports

They certainly didn’t make it easy but in the end the St. John’s Men’s Basketball Team (19-9, 8-7 Big East) held off a very tough Xavier team (18-11, 8-8 BE) for a 58-57 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

It was a game of momentum and runs, even in the very last seconds it had seemed as if Xavier was going to go on a big time run. One of the biggest difference makers for this game was the play of the Red Storm defense, especially the play of Sir’Dominic Pointer and Chris Obekpa.

Pointer was able to finish the game on defense with six blocks and four steals, while Obekpa had five steals and four blocks. It was instant good energy for St. John’s when Obekpa came into the game, as the junior was able to provide great grit and energy to the team.

Meanwhile for Sir’Dominic Pointer he once again made a case for potential BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year, getting it done on both ends of the court. Pointer finished the game with 19 points, having a milestone moment earning his 1,000-point club at the 6:34 mark in the First Half of play.

D’Angelo Harrison scored 20 points for the 13th time this season and 52nd game of his career. Harrison has now reached double-figure scoring in 104-of-120 (86.7 percent) career games. Rysheed Jordan continues his outstanding play via his 10 point, six assist performance. 

With the victory St. John’s has improved to 15-4 at home, while also improving to a 9-2 mark in their last 11 BIG EAST regular season games at Madison Square Garden.

Getting back to the defensive end of things the 10 blocks that the Red Storm were able to record against Xavier were the most since the 13-block effort versus Marquette on Jan. 11, 2015 and is the Red Storm’s fifth game this season with 10 or more rejections.

Fans will have one last chance to catch the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, February 28 when they host Georgetown. That will be Senior Day for the Red Storm as they honor  D’Angelo HarrisonSir’Dominic PointerPhil Greene IV, Jamal Branch and Khadim Ndiaye. Tip-off time for that game is scheduled for 12 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following postgame videos:

St John’s Student-Athletes D’Angelo Harrison and Sir’Dominic Pointer

St John’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Lavin

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Sir’Dominic Pointer Selected to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for Fifth Straight Week

Sir’Dominic Pointer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Sir’Dominic Pointer. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

St. John’s senior Sir’Dominic Pointer was selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth week in a row on Monday. The 6-foot-6 swingman averaged 19.0 points shooting 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the field to go with 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per contest last week. Pointer’s five consecutive honor roll selections is the longest streak in the conference this season.

Pointer went for his seventh double-double on Saturday to lift St. John’s (18-9, 7-7) to an 85-72 victory over Seton Hall before a capacity crowd at Carnesecca Arena. He scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting and had 10 boards. Pointer, the BIG EAST’s blocks leader in conference games with a 2.9 average, swatted three shots against the Pirates. His stat line also featured three assists and two steals.

The Detroit native narrowly missed a double-double earlier in the week with 16 points and eight rebounds at Georgetown on Tuesday. Pointer sank 4-of-5 free-throws against the Hoyas and shot 75.0 percent (9-of-12) from the line over the two game stretch.

Pointer has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll six times in the last nine weeks. Over the last 10 games, Pointer has led the Red Storm with a 17.5 scoring average, 8.6 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 1.7 steals. He has also handed out 2.7 assists per game while shooting 81.4 percent (35-of-43) at the free-throw line and 53.9 percent (69-of-129) from the field. His seven double-doubles are the second most in the BIG EAST.

Pointer ranks in the top-15 of the BIG EAST in 10 statistical categories this season. He is 10th in scoring (13.4 ppg), fourth in rebounding (7.5 rpg), sixth in field goal shooting percentage (53.6 pct), third in steals (2.0 spg) and third in blocks (2.4 bpg). He enters Monday’s contest with Xavier 11 points shy of becoming the 50th player in program history to record 1,000 career points.

St. John’s tips off with Xavier tonight at Madison Square Garden, with the tip-off set for 8 p.m. on FOX Sports 1. The Red Storm radio broadcast will air on 970 AM WNYM.

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.redstormsports.com

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Handford Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the Ninth Time

Aliyyah Handford. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Aliyyah Handford. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Coming off a pair of stellar performances this weekend at home against Villanova and Georgetown, junior guard Aliyyah Handford has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, it was announced this morning by the league office.

This is the ninth time this season that Handford has been bestowed with the weekly honor.  She also earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors on Dec. 22.

 The Newark, N.J., native kicked off the weekend with a game-changing effort in the Red Storm’s critical win over BIG EAST contender Villanova.  Handford poured in a game-high 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.  She also recorded three steals and scored five of the team’s final eight points in the 56-51 win.

 On Sunday against Georgetown, Handford delivered one of her most well-rounded performances of the year in leading the Red Storm to a victory on Senior Day.  After tallying 18 points in the first half, Handford went on to finish the game with a season-high 27 points, a career-high seven assists, six rebounds and four steals.  In addition to converting on 10 of her 19 tries from the floor, Handford also went seven-of-nine from the charity stripe.

Handford and the Red Storm have one weekend on BIG EAST regular season play remaining, traveling to Butler and Xavier for games on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

For more information on the St. John’s Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Bill Goldberg, Bret Hart, Ric Flair and Rob Van Dam to Headline Legends of Wrestling on June 7 at Citi Field

Bill Goldberg, Bret “The Hit Man” Hart, Ric “Nature Boy” Flair and “Mr. Monday Night” Rob Van Dam are among the 30 professional wrestlers appearing at the Legends of Wrestling Sunday, June 7 at Citi Field. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.Mets.com/Wrestling or by calling 718-507-TIXX beginning Friday, February 27th at 10:00 a.m.

From 3 p.m.-5 p.m., the Legends will conduct autograph and Q&A sessions in Citi Field’s event spaces, while festival entertainment and photo opportunities will take place along the Field Level concourse. Immediately following, fans will have the opportunity to watch some of their favorite Legends compete in the main event. The Nasty Boys and Hacksaw Jim Duggan are some of the Legends that will be featured during the main event, consisting of six wrestling matches in a ring set up on second base.

The $25 event tickets provide access to the festival and the main event. Different VIP opportunities are also available ranging from an additional $15 up to $100, which allow access to Q&A sessions, private meet and greets, photo opportunities with a Legend in the ring and autograph sessions with the top-tier talent.

The world-class event and hospitality company for the New York Mets, Metropolitan Hospitality, will host the event, marking the first professional wrestling event at Citi Field. The event will bring professional wrestling back to the home of the New York Mets, as Shea Stadium hosted three wrestling cards taking place in 1972, 1976 and 1980. These matches featured popular wrestling icons Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and Bruno Sammartino.

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Long Island Ducks Sign Southpaw Duo

The three-time Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks announced on Monday the signings of left-handed pitchers Tommy Organ and Patrick Crider. Organ returns for his second consecutive season with the Ducks while Crider enters his first year with the Flock.

“Tommy and Patrick give us two strong  lefty arms out of the bullpen,” says Ducks President and General Manager Michael Pfaff. “Both are coming off of successful seasons, and we are excited to bring them aboard for 2015.”

Organ joined the Ducks in August of 2014 and found immediate success out of the bullpen. In 20 games, he compiled a 2.20 ERA and 18 strikeouts to just five walks in 19 and two-thirds innings. The left-hander did not allow a run in his first seven appearances with the Ducks and tossed 10 and two-thirds scoreless innings from August 27 to September 19.

Prior to joining the Long Island, the 23-year-old began his professional career as a member of the River City Rascals in the Frontier League. He pitched in nine games (five starts) with River City in 2014, posting a 3-1 record, a 4.97 ERA, one complete game and one shutout. In addition, he struck out 26 batters and walked just 10 over 29 innings of work. The Florida resident played his collegiate baseball at the University of North Florida and combined to go 14-7 with a 4.09 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 60 games (35 starts) over four seasons.

Crider comes to the Ducks with five seasons of professional baseball experience, all in the Frontier League. He spent the 2014 season with River City and compiled career best totals in wins (seven), ERA (1.43), games played (65), innings pitched (50.1) and strikeouts (62). In addition, Crider walked just 24 batters and held opponents to a .163 batting average. The Kentucky resident went on to toss two and one-third innings in the playoffs without allowing an earned run.

The 27-year-old was also a member of the Rascals in 2013 and previously played for the Evansville Otters from 2010-13. He currently holds the Frontier League’s all-time record for games played with 237, and his 65 appearances in 2014 were the most ever in a single Frontier League season. Crider has accrued a career record of 17-7 with a 3.00 ERA and six saves. In that span, he has also amassed 212 strikeouts to just 95 walks over 195 innings of work.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

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St. John’s MBB Squares Off with Xavier on Monday at MSG

St John's Men's Basketball team huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

St John’s Men’s Basketball team huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Winning four of its last five games, St. John’s is one of the hottest teams in the BIG EAST. The Red Storm carries the momentum of a five-game home win streak into Monday’s contest with Xavier (18-10, 8-7) at Madison Square Garden.

The Red Storm and Musketeers will tip-off at 8 p.m. on FOX Sports 1. Joe Davis and Donny Marshall have the call for the national broadcast. St. John’s radio broadcast will air on 970 AM (WNYM) with John Minko and Brandon Tierney.

St. John’s (18-9, 7-7) rallied for an 85-72 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm used a 13-2 run midway through the second half to pull away in a contest that featured 13 ties and 13 lead changes. St. John’s five-member senior class – D’Angelo HarrisonSir’Dominic PointerPhil Greene IVJamal Branch and Khadim Ndiaye – received a standing ovation from the St. John’s faithful after another strong all-around performance in Queens. The four-year seniors finished their careers at Carnesecca Arena with a 31-4 record.

Pointer recorded his seventh double-double of the season against the Pirates with 22 points (8-of-12 FG) and 10 rebounds, helping St. John’s improve to 9-1 on its home court in Queens. It was the sixth time in the last 10 games the 6-foot-6 senior from Detroit led the Red Storm in scoring and eighth time as the team’s top rebounder.

Now the Johnnies look forward to hosting consecutive games at Madison Square Garden where the team has been equally as tough. St. John’s has won three straight BIG EAST contests at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”, including its most recent victory over Creighton, 84-66, on Feb. 7. The Red Storm produced an 8-2 record in its last 10 BIG EAST regular-season games at MSG dating back to its 5-1 finish in 2013-14, the program’s second 20-win campaign in the past four seasons.

Things To Know

  • St. John’s is one of the hottest teams in the BIG EAST going 4-1 in the last five games. Four-year seniors D’Angelo Harrison (17.8 ppg), Sir’Dominic Pointer (17.4 ppg) and Phil Greene (16.8 ppg) have accounted for 66.7 percent of the team’s scoring offense during this stretch. Rysheed Jordan has also averaged double-figures with 13.8 points and shot a team-high 48.0 percent (12-of-25) from downtown.
  • Steve Lavin once again has St. John’s trending upward in the stretch run of the regular-season. The Red Storm has gone 8-2 in its last 10 BIG EAST regular-season games at Madison Square Garden over the last two years.  The Johnnies have a 3-1 league mark this season at MSG heading into its final two home games versus Xavier and Georgetown. St. John’s went 5-1 against conference opponents at The Garden in the final month of the 2013-14 regular-season, which includes a 70-65 victory over then-No. 12 Creighton on Feb. 9, 2014. It was one of 10 Top-25 victories in Lavin’s four full seasons at the helm.
  • St. John’s has won its previous three BIG EAST games at Madison Square Garden. The Red Storm rolled to an 84-66 victory over Creighton in its last contest at “The World’s Most Famous Arena”. Rysheed Jordan went for a career-high 25 points and D’Angelo Harrison had a 21-point, 10 rebound double-double. St. John’s shot 66.7 percent (22-of-33) in the first half and led by double-digits for more than 35 minutes.
  • Sir’Dominic Pointer is 11 points away from becoming the 50th player in St. John’s storied basketball history to record 1,000-career points. The 6-foot-6 senior is having a career year and ranks in the top-10 of the BIG EAST with a 13.4 scoring average and 14.8 points per game in conference play. Pointer has helped lift St. John’s to wins in six of the last nine BIG EAST contests. Over the last 10 games, he has led the Red Storm with 17.5 scoring average, 8.6 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 1.7  steals. Pointer has also dished out 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 81.4 percent (35-of-43) at the free-throw line and 53.9 percent (69-of-129) from the field during the 10 game stretch.
  • St. John’s has won five-straight BIG EAST home games. During this hot stretch, Rysheed Jordan has averaged 17.4 points, shooting 55.3 percent (21-of-38) and 62.5 (10-of-16) percent from 3-point range. Defensively, the Red Storm has locked down the 3-point line holding opponents to 28.3 percent from downtown.
  • St. John’s has elevated its play in February under Steve Lavin. The Red Storm has won four of its six games this month, and in total has accumulated a 19-9 overall record over Lavin’s tenure in February. The Red Storm went 7-1 in 2010-11 en route to a 21-win season and NCAA Tournament berth. Last year, the Johnnies posted a 6-2 record in February and won eight of the final 10 regular-season contests. Lavin has a 54-29 (.651) career record in February over his 12 seasons as head coach at St. John’s and UCLA.
  • The Red Storm’s strength of schedule is rated No. 38 in the nation according to RPIRatings.com on Feb. 22. St. John’s went 11-2 (.846) against non-conference opponents, which is the program’s best mark since going 10-1 (.909) in 1990-91. The BIG EAST has the second highest RPI in the nation and compiled a 94-30 (.758) record against out-of-conference competition. St. John’s contributed to the league’s non-conference success with key victories over Minnesota, Saint Mary’s, Long Beach State and Syracuse. The Red Storm’s 69-57 victory over the Orange on Dec. 6 was the program’s first win at the Carrier Dome in 15 years.

About the Series

  • St. John’s has split four meetings in its series with Xavier which dates back to 1981.
  • The Red Storm and Musketeers will play for the second time in 10 days. In their last meeting on Feb. 14, St. John’s picked up a 78-70 victory behind a career-high 24 points (9-of-10 FG, 6-of-6 FT) from Sir’Dominic Pointer. St. John’s is only the second team to leave the Cintas Center with a win this season in 15 games.
  • Xavier came away with a 65-53 victory in their last meeting at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 25, 2014.

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Red Storm WBB to Host Georgetown on Senior Day Sunday

Amber Thompson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Amber Thompson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Coming off a crucial conference victory over Villanova on Friday night, the St. John’s senior class will make its final appearance at Carnesecca Arena on Sunday afternoon, playing host to Georgetown on Senior Day at 2 p.m.

 

RED STORM QUICK HITS

  • The Red Storm will honor the careers of its most veteran players on Sunday afternoon.  Amber Thompson, the only four-year player among the honorees, possesses a career record of 45-15 in Carnesecca Arena and is the last remaining member of the Red Storm team that made an historic run to the Sweet 16 in the spring of 2012.  On Friday evening, the Newark, N.J., native grabbed eight boards to become the first player in St. John’s history to record 1,000 rebounds for her career.
  • After setting season-lows with just three field goals on nine shot attempts last Sunday at DePaul, Aliyyah Handford lit up the scoresheet against the Wildcats on Friday, sinking 11 of her 16 tries from the floor en route to a 25-point, eight-rebound performance.  Her 25 points against Villanova pushed Handford above 500 for the season, making her just the fourth player in St. John’s history with multiple 500-point seasons in a career.  With 1,380 points for her career, the Newark, N.J., native is just 19 points shy of tying Sue Bretthauer for ninth on the St. John’s all-time scoring list.
  • With 10 points on four-of-seven shooting against Villanova, sophomore point guard Aaliyah Lewis reached double figures for the second time in her last three outings.  On the season, Lewis is averaging 5.8 points and a team-best 4.2 assists per game in addition to possessing the conference’s fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2.
  • Sophomore forward Jade Walker converted on two critical free throws on Friday night, helping the Red Storm seal its victory over Villanova.  At 8.3 points per game, Walker is the Red Storm’s third-leading scorer this season, having reached double figures on 13 occasions, including each of the team’s last two games.

 

SCOUTING GEORGETOWN

  • The Hoyas enter Sunday’s contest with a conference record of 2-13 and an overall mark of 4-23.  On Friday at Seton Hall, the Hoyas emerged on the losing end of a 95-68 decision against Seton Hall.

 

  • Georgetown is led by one of the conference’s most exciting freshmen, Dorothy Adomako.  The Midlothian, Va., native averages a team-best 13.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

 

  • As a team, the Hoyas have struggled with turnovers, surrendering nearly 19 possessions per game.

 

ST JOHN’S vs. GEORGETOWN- the series

  • Longtime BIG EAST foes, the Hoyas and the Red Storm have played 54 contests all-time, with Georgetown holding a slight advantage, 28-26.

 

  • The Red Storm has enjoyed some recent success against the Hoyas, taking five out of the previous six matchups between the two schools.

 

  • On Jan. 23 of this year in our nation’s capital, the Red Storm took home a 74-57 victory over the Hoyas.

For more information on the St John’s Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

 http://www.redstormsports.com

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