The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team has matched its best start of the Steve Lavin Era with their current 5-1 record. Coming off its fourth double-digit victory of the year with a 70-57 decision over Niagara on Tuesday the team now prepares for an away contest versus Syracuse.
St. John’s holds a 37-51 all-time record versus Syracuse in a series that dates back to 1912. These two teams will meet for the 89th time in history and for the 33rd time outside of BIG EAST Competition.
Leading the way so far for the Red Storm is D’Angelo Harrison (Missouri City Texas) who is one of four players who are averaging double-figures in scoring. Harrison has 17.5 points-per-game thus far, while ranking fourth in the BIG EAST. For his efforts so far Harrison was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday, the guard also has 7.0 rebounds, while also shooting 80.o percent (12-for-15) from the free throw-line in the contest against Minnesota and Gonzaga.
In the victory over Niagara Harrison was able to reach the 1,700-point plateau, and is currently ranked ninth on the program’s career scoring list.
Also contributing in the last victory were Jamal Branch (Kansas City, Mo.) and Myles Stewart (Los Angeles, Calif.). For Stewart he was able to record his first career start recording a game-high three 3-pointers and swatted three shots in 19 minutes of work.
For Branch, the senior was able to contribute 12 points on a 5-for-6 shooting night and matched a season-high six assists.
St. John’s is tied for seventh in the nation averaging 7.0 blocks-per-game. Junior Chris Obekpa (Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria) is sixth in Division 1 with a 3.8 blocks average, while also leading the BIG EAST with 23.
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St. John’s Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes Jamal Branch and D’Angelo Harrison:
Head Coach Steve Lavin
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