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St. John’s MBB Goes for Fifth Straight BIG EAST Home Win Saturday

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

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

St. John’s has won eight of its nine games in Queens this season heading Saturday’s Carnesecca Arena finale versus Seton Hall (15-11, 5-9) at noon. The nationally televised contest will air on FOX with announcers Joe Davis and Donny Marshall. St. John’s radio team of John Minko and Brandon Tierney can be heard on 98.7 WEPN-FM.

The Red Storm  (17-9, 6-7) is starting to heat up once again under Steve Lavin in the stretch run of the regular-season. The Red Storm has won three of the last four contests, including a  spirited road victory at Xavier, 78-70, on Saturday. Sir’Dominic Pointer went for a career-high 24 points (9-of-10 FG) and eight rebounds to hand the Musketeers only their second loss at the Cintas Center in 14 games this season. The 6-foot-6 senior has scored in double-figures 11 straight games and is 33 points shy of becoming the 50th member of the program’s 1,000-point club.

The Johnnies have played some of their best basketball at Carnesecca Arena this season. St. John’s has averaged a 13.8-point margin of victory in its eight wins in Queens, which includes two victories against top-100 teams in the RPI ratings. In the last BIG EAST tilt at Carnesecca Arena on Feb. 11, D’Angelo Harrison went for a season-high 33 points to fuel St. John’s second highest scoring performance of the year against DePaul. The Red Storm shot 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from downtown en route to an 86-78 victory over the Blue Demons.

St. John’s begins a three-game homestand Saturday looking to avenge a 78-67 setback to the Pirates on New Year’s Eve at the Prudential Center. The Johnnies are eager to return to the hardwood after dropping its first game in two weeks on Tuesday at Georgetown.

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