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Topic - Steve Lavin
Sophomore forward JaKarr Sampson, the second-leading scorer on St. John's, has decided to forgo the remainder of his collegiate eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
The Robert Morris University Colonials were disappointed about not qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
The final shot glanced off the rim and St. John's players could finally collectively exhale. They gathered at midcourt and celebrated briefly as if they had just won a title.
Sunday was senior day for St. John's. And for a while, it looked as though the Red Storm were going to get the opportunity to empty their bench in honor of the occasion.
With his team not displaying the proper sense of urgency at halftime, St. John's head coach Steve Lavin had multiple options to get his message across.
Plenty has changed for Georgetown and St. John's since the two met just after New Year's. Plenty is at stake in Sunday night's rematch at Madison Square Garden.
There was a lot of talk Saturday about St. John's turning the corner. The Red Storm beat Marquette 74-59 at Madison Square Garden, their fourth win in five games and one that had a lot of people feeling upbeat about a team that was winless in the Big East 16 days ago.
St. John's coach Steve Lavin knew it would be impossible to totally shut down Doug McDermott. He figured if his defense could limit McDermott's teammates, the Red Storm would have a chance to steal a win on No. 20 Creighton's home court.
St. John's dared Doug McDermott to beat the Red Storm. He did.
Butler's first four home games as a member of the Big East Conference had each gone to overtime.
Sir'Dominic Pointer had the crowd at Carnesecca Arena groaning with 4.3 seconds to play Thursday night. By the time the final buzzer sounded, the junior swingman had made those fans happy after seeing a tough losing streak come to an end.
D'Angelo Harrison, the third-leading scorer in the Big East Conference, was suspended Friday by St. John's for the rest of the season.
Lubick, who entered the game shooting 70 percent (23 of 33) from the field over the previous five games, hit 8 of 10 shots and added 10 rebounds as the Hoyas won their fourth straight and sixth in seven games.
Steve Lavin isn't going anywhere. The St. John's coach may not be on the sideline when the Red Storm are playing but he is in charge of the program.
St. John's coach Steve Lavin won't accompany his team to Thursday night's game at No. 1 Kentucky, the third straight game and fourth this season he's missed while recovering from prostate cancer surgery.
"We're pleased with the progress we've made, but I'm a realist," Lavin said, "While we have optimism in terms of the future, we keep a realist approach at the work we have to do."
"I wasn't in any rush to get back," Lavin said. "But after 5 1/2 years, I could start to feel the itch to get back on a college campus. I was missing the teaching, the coaching, the competition. Then it was whether or not the right fit would present itself."