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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 12:17 am  |  6 responses

St. John’s Storms Back to Win NCAA’s First Game

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

For the first time since the Dallas Mavericks won the title back in June a pro or college basketball game was played on Monday night. Using a 48-point second half, St. John’s rallied from behind to knock off William & Mary, 74-59.

A year after making its first NCAA tournament since 2002, St. John’s returned just one player, Malik Stith, who actually scored last season. But the freshmen-heavy Red Storm were able to get the job done against the Tribe.

St. John’s trailed by seven points at the break, but leading the comeback with 19 points was Nurideen Lindsey, a junior college transfer from Oklahoma who scored 15 of those points in the second half. Freshmen Maurice Harkless and D’Angelo Harrison and junior college transfer God’s Gift Achiuwa also all notched double-figures in their first game with the Red Storm.

Head Coach Steve Lavin, who successfully turned the program around last season, had to watch the season opener from home as he is still recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Former Purdue Head Coach Gene Keady took over in his absence.

From The New York Times:

“They’ve been fun to coach,” said Gene Keady, Lavin’s special assistant/adviser. “As a young team, I’ve been really impressed with their togetherness.”

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  • El_Black_Mamba

    #Basketballneverstops lol

  • lexluther757

    Is that one dude’s name REALLY “God’s Gift”?

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    actually, it’s God’sgift.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Great way to start off the season. Looking forward to watching the Johnnies and I wish Lavin a speedy recovery.

  • Riggs

    thats good, but they had a problem with william & mary which isnt a good sign.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    nah, William and Mary just got hot in the first half. same reason a team like the warriors will occasionally scare a contender.

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