February 28, 2011
They can’t stop the Storm!
Earning their sixth straight win with an 81-68 victory over No.
15 Villanova, St. John’s soared to No. 15 in this week’s Associated
Press Top 25 rankings — an eight-point jump. The Red Storm also
leaped from No. 25 to No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches
Tied for third place in the BIG
EAST, the Red Storm showed they didn’t have to be at
Madison Square Garden to clobber a Top 25 team — they beat the
Wildcats at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. The only other
team to win six straight games against a ranked opponent this
season is No. 5/5 Texas.
Dwight Hardy scored a career-high 34 points. He is the only BIG
EAST player to have won Player of the Week three times this season.
D.J. Kennedy earned 12 points and 14 rebounds for his
second-straight double-double — his fourth this season and 14th of
his career. Senior guard
Paris Horne and senior forward
Justin Brownlee scored 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The win follows the Storm’s 76-51 rout of DePaul on Feb. 23 —
the Storm’s 500th game at
Carnesseca Arena. On Feb. 19, the Storm pummeled No. 4
Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden.
With St. John’s resurgence, Head Coach
Steve Lavin is in more demand to share his thoughts with
leading sports commentators. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Coach Lavin
appeared on “Jim Rome is Burning,” ESPN’s popular half-hour of
sports discussion and opinion.
(See the video.)
Producing winners in the classroom as well as the playing courts
and fields, St. John’s 16 Division I, BIG EAST men’s and women’s
athletic teams reflect
St. John’s 141-year tradition
of excellence as a Catholic,
Vincentian university that prepares students for leadership in
their professions, communities and world.
The Red Storm’s next game is against Seton Hall on March 3 in
Photo credit to Associated Press