September 22, 2004
Partnership with World's Most Famous Arena
Enters 74th Consecutive Year
Queens, NY - St. John's University and Madison Square Garden
announced today the signing of a three year agreement in securing
the World's Most Famous Arena as the home of Red Storm men's
basketball contests through 2007.
"We are thrilled to continue our long-standing association with
Madison Square Garden," said Jim Pellow, St. John's Interim
Athletic Director. "St. John's has always considered the Garden its
home. The two entities go hand in hand and we are committed to our
alumni, fans and loyalists to maintain our tradition with MSG for
years to come."
A 73-year history ties St. John's to MSG, dating back to January
19, 1931. Former coach James "Buck" Freeman (recently inducted into
the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame) directed St. John's to a
17-9 win over CCNY in the school's first ever contest on the Garden
"Madison Square Garden has proudly been the home away from home
for St. John's men's basketball for over 70 years," said Joel
Fisher, senior vice president, sports properties, Madison Square
Garden. "Our St. John's relationship is one of the building's
pillars and we are excited that it will continue."
The St. John's men's
basketball schedule has also been confirmed for the upcoming
2004-05 season and a special tribute to legendary Hall of Fame
Coach Lou Carnesecca is planned. His name will forever be cast on
the Alumni Hall floor, as the new Carnesecca Court will be unveiled
on Tuesday, November 23, 2004 in ceremonies during the St. John's
game against St. Francis (NY).
St. John's BIG EAST schedule at the Garden is highlighted by
conference rivalries with Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and
Villanova along with national power Duke and the Dreyfus Holiday
Festival. The game versus the Blue Devils will be a nationally
televised contest on ABC Sports on Saturday, February 26 at Madison
"Our schedule features several New York area rivals and matches
us up against the best teams in the country like Duke and a
possible showdown with North Carolina State in the Holiday
Festival," Head Coach Norm Roberts said. "In addition, we play on
the road at Notre Dame and at defending national champion UCONN and
have the luxury of playing in the World's Most Famous Arena at MSG
for the majority of our BIG EAST conference games."
The Red Storm return guard Daryll Hill (Queens, NY) along with
forwards Lamont Hamilton (Brooklyn, NY), Tyler Jones (Lakeland, CO)
and Phil Missere (Cornwall, NY) as well as center Mohamed Diakite
(Rockville, MD). In addition, a talented crop of six new players
will don St. John's jerseys led by Eugene Lawrence (Queens, NY),
Dexter Gray (Mount Vernon, NY), Cedric Jackson (Burlington, NJ),
and junior college transfers Ryan Williams (Queens, NY), Rodney
Epperson (Queens, NY) and Jermaine Maybank (Bronx, NY).
View the complete St. John's
men's basketball schedule. Some times and locations are slated
as TBD which indicates to be determined at a later date. For the
most up-to-date information and statistics on St. John's Athletics
please visit our web site at 188.8.131.52 or
call our 24-hour hotline at 1-888-GO-STORM.