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GARDEN PARTY: St. John’s Takes On No. 15/16 Arizona In MSG Debut – ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE

Nov. 16, 2011GAME NOTES: St. John’s vs. Arizona (PDF)WATCH LIVE ON ESPN3! WatchESPN.com (FREE): St. John’s vs. Arizona STORMTRACKER ALL-ACCESS LIVE AUDIO (Subscription): St. John’s vs. Arizona Pregame Quotes: St. John’s vs. Arizona Follow @STJ_Basketball on Twitter EYE OF THE STORM BLOG: Check out the latest behind-the-scenes posts! QUEENS, N.Y. – With a 3-0 record and receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the second-straight week, head coach Steve Lavin’s new-look St. John’s men’s basketball team (3-0) makes its Madison Square Garden debut on Thursday night, facing No. 15/16 Arizona (3-0) in the semifinal round of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Thursday’s tilt will air live nationally on ESPN2, with announcers Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale calling the action from courtside and Andy Katz reporting from the sidelines. The matchup can be viewed at WatchESPN.com and heard live on the official radio flagship of St. John’s Basketball, Bloomberg Radio 1130-AM, and on RedStormSports.com (subscription), with veteran announcer John Minko and “The Coach” Tim O’Toole as the analyst. St. John’s is appearing in its fourth 2K Sports Classic, tying Memphis, Syracuse, and Texas for the most appearances in tournament history. The Red Storm is 5-4 in the Classic, having previously played in 2000 (lost in final to Kansas), 2003 (lost to Marquette), and 2006 (lost in consolation to Texas). STJ topped William & Mary (Nov. 7, 74-59) and Lehigh (Nov. 9, 78-73) in the event’s opening rounds on campus at Carnesecca Arena in Queens. With one returning scholarship letterwinner in junior Malik Stith, St. John’s features six scholarship newcomers, a group comprised of four freshmen, one sophomore and one junior. STJ looks to its highly-rated 2011-12 recruiting class — featuring three rookie recruits ranked in the Top 100 in the nation in Moe Harkless, Sir’Dominic Pointer and D’Angelo Harrison, a pair of NJCAA All-Americans in Nurideen Lindsey and God’sgift Achiuwa, and under-the-radar Chicago guard Phil Greene — to assist in replacing 96.3 percent of its scoring and 97.8 percent of its rebounding this season.    Lindsey missed a triple-double by one assist and St. John’s pulled away to an 82-59 victory over UMBC on Sunday. St. John’s had all five starters score in double figures for the first time since Feb. 26, 2000 in an 83-82 win at Duke – the last non-conference loss for the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Lindsey had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to nearly record the first triple-double for the Red Storm since Ron Artest notched one in 1999. Despite the storied history of both programs, this will be the first meeting between the two schools. Lavin is no stranger to Arizona basketball, collecting six wins against the Wildcats during his tenure at UCLA. All six of Lavin’s wins came when Arizona was ranked no. 11 or higher, including a 96-89 overtime victory in the 2003 Pac-10 tournament when Arizona was ranked No. 1 in the nation.Storm Tracker Rated as high as the nation’s No. 38 prospect overall and the No. 10 small forward by recruiting services, Moe Harkless is a complete basketball player and a skilled local talent. The 6-8, 208-pound swingman spent his 2010-11 senior season at South Kent School (Conn.), averaging 27.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 3.1 blocks and 1.6 steals per outing. An athletic, rangy shooter with great length on defense, he was the 2009-10 NY Daily News Queens High School Player of the Year and was a member of the Daily News’ and NY Post’s all-metro teams in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Harkless posted a pair of double-doubles during the STJ exhibition season, led the squad with 18 points vs. UMBC (Nov. 13) and is second in scoring (16.7 points per game) and rebounding (6.0 rebounds per game) on the year. Junior big man God’sgift Achiuwa, a 6-8, 236-pound bruising athlete with an 87-inch wingspan from Port Harcourt, River States, Nigeria via Erie Community College (N.Y.), is a 2011 first team NJCAA All-America and a two-time JUCO All-America selection overall. He ranked ninth in the NJCAA in scoring last season at 22.3 points per game, 10th in rebounding with 11.7 boards and 17th in blocks with 2.2 rejections per contest. He leads the squad in scoring (17.7 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg), and has missed only one field goal attempt in the last two contests (10-for-11) and is a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line across that stretch. At 6-3, 182-pounds, Nurideen Lindsey is a formidably-built floor general with outstanding ballhandling, playmaking and scoring ability. His propensity to get to the rim as a lead guard is evident, as he threatened the legendary Wilt Chamberlain’s scoring totals as a prep player at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School. He averaged 22.3 ppg, 5.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.5 steals at Redlands C.C. in 2010-11 — sixth among all NJCAA players. He registered a near triple-double of 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists vs. UMBC (Nov. 13). Local 5-11, 187-pound junior guard Malik Stith is the only returning varsity letterwinner on the 2011-12 Red Storm roster. He has seen time at the one and the two in his first three seasons and came within two points of his career high with 11 vs. UMBC (Nov. 13). Rookie guard D’Angelo Harrison, a 6-3, 202-pound athlete from Missouri City, Texas, known both for his deadly accuracy and ability to get to the rim, finished his prep tenure rated as high as the nation’s No. 9 shooting guard and No. 40 overall prospect by recruiting services. The two-time all-state selection averaged 31.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals as a senior at Dulles High School in Sugar Land, Texas, and is renowned for his explosive first step, long-range game and his ability to fill up the stat sheet. He is averaging 14.3 ppg as one of four Red Storm players in double-figures this season, while connecting on 78.9 percent of his free throws. He is hitting at a 44.4 percent clip (4-of-9) from beyond the arc across the last two contests. Freshman swingman Sir’Dominic Pointer, a 6-5, 196-pound native of Detroit, Mich., was rated as high as the No. 8 small forward in his class and the No. 24 prospect overall by recruiting services. He keyed Quality Education Academy to a 25-4 record as a senior in 2010-11, averaging 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 4.0 blocks per outing. He averaged 10.5 ppg in St. John’s exhibition games and tied for the team lead with five steals. He scored six points with a game-changing steal vs. Lehigh. A smooth, deft lead guard ranked as high as the No. 41 shooting guard in his recruiting class, 6-2, 180-pound Chicago native Phil Greene scored 24.5 points per game with 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.0 steals to lead IMG Academy to a 35-16 record as a senior in 2010-11 and take squad MVP honors. The floor general/shooting guard has the ability to get into the lane and pull up, or dish and create for others. A hard-nosed defender, Greene adds length and speed to “Chicago toughness” which gives him the ability to guard perimeter players. He averaged 12.0 ppg in the preseason, firing at a 56.3 percent rate from the floor and 50.0 percent from long range (4-of-8).On Deck St. John’s continues play on Friday in the 2K Sports Classic, with the Championship/Consolation game (4:30 p.m./7 p.m., ESPN2).Scouting The Wildcats The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season after wins against Valparaiso, Duquesne and Ball State. They are ranked No. 15 in the latest Associated Press poll and no. 16 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Arizona was ranked No. 16 in both polls during the preseason, marking the first time since 2007-2008 that the Wildcats were ranked in both polls to begin the year. This game will mark the start of the longest road trip of the year for Arizona. The Wildcats feature a schedule where they play no more than two games away from home at a time during the regular season. Since 1990, Arizona is 11-1 in games at Madison Square Garden, including two wins during the 2001 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic The Wildcats are led by senior guard Kyle Fogg, who is averaging 14.7 point per game and is shooting 50 percent from long-range. Fogg has notched 41 double-digit scoring performances during his UA career.

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