On Tuesday St. John’s Red Storm head coach Steve Lavin made his return to the sideline after missing nearly the entire 2011-12 campaign due to his recovery from prostate cancer. On Tuesday Lavin’s team played inspired for him and came away with a 77-74 victory in their season opener versus Detroit at home inside of Carnesecca Arena.
After the game Lavin was elated with the his return and the victory and had the following to say about both, “I think so much of the way I feel is a result of your team and their energy, and feeding off of that synergy. Similar to a parent — if your children are lined in the right way and they seem well adjusted and they’re contributing in a meaningful way, then you feel better as a parent. And as a coach, I feel good because this team found a way to get a gritty W.”
Sophomore guard D’Angelo Harrison led the Red storm with 22 points, five rebounds and four steals while fellow sophomore guard Phil Greene IV added 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Red Storm who trailed by eight at halftime (37-29) and seven (60-53) with 9:20 remaining in the game. The Red Storm closed the game out on a 14-2 run which enabled them to earn the victory and welcome back their coach Lavin to the bench in a positive way.
Up next for the 1-0 Red Storm will be match up with the Charleston Cougars in Charlkeston on Thursday evening at 5:00pm before hosting Holy Cross next Wednesday night back at Carnesecca Arena.