St. John’s and Notre Dame squared off on Tuesday night with one team looking ahead towards the Big East tournament, and the other trying to end the season on a high-note after a miserable couple of weeks.
Fortunately for the Fighting Irish, their surge continued as they played an incredibly strong second half of basketball, outscoring the Red Storm by 30 points on their way to a 66-40 win. Unfortunately for St. John’s, their night essentially ended with sophomore guard Sir’Dominic Pointer — who had one of his best games of the season as he went for seven points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and four assists — getting tangled up and throwing punches with Notre Dame freshman Cameron Biedscheid, which got both players ejected from the game.
Pointer will likely join D’Angelo Harrison on the “suspended list” for the season finale against No. 15 Marquette on Saturday after the altercation, giving Steve Lavin’s basketball program another black eye on this rough season.
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After winning six-of-seven games near the end of January into early February, the Johnnies have lost five of their last six games. This latest losing streak began around the same time that Lavin lost his father, just prior to the loss against Syracuse on Feb. 10.
Apparently while Lavin was gone from the team, Harrison, the team’s leading scorer on the season, began a stretch of bad behavior and insubordination that led to him being suspended last Friday for the remainder of the season.
And as if it’s not bad enough that this young Red Storm team was falling apart, doomed to miss the NCAA tournament for the second straight year despite being in the top half of the Big East for a good chunk of the season, Pointer’s fight just drags the last couple of weeks up a couple of notches on the disgraceful meter.
Much as he’s remained calm and mindful of the inexperience of his players the entire season, Lavin showed restraint following Tuesday’s embarrassment. “We have to demonstrate more maturity than we did tonight. We want to play with intensity but also use intelligence in order to play a winning brand of basketball.”
Lavin’s done a good job all things considered so far within his eventful (to say the least) three years with St. John’s, but there’s no denying that even he should be disappointed with the way this season is ending for the Red Storm.
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