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December 15, 2012

Red Storm Uproots St. Francis



BROOKLYN, NY - (AP) D'Angelo Harrison scored 25 points and JaKarr Sampson had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead St. John's to a 77-60 victory over St. Francis, N.Y., on Saturday at the Barclays Center.

Sir'Dominic Pointer added 12 points - all in the second half - for the Red Storm (8-3), and freshman Chris Obekpa blocked nine shots, two off the school record he set last Saturday against Fordham.

Jalen Cannon had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Terriers (2-7), whose campus is less than 2 miles from the Barclays Center. Akeem Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds for St. Francis.

The Red Storm, who led 45-35 at halftime, took a 56-41 lead 8 minutes into the second half. St, Francis closed within six points before Pointer scored six points in a run that gave the Red Storm a 66-49 lead.

St. John's shot 43.5 percent for the game (30 of 69), including making six of 14 3-point attempts. The Terriers shot 31.3 percent (21 of 67) and made seven of 24 3-point attempts. St. Francis managed to stay even on the boards at 47-47.

The game was St. John's first in Brooklyn since Dec. 10, 1958, when the then-Redmen beat Brooklyn College 93-68.

St. John's, which is located in the borough of Queens, was founded in Brooklyn in 1870. The Redmen were tough at home in Brooklyn, compiling a 156-11 record (93.4 winning percentage) in DeGray Gym from 1932-56. Their last game in that building was a 103-65 win over Roanoke on Dec. 8, 1956. St. John's moved into Alumni Hall in Queens which has since been renamed Carnesecca Arena in honor of former coach and Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer Lou Carnesecca.


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