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August 22, 2013

Notre Dame Visit, Loss To Evreux

PARIS - During the team's final full day in Paris, the Red Storm faced its final French opponent.

Though the matchup did not go the Red Storm's way, an 85-61 loss to a veteran, physical professional team should pay dividends for St. John's as the team continues its European Tour (1-1) and aspires for a run to the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

St. John's was led by the eight-point efforts of D'Angelo Harrison, JaKarr Sampson, Sir'Dominic Pointer, Orlando Sanchez and France native Marc-Antoine Bourgault, whose two late 3-pointers delighted a crowd filled with his countrymen. Frustrated by foul trouble (24 for the game vs. 14 for Evreux; 11 free throw attempts vs. 22 for Evreux), the Red Storm shot only 39 percent and committed 22 turnovers in the loss.

"These games are report cards and provide a helpful checklist of the aspects we need to improve upon. The takeaways and lessons learned from these games will help us accelerate our growth as a team," said head coach Steve Lavin. "Evreux played a physical brand of basketball and methodically attacked our interior defense in the basket area. The positive is, we now have a better idea of what we need to do make progress as a team."

The team will rise early on Friday and depart Paris for its second destination on the Red Storm's two-week European Tour - Sorrento, Italy - where a few days of cultural and educational experiences are planned before the team's return to the hardwood in Rome.

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