With a close 68-63 loss (but a spirited effort) against Syracuse behind them, St. John’s now has three more games until they begin the conference schedule New Year’s Eve against Xavier.
And should the Johnnies have any thoughts about looking past their next opponent in San Francisco on Wednesday, they should be quick to remember last season’s ugly result in California.
St. John’s had played San Francisco only twice in their history before last year’s contest, which was an emotional night for head coach Steve Lavin.
Lavin’s father, "Cap", was honored at halftime along with San Francisco’s 1949 NIT Champion team as well as the squad that won 1955-1956 NCAA Tournament. Lavin’s father passed away this past February.
This will be the second game of a home-and-home series and St. John’s holds the overall edge 2-1. The schools first played each other in 1995.
December 4, 2012: San Francisco 81, St. John’s 65
Lavin wanted to give his team the experience of playing a tough early season game on the road against a school that would be motivated to beat a team from a power conference. And the Dons were certainly up to the challenge this night.
San Francisco upped their lead to as many as 15 points in the second half, but St. John’s cut the disadvantage to just three with under eight minutes left in the game. But the Dons answered with a quick 5-0 run and eventually took a 10-point lead with five minutes left as the Johnnies could never recover.
De'End Parker led San Francisco with 21 points, but it was Cody Doolin who facilitated most of the damage. He finished with 14 assists and also scored 18 points.
December 31, 2000: St. John’s 92, San Francisco 77
This game was delayed a day due to a snowstorm that hit the New York City-area just 24 hours earlier, but St. John’s cruised to an easy win as five players scored in double figures.
Anthony Glover scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Johnnies while Alpha Bangura scored a season-high 19 points. The freshman Omar Cook scored 16 points with 10 assists, which was his third game of the season with double-digit assists.
Reggie Jessie (16 points) and Willie Shaw (12 points) were the other two Johnnies to score in double figures as the win improved the team to 6-5 on the season.
December 9, 1995: St. John’s 80, San Francisco 78
Felipe Lopez scored 20 points as St. John’s made seven straight free throws down the stretch to hold off the Dons in San Francisco.
Rowan Barrett added 19 points and Zendon Hamilton contributed another 17 points for the Johnnies.
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