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Game thread: St. John’s vs Iona

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The likely short-handed Red Storm renew rivalry with Iona

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It’s been eight days and 20 hours since St. John’s last played in a competitive game, the 82-70 loss to Arizona State that was closer than the final score looked. The Johnnies have had a week of rest, finals and now, Chris Mullin’s team finally gets on the floor against the Iona Gaels.

Rivalry, renewed.

Chris Mullin accepted the Iona matchup in the Holiday Festival, telling the NY Post that the way St. John’s was when he played was the Johnnies never avoided any team. Tim Cluess, Iona’s coach, wants to see the matchup more regularly.

Marcus LoVett is unlikely for this evening’s game. But the Red Storm have enough to compete with Iona, who won the MAAC tournament the last two years to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Will St. John’s take out the Gaels, or fall to the local rival like back in 1995?

Game Details

Who: St. John’s Red Storm (8-2) versus Iona Gaels (5-4)

What: Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival

Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

When: Sunday, December 17th, 4:30 PM ET

TV: FS1 or Fox Sports GO

Audio: 970 WNYM AM