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St. John’s to play Sacred Heart in 2018-19

A return engagement for the Pioneers vs St. John’s.

Bashir Ahmed goes through a Pioneers player on way to basket
Wendell Cruz

St. John’s enjoyed hosting Sacred Heart so much, they have invited the Connecticut school back to New York again.

The Sacred Heart Pioneers, from the NEC, graduate four seniors and lose a little-used guard. Anthony Latina’s team, which went 10-21 last season, does bring in a transfer from Florida Southern (eligible next year) and five newcomers.

Last year’s game, a 90-55 win, featured a halftime adjustment where the Johnnies blew past the overmatched NEC team, after playing nearly even in the first half.

In Chris Mullin’s fourth year, the team hopes to replicate that effort — with less of a lackluster first half. The Johnnies also hope to have more than eight scholarship players for next season’s game, with newcomers Sedee Keita, Mikey Dixon, Boubacar Diakite, Josh Roberts and Marcellus Earlington joining the squad.

This contest joins an already announced St. John’s tournament in the Barclays Classic. The Red Storm should also have a return engagement against Duke at Cameron Indoor Arena, and will play Georgia Tech in Miami’s American Airlines Arena.