Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
With their 71-67 win over Seton Hall on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, St. John’s has now won four in a row.
Led by D’Angelo Harrison’s 24 points and seven rebounds, the Johnnies improved to 13-7 overall and 5-3 in the Big East.
They are now tied for third in the conference with Pittsburgh and trail only Syracuse (6-1) and Marquette (5-1).
“We’re a work in progress but I think we’re trending upwards,” Johnnies coach Steve Lavin told reporters.
With DePaul (10-9, 1-5) up next at home on Wednesday, the Johnnies stand a strong chance of moving to 6-3 in the league.
“That would be big-time,” freshman forward JaKarr Sampson , who had 19 points and five boards in the win, said after the Rutgers win.
“The league is kind of crazy right now. We could probably separate ourself from the pack. These next two games are big for us.”
Gene Teague led Seton Hall (13-7, 2-5) with 22 points and Fuquan Edwin added 14 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to go with nine rebounds.
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Pope John coach Jason Hasson attended the game with freshman point guard Bryce Aiken. Senior forward Jermaine Lawrence, who is considering St. John’s, Cincinnati and UNLV, did not attend with them.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.