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A Hardwood Celebration of BIG EAST Proportions

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Anticipation was through the roof as alumni and Red Storm fans celebrated the upcoming season at An Evening with St. John’s Basketball, raising $200,000 in support of St. John’s athletics.

An Evening with Men's Basketball photo gallery

Guests included a number of former St. John’s basketball players, in addition to student-athletes from the current men’s and women’s squads. And with the creation of a new BIG EAST Conference – one that embraces its basketball roots – the FOX Sports 1 “announcing A-Team” of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery was on hand to serve as Masters of Ceremonies.

Throughout the night, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Lavin and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joe Tartamella ’04MBA shared their thoughts on the upcoming season, while Val Ackerman, Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference, spoke about what fans can expect from the conference in its inaugural year.        

“The theme tonight is the celebration of the rejuvenated and refreshed BIG EAST,” said Director of Athletics Chris Monasch ’81SVC. “So we thought that there was simply no better way to celebrate than to have FOX Sports, our media partner, here with Gus and Bill, and have commissioner Ackerman in attendance as well.”