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St. John’s Loses To Syracuse 79-73; Injury Ends Kennedy’s Season

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You know how they say “add insult to injury,” well that could well sum up St. John’s 79-73 loss to Syracuse at Madison Square Garden in the Big East Tournament. Senior D.J. Kennedy’s torn ACL during the first half sent him to the Garden floor in pain, and his look of anguish and despair certainly encapsulated what Red Storm players and their fans were feeling after today’s disappointing loss.

What could have happened in this game if they did not lose Kennedy early on? We’ll never know, but Kennedy’s lost for the season and that is not a good thing for the Johnnies and their morale. Plus, Kennedy’s loss (and the loss to Syracuse) is a blow to their NCAA standing for the rest of the way, but that may not matter much with Kennedy gone.

After the game the forward’s teammates learned that Kennedy had a complete ACL tear, which means a long road toward recovery for him. That’s the kind of thing coach Steve Lavin’s guys didn’t want to hear, but it could be a rallying point for them too in the weeks ahead.

Sean Evans (11 points), who replaced Kennedy, said after the game that he was going to “play hard” for Kennedy. The rest of his mates while a bit stunned about what happened seemed to have the same feeling, with Dwight Hardy (22 points) saying, “We’re going to play hard as we can for him.”

Steve Lavin may have to use the old “Win one for the Gipper” kind of pep talk for the Johnnies, but for now they are going to have to watch Syracuse take on UConn this Friday night. While this promises to be a great game, the hometown fans are understandably disappointed and, with Kennedy out, the road is going to be pretty bumpy for SJU the rest of the way.

Photo Credit: Simmons/Daily News

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.
  • El Bicho

    Looks like the universe righted the previous wrong

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    And the officials were pulled out as well, and they should have been. It’s about time refs/umps/judges, etc. get their acts together.

  • Argon Blanchette

    Don’t sell St. John’s short. Although this is a setback, it will also be an inspiration that will catapult them to higher levels than anyone thought possible. Evans, Burrell and Brownlee are a rough and tumble trio that will pose problems for any team they face. Hardy will step up his game to an even higher level. Don’t think that D.J. Kennedy’s loss will demoralize this team. He will be with them every step of the way.

  • Argon Blanchette

    To El Bicho: St. John’s didn’t make the call, the refs did. Are you saying that St. John’s lost because to Syracuse because Rutgers got a raw deal with the poor officiating? Everyone please read and notice this vacuum head El Bicho. Stupidity has no limits.

  • El Bicho

    “Stupidity has no limits.”

    You’ve proven that by taking my joke seriously. Next time I’ll be sure to include an emoticon so you can keep up