Short-handed Johnnies usher in new era

With coach Lavin absent, St. John's unveiled its new generation at Midnight Madness

Updated: October 15, 2011, 9:30 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- A new era began at St. John's University on Friday night -- for the second year in a row.

Twelve months ago, on this high holy day of college hoops otherwise known as Midnight Madness, St. John's welcomed new coach Steve Lavin -- the former prodigy at UCLA, who became an even hotter commodity after seven years on TV with ESPN, hired to resurrect this once-proud but then-dormant program.

Last season, Lavin took a senior-laden team that St. John's fans had watched ...

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