Good evening everybody from high atop Sexton Arena where St. John’s is about to meet Hamline in MIAC men’s basketball action.
The Pipers, of course, have been in the news for reasons no team wants to be – stemming from assault charges against former player Eugene Lawrence after an incident on a road trip to Spokane over the New Year’s holiday.
It resulted in Lawrence’s dismissal from the team and a series of player suspensions, though all those suspensions are now over and Hamline will be back at full strength from a player standpoint this evening.
Athletic director Jason Verdugo remains acting head coach in place of Nelson Whitmore, who is still suspended. Hamline has lost four straight games since the suspensions were announced, including a forfeit to Gustavus on Jan. 5.
The Johnnies, meanwhile, snapped a five-game losing streak with a 63-46 win at St. Mary’s Monday in Winona.
The St. John’s student section is observing a “Silent Night Game” tonight. They will remain silent until the Johnnies’ score their 10th point of the game.
St. Benedict is on the road against Hamline in St. Paul this evening.
I’ll have updates here at halftime and afterward and you can follow along live on Twitter at @rajko1973.