Thursday, March 14, 2013

Steve Lavin schools player on court during St. John's-Villanova game

St. John's coach Steve Lavin has one of the youngest teams in the nation and it takes a lot to get through to his kids. On Wednesday night Lavin showed why he wears those red and white sneakers during the Red Storm games.

Lavin's talented, shapeless and short-handed team was hanging on to a 29-26 lead in their second-round Big East Tournament game against Villanova when the coach didn't like the way sophomore forward Sir'Dominic Pointer was defending a Wildcats inbound pass.

A frustrated Lavin called a time out, raced to the baseline under the net and showed Pointer how to keep passer at bay.

Even the referee got a laugh out of Lavin's on the court coaching session before he indicated, "Hey, give me the ball back."

Pointer might have been a little rusty since it was his first game back after a one game suspension for a fight at Notre Dame last week.

As for Lavin, it'll be back to the chalk board teaching his kids — who dropped the game, 66-53 — and hoping a NIT bid is in the future.

If they get one — you might see the coach in a uniform too.

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