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St. John's is easily one of the most inexperienced teams in college basketball season, but the Red Storm have shown poise beyond their years on their way to a 2-0 start.
Bolstered by the return of head coach Steve Lavin to the bench, St. John's overcame a halftime deficit for the second straight game to take a 78-73 win against Lehigh as part of the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer at Carnesecca Arena.
Forward God'sgift Achiuwa led four St. John's players in double figures with 21 points to go with eight rebounds. Achiuwa was 6-of-6 from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line in 37 minutes. Guard Nurideen Lindsey and forward Moe Harkless had 15 points each, while guard D'Angelo Harrison had 12.
St. John's shot 54.8 percent from the field and outscored Lehigh by a 30-11 margin at the free throw line.
Thursday is an off day in BIG EAST arenas, but eight teams begin their seasons Friday - all at home. Connecticut begins defense of its NCAA title on ESPNU as the Huskies host Columbia at Gampel Pavilion.
Other Friday games include Albany at Pittsburgh, Monmouth at Villanova, Tennessee-Martin at Louisville, Dartmouth at Rutgers, Mount St. Mary's at Marquette, Texas-Pan American at DePaul and Oral Roberts at West Virginia.