St. John's releases nonconference schedule

St. John's released its full nonconference schedule for the 2012-13 men's basketball season on Wednesday.

The Red Storm will open up by hosting Detroit at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. -- a game that will air on ESPN, as part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

Next the team will play three games in Charleston, S.C., as part of the DirecTV Charleston Classic. The other seven participants are: Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Charleston, Colorado, Dayton and Murray State. The games will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, Friday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 18.

St. John's will play three more games in the month of November -- all at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm will welcome Holy Cross (Wednesday, Nov. 21), Florida Gulf Coast (Saturday, Nov. 24) and South Carolina (Thursday, Nov. 29). The game against the Gamecocks is part of the SEC/Big East Challenge.

After hosting NJIT at Carnesecca Arena on Saturday, Dec. 1, the Red Storm will fly cross-country to take on San Francisco on Tuesday, Dec. 4. They will then return home to face Fordham on Saturday, Dec. 8 -- their first game of the season at Madison Square Garden, and part of the Holiday Festival doubleheader.

One week later, St. John's will play St. Francis (NY) at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, part of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival tripleheader. Then the Red Storm will return to campus to host UNC Asheville on Friday, Dec. 21.

As previously announced, St. John's will face DePaul, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Rutgers twice in Big East conference play, and every other conference foe once. The actual game dates have yet to be released.

Prior to the regular season opener, St. John's will play two exhibition games at Carnesecca Arena -- versus Division II Sonoma State (Thursday, Nov. 1) and versus Division III Concordia (IL) (Tuesday, Nov. 6). Sonoma State is coached by Pat Fuscaldo, one of Steve Lavin's former coaches. Concordia is coached by Tyler Jones, a prostate cancer survivor who credits Lavin and his public battle with the disease as helping him in his diagnosis and treatment.