St. John’s game postponed due to COVID-19 issues

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St. John’s 12-day layoff is going to turn out to be even longer.

Saturday’s game against DePaul was postponed less than a half hour before tip-off due to COVID-19 issues within the Red Storm program.

“While we’re obviously disappointed at not being able to play today, postponing the game is unequivocally the right thing to do,” athletic director Mike Cragg said in a released statement. “The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff has always been our top priority and we saw no reason to take any unnecessary risk. We thank Coach Leitao, the DePaul administration and the BIG EAST Conference for their cooperation in this manner.”

Prior to the news, St. John’s had managed to avoid any positive tests since players returned to campus in late July. Players recently were allowed to go home for a few days to see family. St. John’s was initially expected to play Villanova on Dec. 30, but coach Jay Wright suggested they push back the game to give both teams a chance to see family during the holidays.

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