2005_12_slionsredstorm.jpgIn last night's Panasonic Holiday Festival basketball tournament (could that be the worst name ever?), two local teams matched up in a game that didn't turn out to be much of a competition. The Red Storm from St. John's defeated the Columbia Lions, 63-39. As the final score shows, the game was never close. The Johnnies started the game by going on an 11-2 run and led by seventeen at the end of the first half. In the second half, the Lions fared slightly better, coming as close at fourteen points. St. John's stifled the Lions offense as they were 13-48 (27%) in field goal attempts, had no players score in double digits, and turned the ball over 17 times. Columbia is now 0-17 against the Big East since 1985-86.

The Red Storm (worst name ever?) play UMass tonight at 8:30 in the championship game. St. John's, the defending champion, is seeking its 14th Holiday Festival title. The Lions play St. Peter's at 6:30 in the consolation game.

Photo by AP//Kathy Willens via Yahoo