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  • St. John's head coach Steve Lavin shouts orders in the first half of their NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Friday, March 01, 2013 10:50 am

Harrison suspended by St John's for rest of season

The Associated Press

D'Angelo Harrison, the third-leading scorer in the Big East Conference, was suspended Friday by St. John's for the rest of the season.

Red Storm coach Steve Lavin made the announcement without giving a reason for the suspension, which includes postseason games.

Harrison, a sophomore guard from Missouri City, Texas, averaged 17.8 points. He reached the 20-point mark in 13 of 27 games this season with a high of 36 against Villanova. He recently became the 48th player in St. John's history to reach 1,000 points.

"I had a productive meeting with D'Angelo yesterday," Lavin said Friday. "He has a bright future in basketball and I'm optimistic his time away from our team will be of value."

The Red Storm (16-11, 8-7) are ninth in the 15-team Big East. The top eight teams receive a bye into the second round of the conference tournament. They play Saturday at Providence.