LUBBOCK, Texas – The St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball game on Thursday against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock was canceled, St. John’s said Monday.
According to St. John’s, the decision was made because of COVID-19.
The news was first reported by Zach Braziller of the New York Post. According to multiple reports, St. John’s intends to replace the Texas Tech game on its schedule with BYU.
Texas Tech released the following statement regarding the cancelation.
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Big 12/BIG EAST Battle matchup between Texas Tech and St. John’s has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns from St. John’s University. The Red Storm administration announced its decision on Monday to cancel the game which was scheduled to be played on Thursday at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock.
A complete rundown of ticketing options will be emailed to individuals who purchased tickets for the St. John’s game. The Texas Tech basketball program is currently working to schedule a replacement game.
On Monday afternoon, St. John’s issued the following statement:
The St. John’s men’s basketball game against Texas Tech, which was scheduled to be played Thursday as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, has been canceled due to COVID-19 risks. Out of concern for its student-athletes, coaches and staff members’ health and safety, St. John’s University has decided to postpone travel to Lubbock, Texas.
“St. John’s top priority is to best ensure ways to minimize risks associated with this global pandemic for both our University community and public health. The University’s COVID-19 management team in consultation with local health experts came to this decision. In the end and with profound disappointment, the gravity of the concerns outweighed the excitement and opportunity to play this game,” – St. John’s University statement.
“We absolutely agree with our University’s decision,” said Director of Athletics Mike Cragg. “The decisions made by St. John’s since the outset of the pandemic have resulted in creating one of the safest and healthiest college environments in the country this past Fall. Our student-athletes and staff remain excited and we will continue forward.”
“Our prayers are with those touched by the coronavirus including those who are ill, their families and all the healthcare professionals that continue to provide medical care and support to those struggling with this virus,” said Kathryn Hutchinson, Ph.D. Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs.
St. John’s returns to action on Monday night when the Johnnies face Boston College inside “Bubbleville.” Tip-off between the Red Storm and Eagles is scheduled for 6 p.m. on ESPNU live from Mohegan Sun Arena.