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Roberts out after 6 seasons at St. John's

NEW YORK (AP) — The weeks of talk on whether coach Norm Roberts would return to St. John's ended Friday: He was fired after six seasons with the Red Storm — only two of them with a winning record."To say it was a difficult decision would be to minimize it," St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch said. "Norm took over a program that was at a low point and at a time when there was a minimal amount of Big East level talent. Norm has restored integrity to our basketball program."But he didn't win enough games.The Red Storm lost to Memphis in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday to finish the season at 17-16, giving Roberts an 81-101 record with the school. St. John's has not been in the NCAA tournament since 2002.Roberts told The Associated Press on Friday that St. John's handled everything "with class.""They really tried to support us and give us what we needed to be successful and we were," he said. "This program was in disarray in a lot of different ways and we were able to move ...

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