Hardworking Johnnies are rock stars

Blue-collar Red Storm putting "hammer to rock" and watching the victories pile up

Updated: March 2, 2011, 10:38 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- If you sit in on a Steve Lavin news conference, you're practically guaranteed to hear one catchphrase in particular -- likely on multiple occasions.

"Hammer to rock" has become a mantra of sorts for St. John's. It's Lavin's metaphor for the hard work he asks for and expects from his players on a daily basis.

Some people may believe Lavin and his staff are nothing short of magicians for what they've accomplished with this Red Storm squad (19-9, 11-5 Big East), ...

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