The Friars busted out a can on the Connecticut team, getting 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists from Villanova-bound wing Dominic Cheek, en route to a 71-45 victory. With Villanova-coach Jay Wright looking on, Cheek shot 10-for-21 from the floor, but just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. He looked impressive in driving to the basket on several occasions instead of always setting for the jumper and was named his team’s MVP. Junior forward Devon Collier added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and grabbed 11 boards and Ashton Pankey scored 14 points. St. Anthony broke the game open by outscoring Hotckhiss 41-19 in the second and third quarters to turn an 18-16 lead into a 59-35 rout. Derrick Wilson was named MVP for Hotchkiss after scoring 12 points. Kellen Jones added 11.
Coach Bob Hurley, just nominated for the Naismith Hall of Fame, earned career win No. 953. He is trying to become the first coach in Jersey history to win 1,000 career games. After losing to Long Island Lutheran earlier in the week, Hurley mixed up his lineup a bit, bringing Derrick Williams off the bench and starting Cheek, Collier, Jamee Jackson, Elijah Carter and Devon McLeod. WESTCHESTER 85, LINCOLN 78
Junior guard Jordin Mayes had a game-high 32 points, hitting six 3-pointers and going a perfect 8-of-8 from the stripe, as Westchester (24-2), ranked No. 9 in the RivalsHigh 100, handed Lincoln (16-10) yet another showcase loss, 85-78. Mayes was named his team’s MVP. Dominique O’Connor added 24 points for the Los Angeles school and was 14-of-19 from the line. USC-bound junior guard Dwayne Polee scored 10 points. Lance Stephenson led Lincoln with 26 points and 11 rebounds, Maryland-bound forward James Padgett added 23 points and 11 boards and Shaquille Stokes scored 16. Stephenson, who will visit Kansas Feb. 21, wore Nike Air Jordans despite all the fuss last night at the Nike Super 6 where Lincoln lost to St. Patrick (N.J.) and then had its complimentary Nikes taken out of its locker room because the players didn’t wear the sneakers in the game. Mayes hit four 3’s in the third period — all from the same spot on the right wing — when Westchester outscored Lincoln 24-18. He was a perfect 4-of-4 of the line in the final 30 seconds. Lincoln is playing five games in six days and must turn around Sunday night and play Thomas Jefferson for the Brooklyn Borough championship at 7 p.m. at LIU. Jefferson will likely be without senior guard Keith Spellman in that tilt. Spellman is suffering from back spasms that could end his season, according to FiveBoroSports.com. ST. BENEDICT’S 75, MOUNTAIN STATE 61
Playing its first game of the post-Tristan Thompson Era, St. Benedict’s overcame a slow start to beat up on Mountain State (W. Va.), 75-61, to give head coach Dan Hurley his 200th career victory. “I set a goal for our program a couple of years ago to try to win our 200th before we lost our 20th,” Hurley, who is now 200-19 in eight seasons at the Newark school, told The Star-Ledger. “I think that with everything that’s gone on in the last 10 days, it’s been a tough patch for us.” After starting the season 19-0, St. Ben’s lost back-to-back games to Mater Dei and St. Patrick. Then last week Hurley dismissed the 6-foot-8 Thompson, the No. 5-rated player in the Class of 2010 according to Rivals, from the team last week for “public insubordination.” The story was first reported by ZAGSBLOG; Thompson will resurface at Findlay Prep. Junior guard Aaron Brown had 16 points, Rice-bound guard Tamir Jackson, Pitt-bound forward Lamar Patterson and Mike Poole added 15 points apiece. Patterson also grabbed 14 boards and was named team MVP. West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins and assistant Larry Harrison were on hand to watch their recruits, but 6-9 senior Deniz Kilicli battled foul trouble and finished with eight points. 6-2 West Virginia-bound junior point guard Noah Cottrill tallied a game-high 18 points and was named team MVP. 6-7 junior wing Shaquille Thomas, who began the year at Paterson Catholic, scored nine points, four on putback dunks, and added five rebounds. After nearly committing to Syracuse last year, he says he’s now considering Syracuse, Florida, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Clemson and Kansas. “They’re all looking at me very hard,” he said. (Photo courtesy