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Saturday / December 15.
  • Powell scores 40 as Seton Hall beats Grand Canyon at Wooden Legacy

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    By JILL PAINTER-LOPEZ

    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Myles Powell was just knocking down shots after his Seton Hall teammates kept finding ways to deliver the ball to him. He figured he was just doing his job, but it turned out to be a record-setting day.

    Powell scored a career-high 40 points to lead Seton Hall to an 82-75 first-round win over Grand Canyon in the Wooden Legacy on Thursday night.

    He tied the tournament record for points in regulation set by James Harden — the NBA’s reigning MVP — of Arizona State in 2008.

    “He’s the MVP of the league,” Powell said of Harden. “When you say James Harden, that’s who a lot of kids look up to. Just to be put in that category with him is great.”

    Powell learned of the distinction with the Houston Rockets’ All-Star while watching Hawaii play Utah in Thursday’s finale of the tournament.

    “Wow. First time I’ve heard that. Everything is a blessing,” Powell said. “I’m blessed to be in this situation. I’d like to thank my coaching staff and teammates for believing in me.”

    Powell has plenty of work to do in order to have a similar beard, however. But he had a Harden-esque game-winning shot Thursday.

    Powell hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 66 seconds left to give the Pirates (2-2) the lead for good at 76-75. Grand Canyon went 0 for 2 from the field with a turnover from there.

    Damari Milstead scored 21 points and Alessandro Lever scored 20 points for Grand Canyon (3-2).

    Powell, who set the tournament record by scoring 21 first-half points, made back-to-back baskets to give Seton Hall a 10-point lead with nine minutes to play. Lever answered with a 3-pointer and Michael Finke hit two more 3s during a 20-9 run that gave the Antelopes a 73-72 lead, their first since 2-0, with two minutes to go.

    Myles proved to be the difference.

    Photo: Kohjiro Kinno/ ESPN Events

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.