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Friday / July 19.
  • Herb Pope, a talented 6-foot-9 sophomore forward who played at New Mexico State, said Monday night that he is taking his services to Seton Hall.

    Apparently, Pope was going to return to NMSU as of Friday, but Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez helped convince him to change his mind. He averaged 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season.

    “I am going to Seton Hall,” Pope, who was granted a release by NMSU,  told the Las Crucus Sun-News.

    “I have family matters back home and I wanted to get closer to the east coast,” Pope said. “I am a father and I want to get closer to my daughter because I don’t want her to go through the same things that I went through.”

    Lest a day go by without a Tobias Harris update, here we go.

    The 6-foot-8 Harris, who transferred to Long Island Lutheran, attended the Kentucky-Louisville football game Sunday. He recently cut his list to 10 schools, including Louisville.

    “Tobias had a great visit to Louisville,” his father, Torrel, said. “The whole visit was nice. Tobias had the chance watch the football game against Kentucky. The fans were unbelievable, especially when the Louisville basketball team was introduced. The whole atmosphere was great.

    “Tobias had a meeting with Coach Rick Pitino and he came away very impressed with Coach Pitino and all of the coaches.

    After much speculation about where he would end up, 6-foot-8 Tobias Harris has announced that he will transfer to Long Island Lutheran from Half Hollow Hills West High School on Long Island.

    “Tobias will be attending Lutheran High School next year and feels the move will continue to help his game develop,” his father Torrel said. “It is important to face the best competition and we felt the schedule Half Hollow Hills West plays would simply not challenge Tobias enough to further improve his game.”

    Moustafa El Zanaty scored a game-high 30 points to lead McGill University to an 88-83 victory over Virginia in an exhibition game on Sunday.

    It was the final game of a three-game weekend exhibition trip to Canada for the Cavaliers. UVa defeated St. Lawrence College (107-60) and Concordia University (85-70) in exhibition games on Saturday (Aug. 30). McGill lost to Kansas 72-67 in a Saturday exhibition game.

    Virginia led 80-75 with 3:02 left in Sunday’s game with McGill before the Redmen outscored the Cavaliers 13-3 the rest of the way. McGill took the lead for good at 81-80 with 1:06 left on two free throws by El Zanaty. He scored eight points in the final McGill run and went 6-6 from the free throw line in the last 1:06 of the game.

    Elsewhere, N.C. State routed Guelph, 87-47, behind 22 points from reserve forward Dennis Horner’s 22 points and 18 points and 13 boards from junior forward Brandon Costner of Montclair, N.J.

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