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Tuesday / June 18.
  • Cliff Dixon, a 6-10 forward from Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College who has verbally committed to Seton Hall, has been reinstated for the second semester by his head coach.

    Dixon has been suspended since Nov. 19 for conduct detrimental to the team. He missed four games during his suspension and was averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 rebounds beforehand.

    Hutchinson was 9-3 entering tonight’s game with Central Florida.

    With Kansas head coach Bill Self looking on courtside, Lance Stephenson scored a game-high 32 points but the Lincoln Railsplitters came up on the losing end, 77-57, against Duncanville (Texas) in the Old Spice Classic on ESPN.

    After repeatedly powering his way to the basket and also showing his long-range shooting skills by draining a 3-pointer from two feet behind the line, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Stephenson was named MVP of the game upon making 13 of 21 from the field. He entered averaging 34.3 points per game.

    “He’s got the God-given body, and he’s blessed with quickness to go with it,” Duncanville coach Phil McNeely told the Dallas Morning News prior to the game. “That’s a deadly combination.”

    Coach Self sat courtside with a Diet Coke. Stephenson says he is considering Kansas, Memphis, USC and St. John’s, and Self is clearly interested. Stephenson told the Star-Telegram he intended to attend college and not play overseas like Brandon Jennings.

    “That’s not an option,” Stephenson said. “I’m just taking my time, and I will decide after the season in April.”

    Photo courtesy Star-Ledger

    Photo courtesy Star-Ledger

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Robert E. Mulcahy said he was fired as Rutgers athletic director after refusing a request by university president Richard L. McCormick to resign.

    “When I asked if I had done anything wrong and was told ‘No,’ I felt there was no reason for me to offer my resignation,” Mulcahy said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Thursday. “In effect, he terminated me.”

    Jamie Skeen, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward who is transferring from Wake Forest, is considering three schools for his next possible destination and hopes to decide by later this month or early January.

    “Right now it’s three schools that really want me, Seton Hall, South Florida and VCU,” Skeen said Thursday in a phone interview.

    “So far I have visited Seton Hall first [last weekend]. I got back late last night from VCU. I drove up there. My plane leaves for South Florida at 6 tomorrow evening.”

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