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Below are some highlights from today’s Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic at Seton Hall. I’m told the following coaches / schools were on hand to watch the action: Bob Huggins and Billy Hahn of West Virginia, Fred Hill and Jim Carr of Rutgers, David Cox of Georgetown, Scott Adubato and Dermon Player of Seton Hall, Jared Grasso of Fordham, Mike Rice and Andy Toole of Robert Morris, Steve Sauers of Iona, Horace Owens from La Salle, Geoff Arnold from St. Joe’s, and assistants from Rider and NYU….
***Behind 24 points from junior guard Isaiah Epps, Plainfield beat Paterson Catholic, 73-61, marking the second year in a row Plainfield has downed the Cougars.
Epps, Anthony Baskerville (21 points) and Tyrone Johnson (16 points) combined for 61 of Plainfield’s points. Epps scored 13 in the fourth period.
It was a Big Day for the Big East, with UConn and Syracuse both winning nationally televised games, St. John’s rolling into the finals of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden and Rutgers getting another strong performance from its freshmen studs.
**I was at MSG, where the Johnnies routed Marist 65-44 to advance to Sunday’s title game against Virginia Tech in the Holiday Festival. St. John’s, playing without injured stars Anthony Mason Jr. and Justin Burrell, is now 9-1, its best start since 1990-91. Read my game story here on SNY.tv.
**In Seattle, A.J. Price had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lift No. 2 UConn over No. 8 Gonzaga, 88-84, in OT. Jerome Dyson scored six of his 21 in the extra period. Price drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to send it to OT. Read that story here.
Playing without North Carolina-bound guard Dexter Strickland, St. Patrick of Elizabeth beat Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, 77-69, in the quarterfinals of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., according to Dylan Butler’s blog on fiveborosports.com.
Michael Gilchrist , a 6-7 sophomore who should be the next great star out of Kevin Boyle’s program, tallied a game-high 30 points to go with 14 rebounds. He was 10-of 15 from the field and 10-of-10 from the line.
Derrick Gordon tallied 27 points and four steals in St. Pat’s season opener. George Mason-bound forward Paris Bennett added nine points, seven rebounds and two assists
Seton Hall had hoped to get word on Keon Lawrence’s waiver by Friday, the last day of final exams.
Had the 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior been granted the waiver by then, he would have been permitted to suit up for tonight’s IUPUI game at the Prudential Center.
Because the NCAA is a business like any other, it will be taking time off over the holidays. According to a source, that means that Seton Hall probably won’t hear anything on the matter for at least a little while.