John Shurna of Northwestern and Terrico White of Mississippi tallied 11 each and DeAngelo Castro of Washington State scored 11 points each, while Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs and Georgia’s Howard Thompkins (pictured) scored 10 apiece. Gibbs also dished our four assists and had two steals.
“One thing we did pretty well was shoot the ball and we made some extra passes, made good decisions,” USA and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “We know we’ve got to get better as this tournament continues so this is the first one and hopefully we’ve got something to build on.”
**For my feature on Ashton and Sterling Gibbs, click here.
KEARNEY TO HOLY CROSS
Notre Dame associate head coach Sean Kearney got the nod as the new Holy Cross head coach, according to a report by FoxSports.com. Kearney was chosen over Pitt associate head coach Tommy Herrion and ABA coach Rod Baker.
Kearney, 49, has been an assistant to head coach Mike Brey at Notre Dame for nine years. A press conference is expected Friday.
ST. JOHN’S ELITE CAMP
The St. John’s Elite Camp is going on right now and the Johnnies have a number of talented locals on campus, including Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick), Jayvaughn Pinkston (Loughlin), Devon Collier (St. Anthony), Mike Taylor (Boys & Girls), Myles Mack (Paterson Catholic, Kyle Anderson (Paterson Catholic), Kadeem Jack (St. Raymond’s) and Corey Edwards (Christ the King).
Speaking of Pinkston, he will remain at Loughlin and not attend Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, according to Kimani Young of New Heights. Pinkston had considered playing for Steve Smith at Oak Hill.
BIG EAST SKED OUT
The Big East schedule is out and Cincinnati plays at Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s and UConn so New York area fans will have plenty of chances to catch Lance Stephenson in person. I’m sure at least a couple of those games will appear on SNY.