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Friday / November 22.
  • The Big East has named Louisville guard Peyton Siva and Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb the winners of the conference’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week ending Jan. 30.

    Siva was chosen as Big East Player of the Week for the second time this season after he averaged 16.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals while leading the Cardinals to two one-point wins.  He scored the winning basket with 4.5 seconds remaining in a 55-54 win over West Virginia.  In a 79-78 victory at Connecticut he had 19 points, including game-tying shots in both regulation and the first overtime.

    Little more than a month since committing to Providence on Christmas Day, Ricardo Ledo has decommitted.

    The No. 2 shooting guard in the Class of 2012 from Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep announced the move on his Twitter.

    “I’m no longer a providence friar I decided to open my recruitment back up and view my other options.”

    Numerous schools were involved with the 6-foot-6 Ledo prior to the commitment, including Louisville, Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and UConn.

    Here are the scoring leaders for the SNY Invitational from this past weekend.

    St. Anthony defeated Boys & Girls, 43-38, in the championship game, while Rice downed Mount Vernon, 77-70, in the consolation game.

    Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony was named MVP and West Virginia-bound Jabarie Hinds of Mount Vernon received the Sportsmanship Award.

    SCORING LEADERS

    1. Jabarie Hinds, Mount Vernon, 27 ppg

    2. Melvin Johnson, Rice, 21.5

    3. Jermaine Sanders, Rice, 18

    NEW YORK — The Indiana Pacers’ coaching change could spell good news for Brooklyn’s Lance Stephenson.

    And Roy Hibbert, Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George, too.

    “I think a lot of times the young guys are going to be the ones that help you win the most,” Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel said Sunday, according to the Indy Star. “I can’t play all 15 guys. That’s one of the challenges of being a head coach.

    “I think our fans should be excited. This is going to be an exciting part of the second half of the year.”

    NEW YORK – As big as St. John’s stunning 93-78 upset of No. 3 Duke was Sunday at Madison Square Garden, the Johnnies still have some serious work to do to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.

    “It helps out a lot, confidence-wise, and of course when they look at our resume, it helps out a lot,” said senior forward Justin Burrell, who had 8 points and 5 rebounds in the blowout.

    “But at the end of the day it only counts as one win so we have to go out and continue to win more games in order to be a contender to be able to play in the NCAA Tournament.”