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St. Anthony and St. Patrick appear headed for a collision between unbeaten teams in the unofficial national championship March 10.
The Friars, the No. 2 team in the nation, improved to 21-0 Monday with a 55-39 victory at Linden.
Rutgers-bound point guard Myles Mack had 15 points, 3 steals and 2 assists and uncommitted junior point guard Kyle Anderson posted 7 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Rutgers coach Mike Rice and Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard were both in attendance.
UNION, N.J. — Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said he had no choice but to cut senior guards Keon Lawrence and Jamel Jackson Saturday after sources told SNY.tv both players missed curfew Thursday night to attend a party.
“I don’t think there’s any positive in the fact that two guys had to be let go,” Willard, whose teams hosts No. 15 Villanova Tuesday (8 p.m., SNY), said Sunday at the PrimeTime Shootout at Kean University. “There comes a time when the program has to come first.”
Lawrence and Jackson (pictured) were officially dismissed for “a violation of team rules and an ongoing pattern of conduct unbecoming of a representative of Seton Hall athletics.”
St. John’s senior guard Dwight Hardy of The Bronx and Cincinnati freshman guard Sean Kilpatrick of White Plains, N.Y. were honored this week by the Big East.
Hardy was tabbed as Big East Player of the Week after he averaged a league-leading 25.5 points and shot 53.1 percent from the field (17-of-32), 60.0 percent from 3-point range (9-of-15) and 100 percent from the free throw line (8-of-8) in a 2-0 week. He scored a career-high 33 points with four rebounds and three assists in an 89-72 win against No. 10 Connecticut and had a game-high 18 points in a 59-57 win at Cincinnati.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Amar’e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari sat out practice Monday with injuries, but coach Mike D’Antoni expects both to play Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks in the last game before the All-Star break.
Stoudemire missed Saturday night’s win over the Nets with a sprained big toe.
“He’s fine,” D’Antoni said of Stoudemire, who did not speak with reporters. “He talked to me like he wanted to practice tomorrow [Tuesday] so we’ll see but I think for Wednesday he’s fine.”