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Tuesday / August 11.
  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As Michael Gilchrist drove toward the basket and put up a jump shot early in the fourth quarter of the unofficial high school national championship game between St. Patrick and St. Anthony, Kyle Anderson lurked patiently a few feet away in the paint.

    The 6-foot-8 Anderson jumped and swatted the shot away, collected the loose ball and then passed it ahead to teammate Myles Mack. Playing in his future college home in the Rutgers Athletic Center, Mack fed it to teammate Jordan Quick for a run-out layup and a five-point lead.

    Anderson’s played fueled an 8-0 game-changing run and St. Anthony, No. 2 in the nation, shocked and stunned No. 1 and previously unbeaten St. Patrick, 62-45, in the North Non-Public B final before a capacity crowd of 8,057 that included Kentucky coach John Calipari, Rutgers coach Mike Rice and a crew from “60 Minutes.”

    “The block was great, but I think the pitch-ahead to Myles starting the break on the other end was maybe the complete play,” said Anderson, a junior.

    NEW YORK – St. John’s advanced to a Big East quarterfinal showdown with Syracuse on Thursday, but not without the Big East acknowledging two late officiating errors in a controversy-filled ending at Madison Square Garden.

    With St. John’s leading Rutgers by two points, Justin Brownlee gathered a loose ball in the backcourt, took three steps toward the sideline, appeared to step out of bounds and then tossed the ball into the crowd with 1.7 seconds remaining.

    Official Tim Higgins was positioned along the sideline but no call was made.

    As St. John’s coach Steve Lavin went to shake the hand of Rutgers Director of Basketball Operations Jim Carr, Rutgers coach Mike Rice went nuts while addressing the remaining officials near midcourt.

    NEW YORKPat Hobbs arrived at Madison Square Garden Wednesday and was informed of Bobby Gonzalez’s latest off-the-cuff riff.

    “No comment,” said Hobbs, the Dean of the Seton Hall Law School who fired Gonzo last spring.

    In comments made to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, Gonzo took a shot at current Seton Hall  head coach Kevin Willard, whose team lost to Rutgers, 76-70 in overtime, Tuesday in the first round of the Big East tournament.