Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK – Jonathan Mitchell saw Jeremy Hazell pull up from well behind the 3-point line and drain a game-tying shot with 2 seconds remaining in the first-round Big East tournament game between Rutgers and Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden.
As Hazell’s shot swished through the net, sending the game into overtime, Mitchell, a redshirt senior from Mount Vernon, N.Y., thought to himself, “Ho-ly cow.”
“That was definitely a tough shot,” Mitchell added. “But hey, he’s been around the block a few times so I don’t expect nothing less from him.”
Instead of growing disenchanted and disappointed by Hazell’s clutch 3-pointer and the fact that Rutgers didn’t foul on the play, Mitchell bucked up, attacked the basket and scored eight of his team’s 12 points in the overtime.
No. 13 Rutgers outscored No. 12 Seton Hall 12-6 in the extra frame and won the Garden State Showdown, 76-70, despite a game-high 27 from Hazell in his last collegiate game.
NEW YORK — With their 131-109 dismantling of the Utah Jazz Monday night at Madison Square Garden, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony gave the rest of the NBA a glimpse into just how efficient and ruthless the new-look Knicks can be going forward.
Stoudemire and Anthony combined for 65 points and missed just seven total shots on the night. Neither played the fourth quarter. The game was effectively over at halftime, when the Knicks led 66-48.
Anthony tallied 34 points on 12 of 16 shooting and Stoudemire finished with 31 on 12 of 15 shooting in just 24 minutes. Toney Douglas added 20 points in place of the injured Chauncey Billups (bruised left quad).
Duke guard Nolan Smith is the only unanimous selection to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball first team.
The All-ACC teams were announced Monday following a vote of 75 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Smith was joined on the first team by Duke teammate Kyle Singler, Maryland’s Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney and Boston College’s Reggie Jackson. Smith, who leads the ACC with an average of 21.6 points and is second in assists, also made the league’s all-defense team.
For the first time in league history, the outright ACC regular-season champion failed to place any players on the first team. North Carolina did have three players make the second team and another on the third team.