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NEW YORK --- Jubilation.

That's the only word No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (VA) coach Steve Smith could think of when asked to describe Saturday's 62-60 overtime victory against No. 5 La Lumiere (IN) in the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals final at Madison Square Garden.

After its 18-point third quarter lead slowly evaporated at the hands of 2017 star forward Brian Bowen and the Lakers, Oak Hill rallied after trailing by three with 40 seconds left to win on a Khadim Sy tip-in at the buzzer, sending the Warriors bench streaming onto the court to pile on senior center.

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2016-3-30 Shoot Around (Matt Hernandez)
2016-3-30 Shoot Around (Matt Hernandez)

NEW YORK --- Playing two high-profile games in two different cities within 24 hours is nothing for UConn commit Alterique Gilbert. apparently.

After scoring seven points in the McDonalds All-American Game in Chicago on Wednesday, Gilbert dropped a team-high 20 points to lead No. 13 Miller Grove (GA) past No. 5 Findlay Prep (NV) 67-65 in the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals quarterfinals at Christ the King High School on Thursday.

"I left the hotel around 3:30am, the flight left around 5:30 and I got to the hotel about 10:30," Gilbert said. "I took an hour nap and came right here."

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Notre Dame's Rex Pflueger celebrates with his teammates as time expires after tipping in the winning basket against Stephen F. Austin. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
Notre Dame's Rex Pflueger celebrates with his teammates as time expires after tipping in the winning basket against Stephen F. Austin. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Notre Dame avoided an upset to Stephen F. Austin thanks to a Rex Pflueger tip-in in the final seconds to advance to the Sweet 16.

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NEW YORK -- Highly-touted NBA prospect Demetrius Jackson may have been earning Jerian Grant comparisons at Notre Dame this season, but it was junior guard VJ Beachem who shined when the lights were at their brightest on Friday.

After earning a permanent spot on the bench due to poor play during last season's NCAA Tournament, the Indiana native dropped a game-high 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting, leading the No. 6 Irish to a thrilling 70-63 win over No. 11 Michigan in a first round East Region game in Brooklyn.

"I'm really proud of him because a year ago, he didn't have a good postseason," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "I didn't even play him in the NCAA Tournament. To have him deliver like he did tonight."

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Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks forward Thomas Walkup reacts in the second half in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Barclays Center. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks forward Thomas Walkup reacts in the second half in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Barclays Center. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

No. 14 Stephen F. Austin upset No. 3 West Virginia on Friday.

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Seton Hall forward Rashed Anthony (25) dunks over St. John's center Yankuba Sima (35) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today Sports)
Seton Hall forward Rashed Anthony (25) dunks over St. John's center Yankuba Sima (35) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today Sports)

NEW YORK --- St. John's may have entered Sunday's contest with a terrible 1-13 mark in Big East play, but the tilt at Madison Square Garden might as well have been a playoff game for Seton Hall.

After squandering a massive first-half lead, the Pirates edged the Johnnies 62-61 on the strength of two clutch free throws from sophomore Isaiah Whitehead with five seconds left, sparing Seton Hall from a loss that could have hurt their NCAA Tournament chances.

"It's a huge win just because if we lost, it would have damaged our resume," Whitehead told reporters after the game. "I'm really proud of us being down with seconds left and actually coming back and winning the game."

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NEW YORK -- Not even Long Island Lutheran coach John Buck could believe what he just witnessed.

"Wow," Buck said after learning his Crusaders shot 72 percent in their 96-60 destruction of Cardozo on Saturday. "Wow. The shots were going down."

Paced by Indiana commit Devonte Green's 25-point effort, LuHi suffocated the Judges defensively and buried the Bayside program with precision passing and effortless transition buckets. Green (18) and unheralded senior wing Charles Manning (15) combined for 33 points and seven threes in the first half alone, with the Crusaders' 52-24 halftime lead appearing insurmountable.

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NEW YORK CITY - August 22, 2015: Under Armour Elite 24 game at Pier 2 in Brooklyn New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
NEW YORK CITY - August 22, 2015: Under Armour Elite 24 game at Pier 2 in Brooklyn New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

NEW YORK --- The St. John's fans in attendance at the Apparel Challenge at Christ the King had to be licking their chops watching Thomas Jefferson senior Shamorie Ponds torch the nets.

The Red Storm commit dropped 29 points, including four in the final 20 seconds on Saturday as the Orange Wave edged the Royals 68-65 in a game that saw four lead changes in the final three minutes.

After nailing two free throws to give Jefferson a 58-57 lead with two minutes left, Ponds tied the game at 65 with a layup in the final seconds and the turned a one-point lead into a three-point advantage with a two more free throws with two seconds remaining.

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John McEnroe sat courtside for the Villanova-St. John's game, as did Yankees GM Brian Cashman and several recruits, including Rawle Alkins and Jordan Tucker. (Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today Sports)
John McEnroe sat courtside for the Villanova-St. John's game, as did Yankees GM Brian Cashman and several recruits, including Rawle Alkins and Jordan Tucker. (Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today Sports)

NEW YORK --- Word of God (N.C.) senior guard Rawle Alkins and Archbishop Stepinac junior wing Jordan Tucker would potentially have been the two best scorers on the floor for St. John's on Sunday against Villanova.

With Alkins, Tucker and a handful of other notable prospects sitting courtside -- as well as tennis legend John McEnroe and Yankees GM Brian Cashman -- the Red Storm were thrashed by the No. 6 Wildcats, 68-53, at Madison Square Garden, extending the St. John's losing streak to 12 games.

"As a collective group, we know we played good but it's just being consistent," Red Storm redshirt junior Christian Jones said. "To bring that into the second half."

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NEW YORK -- If next Saturday's potential Christ the King-Cardozo SNY Invitational final is anything like Friday's game between the two Queens schools, fans are in for an all-time classic.

A buzzer beating alley-oop layup from Monmouth signee Ray Salnave to senior Aaron Walker gave the Judges a 67-65 victory over the Royals at Christ the King on Friday night, capping off a wild game that saw six lead changes in the final four minutes alone.

Christ the King (18-1), which lost its first game of the season on Tuesday to Queens HIgh School of Teaching, was ranked No. 19 in the nation this week by USA Today. They are also the reigning SNY Invitational champions.

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St. John's guard Federico Mussini (4) is fouled by Xavier guard Larry Austin Jr. (0) during the second half at Carnesecca Arena. Xavier won 74-66. (Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today Sports)
St. John's guard Federico Mussini (4) is fouled by Xavier guard Larry Austin Jr. (0) during the second half at Carnesecca Arena. Xavier won 74-66. (Anthony Gruppuso / USA Today Sports)

NEW YORK--- It's coming any day now.

That was the refrain St. John's coach Chris Mullin and his team was singing on Wednesday after the Red Storm's 74-66 loss to 10th-ranked Xavier at Carnesecca Arena.

The Johnnies (7-9, 0-3 Big East) have dropped six straight contests, including their first three Big East games, with their last victory coming on Dec. 13 against Syracuse at Madison Square Garden.

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Dec 31, 2015; Queens, NY, USA; Creighton Bluejays center Geoffrey Groselle (41) shoots the ball during the second half against the St. John's Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena. The Bluejays won 80-70. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 31, 2015; Queens, NY, USA; Creighton Bluejays center Geoffrey Groselle (41) shoots the ball during the second half against the St. John's Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena. The Bluejays won 80-70. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

NEW YORK -- Every time it appeared momentum was finally shifting in the Red Storm's favor, Creighton had an answer.

St. John's dropped its first Big East contest of the year on Thursday, falling 80-70 to the Bluejays (10-4, 1-0) at Carnesecca Arena in a game marred with missed opportunities and the Johnnies' inability to come up with key stops in the second half.

"I'm not exactly sure why," Red Storm guard Durand Johnson said when asked why his team couldn't keep pace with Creighton over the game's final 15 minutes. "The energy was there. The confidence was there. It was just one of those things where we just have to keep building."

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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- St. John's head coach Chris Mullin says he knows people in Indiana from his time with the Pacers, so he wouldn't mind flying to familiar territory to personally find out why the Indianapolis-based NCAA has yet to decide on the academic eligibility of Red Storm freshman point guard Marcus LoVett just six days before the regular season.

"It's absurd and I'm 100 percent frustrated," Mullin said after his Johnnies topped Sonoma State 64-46 in Saturday's exhibition tilt. "I'm thinking about flying to Indianapolis myself. I have some friends there with the Pacers, I may fly to Indianapolis myself to investigate."

With LoVett sidelined by both the NCAA investigation and a leg injury, fellow-point guard Federico Mussini struggled to pick up the slack for the second straight game. The Italian scored just five points, all on free throws, as he went 0-7 from the field, turned the ball over five times and was even whistled twice for traveling before reaching half court as he brought the ball up the floor.

Tags: Chris Barca, Chris Mullin, Marcus LoVett, St. John's University, Adam Zagoria
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