St. Raymond's wins 64-63 00:02:00
St. Raymond's defeats St. Anthony's, 64-63, in the opening game of the SNY Invitational.

NEW YORK -- In the battle of New York City vs. Jersey City, the Big Apple came out on top.

In the first game of the SNY Invitational at City College of New York on Friday night, St. Raymond took out St. Anthony's, 64-63, in dramatic fashion to advance to Saturday's championship game (SNY). The Ravens (11-7) will face the Christ the King-Mount Vernon winner in the final. The Friars (11-3) will meet the loser in the consolation game at 2 p.m.

Minnesota-bound point guard Isaiah Washington, who recently inspired Carmelo Anthony to come watch him play, scored seven of his game-high 23 points in the final period, when the Ravens outscored the Friars 17-11. Junior forward Darius Lee went for 18 points and nine rebounds, coming up huge down the stretch with six points in the final stanza.

"It was a great win for our guys today, a great win for the program," said Ravens coach Jorge Lopez, whose team rebounded from an 86-75 beatdown against Catholic League rival Archbishop Molloy on Wednesday. "Now let's finish it off with a championship."

St. Raymond is seeking its first SNY Invitational championship, while Bob Hurley and the Friars were looking for their third title after winning in 2011 and 2013. No school has won the event three times. Cardozo is not playing in this year's event after winning the last two years.

St. Anthony's appeared like they might contend for their third title when they led 58-52 in the final minutes, but the Ravens closed the game on a 12-5 run.

The 6-foot-3 Lee was relentless down low, scoring six straight points, including a putback that put St. Raymond up 60-58.

"Isaiah and Omar wasn't playing that good, so I felt like I had to step up," Lee said.

Said Washington: "He finally stepped up. I know he was capable of doing it and he finally showed up today."

After Howard-bound guard R.J. Cole (team-high 17 points) hit a floater to tie the game at 60 with 1:08 remaining, Ravens junior guard Omar Silverio hit the biggest shot of the game, a short jumper from the right side to put St. Raymond up 62-60.

After St. Anthony's turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation, Washington hit two free throws to extend the lead to 64-60.

Brandon Redondo hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Friars for the final points of the game.

The Ravens seized a 30-24 halftime lead behind eight points from Lee and six from Washington. St. Ray's shot 4-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first half.

But St. Anthony's heated up in the third quarter, outscoring the Ravens 28-17 to seize a 52-47 edge. Sophomore Alexander Rice, the son of Monmouth coach King Rice, and Cole got hot, combining for 18 points and shot 4-for-6 from deep in the period.

In the end, St. Raymond's was tougher down the stretch.

"That was a big win for me and my team," Washington said. "St. Anthony's, I think they was No. 2 in the Tri-State area right now, so us beating them we'll move up in the rankings. We are going to have a lot more confidence in ourselves, we can play anybody who steps on the floor with us."

St. Anthony's, the reigning New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner, has now lost three of their last five games since seeing their 41-game winning streak come to an end against New Jersey rival The Patrick School earlier this month at the Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City. Two days later, they lost their second straight game to Alabama-bound shooting guard John Petty and Jemison (AL) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

They have won 28 state titles and 13 Tournament of Champions crowns under the Naismith Hall of Famer Hurley, but will have their work cut out for them with teams like Hudson Catholic and The Patrick School in the Non-Public B bracket in New Jersey.

On this night, the New York City team was too much for the Jersey City team.

"It's amazing," Lopez said. "I think up to this point, that's probably as a coach my best win, to go up against a Hall of Fame coach, I'll take that any night."

Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter

And like ZAGS on Facebook


Daily News Live: Francesa back 00:03:30
The Daily News Live panel breaks down the reports that sports radio personality Mike Francesa is coming out of retirement to return to WFAN.

The Daily News Live panel breaks down the reports that sports radio personality Mike Francesa is coming out of retirement to return to WFAN.


Athletic Appetites: Bobby V 00:05:25
SNY's Michelle Yu visits former Mets manager Bobby Valentine's restaurant for some good food and to reminisce on his baseball past.

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:01:08
Vin Parise catches up with Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard and junior Angel Delgado after their 83-79 loss to Kansas.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Malik Newman scored 28 points, Udoka Azubuike stood toe-to-toe with Seton Hall's bruising Angel Delgado, and No. 1 seed Kansas held off the plucky Pirates 83-79 on Saturday night to send the Jayhawks to their third consecutive Sweet 16.

Read More

Seton Hall center Angel Delgado shoots against Villanova during the second half of a college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Newark, N.J. Villanova won 69-68 in overtime. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
Seton Hall center Angel Delgado shoots against Villanova during the second half of a college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Newark, N.J. Villanova won 69-68 in overtime. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

WICHITA, Kan. -- For top-seeded Kansas, production at the point made up for the loss of a post in the paint in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

That tradeoff might be difficult to pull off Saturday, however, when the Jayhawks (28-7) face brawny Seton Hall (22-11) at Intrust Bank Arena.

Senior point guard Devonte' Graham was sensational in a first-round win over Penn, posting 29 points, six rebounds and six assists to wake up the slow-starting Jayhawks. The performance prompted Bill Self to stack up his point guard with past Kansas greats.

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:01:48
Kevin Willard and Desi Rodriguez discuss Seton Hall's big victory over N.C. State and how the team is preparing for Kansas.

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall win 00:01:22
Seton Hall defeated NC State, 94-83, on Thursday to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament and face Kansas next.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Kevin Willard was watching TV on the eve of Seton Hall's NCAA Tournament opener against North Carolina State when the self-described "Mr. Negativity" turned to his wife and asked what he would tell his core group of seniors if they lost.

Together they had resurrected a program fallen on hard times, yet success in March had been hard to achieve. Two straight years, the Pirates had been knocked out in the opening round.

"I said, `What am I going to say if they ask about their legacy?'" the Pirates coach recalled.

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Iona's loss 00:00:45
Iona men's basketball coach Tim Cluess breaks down his team's 89-67 loss to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday.

PITTSBURGH (AP) Marvin Bagley III dominated in his NCAA Tournament debut, pouring in 22 points to go with seven rebounds as Duke rolled by Iona 89-67 on Thursday.

The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year made 10 of 14 shots in 32 minutes, grabbed seven rebounds and knocked down his lone 3-point attempt as the second-seeded Blue Devils overwhelmed the 15th-seeded Gaels.

Grayson Allen scored 16 points and added a game-high nine assists for Duke (27-7), Trevon Duval finished with 19 points and eight assists and Gary Trent Jr. had 16 points and six rebounds as the deeper, more talented Blue Devils withstood an early push from Iona (20-14) to win going away.

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:01:12
Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard previews his team's matchup with NC State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard previews his team's matchup with NC State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.


 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Travis Fields Jr. and Ed Polite Jr. each scored 13 points to lift Radford to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, 71-61 over LIU Brooklyn in the First Four on Tuesday night.

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Parise on NCAA 00:04:36
NCAA Men's Basketball expert Vin Parise joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss who made the NCAA Tournament and the favorite to win it all.

Seton Hall, Iona and LIU-Brooklyn all qualified for the NCAA tournament and will play first-round games later this week.

Seton Hall is an 8-seed and will face No. 9 NC State in the Midwest Region on Thursday. The winner of that matchup will face the winner of No. 1 Kansas and No. 16 Penn in the second round on Saturday.

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: LIU Brooklyn 00:01:00
LIU Brooklyn head coach Derek Kellogg discusses returning to the NCAA tournament to face-off against Radford for a chance to play Villanova.

GEICO SportsNite: Iona vs Duke 00:01:02
Iona head coach Tim Cluess discusses his team's mindset going into the NCAA tournament for the third straight year.

GEICO SportsNite: Red Storm lose 00:01:01
St. John's men's basketball head coach Chris Mullin discusses the team's lack of energy in an 88-60 loss to Xavier.

NEW YORK (AP) Sean O'Mara put an exclamation point on Xavier's runaway victory with a two-handed jam in the final seconds and Paul Scruggs cupped a hand to his right ear as the school band played the team off a winner.

The Musketeers never let up in the final minutes, crushing 3s and dunking with such ease that it ticked off a sore St. John's. The Red Storm's Ahmed Bashir popped off at Tyrique Jones in the handshake line and it quickly disintegrated into shoving and shouting. The scuffle was busted up by players and assistants from both teams as the crowd stood for a better view of the unexpected fracas.

St. John's coach Chris Mullin, a native New Yorker, simply said, "I didn't see anything."

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: St. John's 00:01:21
St. Johns's head coach Chris Mullin discusses how a strong second half aided his team's 88-77 victory over Georgetown on Wednesday night.

NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds returned from an abdominal strain and scored 26 points and ninth-seeded St. John's took over in the second half to beat ninth-seeded Georgetown 88-77 in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.

Marvin Clark II scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and the Red Storm (16-16) beat the Hoyas (15-15) in the first round for the second straight year. It also was St. John's first win over Georgetown in three games this season and its sixth win in nine games overall.

Justin Simon added 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals as the Red Storm advanced to a quarterfinal game against top-seeded Xavier on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Women's hockey 00:01:01
The Olympic gold medal-winning USA women's hockey team visited the Empire State Building on its country-wide victory tour.

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall win 00:00:58
Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard breaks down his team's 77-70 win over Butler on Saturday.

Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard breaks down his team's 77-70 win over Butler on Saturday.


GEICO SportsNite: Pirates' loss 00:00:24
Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard discusses the one-point loss to Villanova and the high-level energy throughout the game.

GEICO SportsNite: Red Storm win 00:01:33
Shamorie Ponds dropped 44 points, most by a St. John's player since the 2003 season, as the Red Storm kept it rolling against Marquette.

GEICO SportsNite: St. John's 00:00:44
After beating two of the top five teams in the nation, St. John's will try to keep rolling against Marquette.

After beating two of the top five teams in the nation, St. John's will try to keep rolling against Marquette. 


GEICO SportsNite: Chris Mullin 00:02:38
St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin joins GEICO SportsNite by phone to discuss the team's incredible upset of top-ranked Villanova.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) St. John's took down another of the nation's elite, and stunned No. 1 Villanova 79-75 on Wednesday night for its second win over a top-five team this week - and first over the top-ranked team in 33 years.

Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points to spark the Red Storm (12-13, 1-11 Big East) to its first conference win of the season and easily their best week since Chris Mullin was in uniform, not the coach.

Mullin played for St. John's when it beat No. 1 Georgetown 66-65 on Jan. 26, 1985. And he was on the sideline exhorting his players in the final minutes of this shocker. >> Read more

Read More

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:26
Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard cites Villanova's hot three-point shooting as a key reason for the Pirates' loss.

GEICO SportsNite: St. John's 00:01:04
St. Johns faced No. 4 Duke on Saturday and found a way to come away with the victory, 81-77, to snap an 11-game losing streak.

NEW YORK (AP) That's two losses in three games for No. 4 Duke - and this one to a team that hadn't won since Christmas.

Read More

Athletic Appetites: Howard Cross 00:05:58
Michelle Yu sits down with legendary former Giants tight end Howard Cross for a hearty meal and a spirited football conversation.

Lutheran wins SNY invitational 00:02:00
LI Lutheran tops Cardinal Hayes in the SNY Invitational championship game, 76-57.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Standing at 6'9", Donatas Kupsas probably sticks out everywhere he goes. 

But the Island Long Lutheran center's performance stood out this afternoon as he helped to propel his team in the SNY Invitational championship as they defeated Cardinal Hayes Cardinals, 76-57.

Read More

Cathlolic tops Malloy, 83-64 00:01:53
Hudson Cathlolic defeats Archbishop Molloy, 83-64, in the SNY Invitational consolation game Saturday at City College.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - It was all Hudson Catholic all game and it started early. 

After falling to Cardinal Hayes last night, the Hawks cruised to an 83-64 routing over the Archbishop Molloy Stanners in the star-studded consolation game of the SNY Invitational. 

Read More

Cardinal Hayes advances to final 00:01:58
In the first round of the SNY Invitational, Cardinal Hayes defeats Hudson Catholic, 57-55, to advance to the finals on Saturday.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - For "AA" city champs, the Cardinal Hayes Cardinals feel they are always underdogs. 

Read More

Long Island Lutheran advances 00:01:52
In the first round of the SNY Invitational, Long Island Lutheran defeated Archbishop Molloy, 77-67, to advance to the finals Saturday.

NEW YORK, N.Y. - With their two high-profile players in Cole Anthony and Moses Brown, the Archbishop Molloy Stanners possessed the better players. But after being led by five players in double figures, the Long Island Lutheran Crusaders stunned Molloy 77-67, showing them that they were the better team in the opening match of the SNY Invitational Friday evening.  

Read More

Credt: Hoophall Classic
Credt: Hoophall Classic

When Archbishop Molloy coach Mike McCleary first heard about the field for the 2018 SNY Invitational, he knew his team was going to face a tough road.

"It's an incredibly difficult tournament," McCleary told SNY.tv. "When we first met, they hadn't done the matchups and they said to me, 'Who would you prefer playing?' I said, 'That's like asking, 'Do you want to die by lethal injection or firing squad?'

"There are very, very talented teams in this tournament. You'd be lucky to come out with a win, and certainly lucky to win the championship."

Read More

DNL: SNY Invitational 00:04:06
Long Island Lutheran head coach John Buck discusses his team's success so far and shares his excitement to compete in the SNY Invitational.

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:40
Seton Hall Pirates forward Ismael Sanogo points out that the team's greatest weakness this season has been its lackluster rebounding.

GEICO SportsNite: Franco on NYC 00:06:51
Michelle Yu joins former Mets great John Franco at Trattoria Il Mulino to cook and talk about the Mets and New York City.

Michelle Yu joins former Mets great John Franco at Trattoria Il Mulino to cook and talk about the Mets and New York City. 


Willard on Carlesimo's message 00:00:42
On GEICO SportsNite, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard shares PJ Carlesimo's message to his team before they defeated Georgetown, 74-61.

Mullin proud to push Villanova 00:00:20
On GEICO SportsNite, St. John's coach Chris Mullin says he takes pride in team's effort after they nearly knocking off top-ranked Villanova.

GEICO SportsNite: Ewing at MSG 00:01:13
Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin discuss what it was like to face off as coaches after Georgetown defeated St. John's at the Garden.

Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin discuss what it was like to face off as coaches after Georgetown defeated St. John's at the Garden.


GEICO SportsNite: St. John's 00:01:01
Patrick Ewing will make his return to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday as the Georgetown Hoyas face off against the St. John's Red Storm.

GEICO SportsNite: St. John's 00:00:24
Coach Chris Mullin and his players discuss what went wrong in a 91-74 loss to DePaul on their home floor.

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:33
Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard discusses his team's rally in a 90-84 victory over a talented Creighton Bluejays team.

Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard discusses his team's rally in a 90-84 victory over a talented Creighton Bluejays team. 


GEICO SportsNite: Scott on WFAN 00:06:45
On this episode of Athletics Appetites, Bart Scott joins Michelle Yu to discuss his new show on WFAN, which debuts on January 2.

On this episode of Athletics Appetites, Bart Scott joins Michelle Yu to discuss his new show on WFAN, which debuts on January 2.


GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall 00:00:31
Kevin Willard discusses the chippy contest between Manhattan and Seton Hall, in which the Pirates earned a gritty 74-62 win.

Mike Francesa's legacy 00:05:09
On GEICO SportsNite, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata give their thoughts on Mike Francesa's final farewell from afternoon drive radio on WFAN.

GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall win 00:00:32
Kevin Willard breaks down Myles Powell's pivotal play in the second half, as the Pirates defeat No. 22-ranked Texas Tech, 89-79.

Kevin Willard breaks down Myles Powell's pivotal play in the second half, as the Pirates defeat No. 22-ranked Texas Tech, 89-79.


Loud Mouths: We have an expert 00:06:43
One of the original Loud Mouths, Chris Carlin, joins the guys to discuss the controversy at Tennessee no longer pursuing Greg Schiano.

GEICO SportsNite: SHU loses 00:00:34
Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard discusses his team's tough Thanksgiving loss to URI, 75-74.

GEICO SportsNite: Globetrotters 00:04:08
Cheese Chisholm joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss what it's like to play for the the Harlem Globetrotters and how he earned his nickname.

Cheese Chisholm joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss what it's like to play for the the Harlem Globetrotters and how he earned his nickname.


Mullin on Red Storm's win 00:00:18
St. John's men's basketball coach Chris Mullin breaks down his team's 79-56 win over Nebraska on Thursday night.

St. John's men's basketball coach Chris Mullin breaks down his team's 79-56 win over Nebraska on Thursday night.


GEICO SportsNite: Seton Hall win 00:00:29
The No. 22 ranked Seton Hall men's basketball team defeated Indiana on Wednesday night, 84-68, to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The No. 22 ranked Seton Hall men's basketball team defeated Indiana on Wednesday night, 84-68, to improve to 3-0 on the season.


GEICO SportsNite: St. John's win 00:00:36
St. John's Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin talks about the suffocating defense that powered his team to a win over Central Connecticut.

GEICO SportsNite: Willard on win 00:00:31
Seton Hall basketball head coach Kevin Willard on his team's use of ball movement to spread the wealth in its win on Sunday over Monmouth.

GEICO SportsNite: Wets for Vets 00:03:13
Wets for Vets is a program at John Jay College in which veterans can come together to exercise and share camaraderie.