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Lunch Break: Recap of all the 24-hour college basketball marathon action so far

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How much of the 24-hour hoops marathon have you been able to watch? If you tried to stay up for the early-morning games and fell asleep on the couch, or had to head to work this morning and missed some of the action, fear not. NBCSports.com is here. Spend your lunch break with us and check out short recaps below, with a link to our full game story.

Stay tuned throughout the day for a whole slate of live coverage from NBC. We’ll have reporters in attendance for UMass-Harvard, St. John’s-Detroit, VCU-Wichita State, Kansas-Michigan State, and Kentucky-Duke.

In Case You Missed It:

Gonzaga 84, West Virginia 50

Gonzaga shot 9-of-16 from three-point range and 52 percent overall in a blowout win. The Bulldogs’ backcourt combination of Gary Bell, Jr., Kevin Pangos, and Guy Landry Edi combined for 42 points. West Virginia shot an abysmal 15-of-55 from the floor. (Full Game Story)

New Mexico 86, Davidson 81

The Lobos stormed back from a 14-point halftime deficit to escape with a win at home in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday. Tony Snell had 25 points and Kendall Williams had 17 points, including 13-of-14 from the free throw line. De’Mon Brooks led Davidson with 22 points. (Full Game Story)

Hawaii 70, Houston Baptist 63

While you were likely sleeping, Hawaii senior Vander Joaquim scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Warriors improved to 3-0 on the year. Art Bernardi scored 22 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the floor. Hawaii’s 38-27 advantage on the glass helped them to victory. (Full Game Story)

Stony Brook 54, Rider 46

A monster second half from Rider’s Nurideen Lindsey wasn’t enough, as Stony Brook took over in the final four minutes to seal a victory. Freshman Jameel Warney almost had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Lindsey finished with 17 points. (Full Game Story)

Valparaiso 69, Northern Illinois 46

Reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as the Crusaders shot 13-of-24 from three-point range. Matt Kenney supplemented the Valpo attack with 16 points. Northern Illinois was held to just 29 percent shooting. (Full Game Story)

Massachusetts 67, Harvard 64

UMass scored the last eight points of the game to spoil Harvard’s hopes of a win on the road. Costly Harvard turnovers down the stretch gave UMass a chance to win it with under 10 seconds remaining. Chaz Williams drove to the right side of the rim and kicked it out to Sampson Carter in the corner. Carter nailed the three with 1.2 seconds remaining. Harvard heave was short, and the Minutemen escape. (Full Game Story)

Temple 80, Kent State 66

Scootie Randall scored 30 points for the Owls in his return to the lineup after missing the entire 2011-12 season due to injury. The two teams combined to turn the ball over 40 times, but the Owls shot 53 percent from the floor to leave Ohio with the double-digit victory. (Full Game Story)

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Seton Hall’s Derrick Gordon won’t pursue pro basketball to become a firefighter

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 12:  Derrick Gordon #32 of the Seton Hall Pirates celebrates after hitting a basket against the Villanova Wildcats during the Big East Basketball Tournament Championship at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2016 in New York City. Seton Hall Pirates defeated Villanova Wildcats 69-67.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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After a successful career that included stops at Western Kentucky, UMass and Seton Hall, Derrick Gordon, Division I college basketball’s first openly gay player, will not pursue professional opportunities and will instead become a firefighter.

The 6-foot-3 Gordon averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a senior for the Pirates, helping the team reach the NCAA tournament during his graduate transfer year. By making the NCAA tournament with Seton Hall this past season, Gordon became the first college basketball player to reach the event with three different teams.

A tenacious perimeter defender who could have earned a pro contract if he stuck with basketball, Gordon will instead pursue a career as a firefighter in San Francisco.

“I’ve had an amazing basketball career and want to thank everybody who has always been there supporting me every step on the way,” Gordon said via his Instagram. “But I’m making a change in my career…I will now be working towards becoming a San Francisco Firefighter!! I’m excited about this and looking forward to having a long career!!”

While Gordon likely would have never made the NBA on talent alone, his defensive prowess would have likely given him a shot overseas or in the D League. It’s hard to say why Gordon is making this decision, but given what we saw with all of the attention surrounding Michael Sam when he tried to play in the NFL, Gordon was probably going to face a lot of scrutiny wherever he decided to play.

Hopefully Gordon finds his calling as a firefighter and brings the same energy and leadership that he brought on the floor to helping other people outside of basketball.

Washington guard Markelle Fultz pulls off sick spin and dunk at FIBA U18 Americas

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Washington incoming freshman guard Markelle Fultz is going to be one of the premier players in the country next season as his unique game is going to be fascinating to watch.

The 6-foot-5 Fultz is currently playing with the USA U18 team in Chile for the FIBA U18 Americas as he’s second on the team in scoring and first in assists as the Americans play Canada for the title on Saturday.

Against the host country, Fultz had an electric spin move in the paint and finished with an easy dunk. If you’re not willing to stay up late to watch this dude play this year, then set your DVRs, because Fultz is going to have some fun moments during the season.

(H/t: Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report)

POSTERIZED: Class of 2016 forward Chris Seeley has a massive dunk on defender

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The Las Vegas AAU events are all going on this week and it’s the final event for rising seniors.

At the Las Vegas Fab 48, forward Chris Seeley of the Splash City 17U team put down one of the best poster dunks of the summer as he skied over a defender for an emphatic finish.

The Class of 2016 forward attends Central High School in Fresno, California as he’s receiving plenty of buzz for his recent play.

 

 

 

Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt cuts list to nine

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LAS VEGAS, NV — Five-star Class of 2017 forward Jarred Vanderbilt has been one of the most sought-after recruits in the country since he was a freshman in high school.

The 6-foot-8 native of Houston is beginning to wind things down in the recruiting process as he cut his list to nine schools on Friday. Vanderbilt’s list includes some of the most storied programs in college basketball and plenty of schools from his home state of Texas.

“I just followed my heart. Went with the schools I liked the most and who I have the best relationships with. Thear were the schools I could see myself playing for,” Vanderbilt told NBCSports.com.

Regarded as the No. 13 overall prospect in the Rivals.com national rankings, Vanderbilt is currently recovering from a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Vanderbilt will see a doctor in three-to-four weeks as he’s currently in a boot to help his foot heal.

Report: Michigan State and Penn State will play at the Palestra

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Head coach Patrick Chambers of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has previously expressed a desire to coach a game at the legendary Palestra in Philadelphia and it appears he’ll get his chance in a Big Ten game this season.

According to a report from Brendan F. Quinn of MLive, Penn State will use the Palestra as its home gym for the Jan. 7, 2017 Big Ten game against Michigan State. It is the only time the two teams are scheduled to play during Big Ten season and Penn’s home gym will offer a unique setting for the game.

Since the capacity of the Palestra is 8,722, it should make for a fun atmosphere for both programs since this will be a game both fan bases will likely want to attend.

With Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers making Philadelphia a major recruiting priority for his program, a game like this in Philadelphia makes sense while Michigan State has always been open to playing games in unique settings such as aircraft carriers.

The Palestra has been a college basketball mainstay since it was built in 1927 as it hosts all Penn home games and, in the past, hosted a lot of Big 5 Philadelphia college games between La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova.

Overall, a fun idea that should make for an interesting experience for both programs. It’s not often that a team will change its home venue for a conference game, but it could be the start of something we see other schools look to do.