NEW YORK — D'Angelo Harrison, the third-leading scorer in the Big East Conference, was suspended Friday by St. John's for the rest of the season.
Red Storm Coach Steve Lavin made the announcement without giving a reason for the suspension, which includes post-season games.
Harrison, a sophomore guard from Missouri City, Texas, averaged 17.8 points. He reached the 20-point mark in 13 of 27 games this season with a high of 36 against Villanova. He recently became the 48th player in St. John's history to reach 1,000 points.
"I had a productive meeting with D'Angelo yesterday," Lavin said Friday. "He has a bright future in basketball and I'm optimistic his time away from our team will be of value."
The Red Storm (16-11, 8-7) are ninth in the 15-team Big East. The top eight teams receive a bye into the second round of the conference tournament. They play Saturday at Providence.
Hamilton's mother dies
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton is planning to attend his mother's funeral in North Carolina on Saturday, a day before his Seminoles take on the Tar Heels.
Bennie Ruth Hamilton died last week at the age of 96.
Coach Hamilton, a former Kentucky assistant under Joe B. Hall, said the loss of his mother was one of the most difficult things he's faced in his lifetime, but that he was uplifted by her long life and cherishes many good memories of his mother.
Georgetown's Thompson: Break up Big East sooner
WASHINGTON — While Georgetown's visits to Syracuse will be missed, no one is pining for another Hoyas trip to, say, South Florida.
For that reason and many more, the breakup of the Big East might as well be over and done with as soon as possible. Georgetown Coach John Thompson III wouldn't mind that at all.
"I've said from the beginning: the sooner the better," Thompson said Friday. "That's best for every and all parties in our situation. In other conferences, if you know there's going to be a change, the sooner the better."
Seven non-football Big East schools are breaking away to form their own conference. Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall and Providence want to be in a league that once again showcases basketball, evoking the original intent when the Big East was founded more than three decades ago.
Big East bylaws require that departing members give 27 months' notice, but talks are under way to accelerate the process. The new league could debut as early as next season.
But there are logistics to work out in a hurry if that is to happen, many of them having to do with money. The splinter schools want to retain the Big East name and play the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden. Also, seven schools aren't enough to sustain a major conference, so Butler and Xavier are among the prime candidates to join in.
"I'd love to call it the Georgetown League myself," Thompson said with a chuckle.
The presidents of the Big East schools met Friday in Atlanta but did not announce a resolution.
Saint Mary's slapped with 4-year probation
MORAGA, Calif. — The NCAA has placed Saint Mary's on four years' probation for "failure to monitor its men's basketball program," reducing scholarships after it says the perennial mid-major power committed several recruiting violations.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions also said Friday that Gaels Coach Randy Bennett "acted unethically in his recruitment of international prospects" and "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance." Bennett will not be allowed to recruit off campus and will serve a five-game suspension next season.
Saint Mary's will still be allowed to participate in its conference tournament and the NCAA Tournament, but can't play in pre-season or in-season tournaments. The program also will have a reduction in scholarships from 13 to 11 for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
Former San Diego stargets six months in prison
SAN DIEGO — Former University of San Diego basketball star Brandon Johnson was sentenced to six months in prison Friday for his role in a game-fixing scheme.
San Diego's all-time scoring and assists leader admitted unsuccessfully soliciting an unidentified player during the 2010-11 season, when he was no longer at the school. He insisted he never manipulated a game in which he played, though prosecutors alleged he sought to influence the outcome of games during his senior year.