Moe Harkless of the St. John's Red Storm makes a dunk against Arizona Wildcats during the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

St. John's, Seton Hall Both Pick Up Victories

The St. John's Red Storm host the Texas-Pan American Broncos at Carnesecca Arena Wednesday night and the Seton Hall Pirates travel to face the Dayton Flyers

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St. John's-Texas Pan-American Final Score: Red Storm Escapes With 66-61 Win

St. John's needed a 7-0 run in the final minutes of play to escape a loss from the visiting Texas-Pan American Broncos Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm squeezed out a 66-61 win that moved them to 6-5 on the season and stuck in a three-way tie for last place in the Big East. 

St. John's was down by a score of 32-24 at the half. They trailed throughout the game until Sir'Dominic made a layup and a free throw at the 6:40 mark in the second half that tied the game. They finally took the lead on a 3-pointer by D'Angelo Harrison with 38 seconds left to play. 

God'sgift Achiuwa led the way for St. John's with 22 points. The junior also added nine rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in the win. D'Angelo Harrison added 21 points, seven rebounds and one assist in the effort. 

St. John's hosts the Providence Friars on Tuesday, Dec. 27, before hitting the road for a New Year's Eve matchup against UConn. 

-- Follow St. John's at Rumble in the Garden, SB Nation's Red Storm blog. 

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Seton Hall-Dayton Final Score: Pirates Edge Flyers 69-64

The red hot Seton Hall pirates sailed their ship into Dayton for a date with the Flyers on Wednesday night. Senior Herb Pope led the Pirates to their 11th victory of the season, beating Dayton by a final score of 69-64. 

Pope was one of four Seton Hall players to score in double figures. Pope had 14 points, the same as teammate Jordan Theodore. Patrick Auda led the Pirates with 18 points. Pope had nine rebounds in the game, the most of any of his teammates. This was only the third out of 12 games where Pope did not have double digits in the rebound department. 

The Pirates (10-1) play a road game on Friday against the Longwood Lancers. They face a much tougher test on Wednesday, Dec. 28, visiting the No. 1 ranked Syracuse Orange

-- For more on Seton Hall, check out South Orange Juice, SB Nation's Seton Hall blog. 

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St. John's Amir Garrett Cleared To Play, Might Be In Uniform Wednesday

With all the bad luck surrounding the St. John's University men's basketball program recently Red Storm fans got a break Tuesday, as blue-chip forward, freshman Amir Garrett, was cleared to play by the NCAA and could be in uniform Wednesday night against Texas-Pan American (7 p.m. on ESPN3).

"The Red Storm have been waiting for the news for some time," wrote Pico Dulce of SB Nation's St. John's blog Rumble In The Garden Wednesday.

Garrett had been one of three Steve Lavin's blue-chip recruits for the Class of 2011-12, which entered the season ranked third overall, that was on the fence about coming to St. John's (5-5) after just before the season the NCAA ruled that the trio were academically ineligible.

During his time off, Garrett enrolled at prep school, and wavered over his options to either play baseball -- the Cinncinnati Reds drafted him in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft and offered him a $1-million signing bonus -- or look at other schools.

In the end, with the help from his father, Darrow, Garrett choice to attend St. John's.

"I'm happy he's now at St. John's and can play basketball," Garrett's father told CBSSports.com's Jeff Goldman Tuesday.

Garrett's arrival comes just in time, as last Saturday the Red Storm had just six players in uniform during their 56-50 victory over Fordham University. St. John's roster was cut short after freshman guard Nurideen Lindsey decided to transfer just a few weeks ago.

For more St. John's basketball coverage, visit our team page or our blog, Rumble in the Garden.

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Seton Hall At Dayton Preview: Pirates Go For Seventh Straight Win

The Seton Hall Pirates are already 9-1 on the season, but will be trying for something different on Wednesday night. They will travel to Ohio to take on the Dayton Flyers in their first road game of the year. The Flyers hold an overall record of 8-3 and are 5-1 at home.

The PIrates have won six straight games, with their most recent victory coming Sunday, an 80-77 overtime victory over the Mercer Bears. They'll be hoping to make it lucky number seven against Dayton. The Pirates have a tough task ahead of them on December 28 as they will be visiting the No. 1-ranked Syracuse Orange.

They'll have to get past Dayton first, which will be no easy feat in itself. The Flyers have won three in a row, including a decisive win over the No. 15 Alabama Crimson Tide.

Wednesday's game will get underway at 7 Pp.m. ET at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, OH. You can listen to the game on 77WABC AM with announcers Gary Cohen and Dave Popkin, or on WSOU 89.5 FM with Jason Guerette and Chris Shedlock. You can also check out www.SHUPirates.com for information about live streaming video of the game.

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