PISCATAWAY, N.J. --Though the game's final score of 62-45 wasn't indicative of how close the matchup between No. 1 St. Patrick and No. 2 St. Anthony was on Wednesday, the margin of victory may have been larger, if not for the Friars' poor free-throw shooting.
St. Anthony went just 7-for-21 from the foul line and didn't hit its first free throw until Myles Mack hit one at the 1:48 mark of the third quarter.
Kentucky coach John Calipari was in attendance to watch Michael Gilchrist, the crown jewel of his 2012 recruiting class, play what became his final high school game. Calipari sat in the front row of the media section and talked with fellow coaches and signed autographs for fans before the game. Calipari left the building with five minutes left when it became apparent St. Patrick would lose.
Rutgers coach Mike Rice was also in attendance after his team's controversial finish against St. John’s and watched Mack, a Scarlet Knights signee, score a team-high 19 points and dish out four assists.
The attendance for St. Anthony (Elizabeth, N.J.) v. St. Patrick (Jersey City) at the Rutgers Athletic Center was a 8,057. The last home game the Rutgers men’s team played had an attendance of 7,752.
Wednesday's contest sold out at 2 p.m. and more than a thousand fans were denied tickets. There were even scalpers outside selling tickets for the game. No word on prices.