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Burke switch from ECU helps Crean seal Top 10 class


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Marquette has made official what had already been reported by online recruiting publications about Dwight Burke, East Carolina's lone Fall basketball signee.

Golden Eagles coach Tom Crean announced on Friday that Burke, from Newark, NJ, and Jamil Lott, a product of St. Paul, MN, have been added to the program’s incoming recruiting class. The pair of frontcourt players will enroll at Marquette in the Fall of 2005.

The signings of Burke and Lott elevated the Golden Eagles recruiting class to the sixth-best in Division I, according to’s Clark Francis.

Burke (6-8, 230), a forward from St. Benedict’s Prep, is considered one of the nation’s best fifth-year players and helped lead St. Benedict’s to a 26-1 record and its third New Jersey state prep school championship in four years.

“We are very fortunate to sign Dwight,” stated Crean in a news release. “Once you spend some time around him, his coaches and family, you realize how serious he is about becoming a very good player.”

Burke shot a team-best 61.0% from the field and averaged 9.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks.

Originally signed by the Pirates in November, Burke was released by the school to sign elsewhere. Former ECU coach Bill Herrion was forced out in March and succeeded by Ricky Stokes.

Crean was more than happy to welcome Burke to Marquette.

“We are excited about his upside, athleticism and ability to compete," stated Crean. "He played for an outstanding coach in Dan Hurley who pushed him to be better every day.”

Lott (6-7, 225), a forward from North Dakota State School of Science, averaged 16.6 point and 8.0 rebounds in leading his team to 28 victories and, for the first time in 93 years, the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I tournament.

The decisions of Burke and Lott to attend Marquette followed up a productive fall signing period for Crean.

In November, the Golden Eagles inked 6-5 wing Wesley Matthews, the Associated Press/Gatorade and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Player of the Year; 5-10 point guard Dominic James, the leading scorer in the state of Indiana; 6-3 wing Jerel McNeal, a first-team state of Illinois selection; and 6-5 forward Matt Mortenson, Utah Class 4A’s fifth-best scorer at 18.8 points per game.

Compiled from staff and Marquette Athletics reports.

22-inning marathon sets new NAIA mark

GEORGETOWN, KY — Lambuth (TN) beat Pikeville (KY) 8-5 in 22 innings Friday, making it the longest baseball game by innings in NAIA history.

The game in the first round of the Mid-South Conference tournament lasted 4 hours, 34 minutes. Lambuth scored three runs in the 22nd after both teams scored once apiece in the 10th, 12th and 19th.

According to the NAIA's Web site, the previous record for longest game was a 21-inning contest in 1985 between Southern Arkansas and Louisiana Tech.

Lambuth starter Dustin McKeel pitched eight innings and was relieved by Brandon Jackson, who pitched the final 14 for Lambuth (32-24).

Chad Roberts pitched 15 innings for Pikeville (21-30) before being relieved by Andrew McCormick, who pitched the final seven innings.

A computer problem at Georgetown College, the site of the tournament, led to the release of an erroneous box score which had Lambuth's McKeel pitching all 22 innings, which would've been an NAIA record for innings pitched in a game, Georgetown spokesman Amy Reid said.

Reid did not have accurate statistics for either Lambuth pitcher.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from Associated Press and other sources. Copyright 2005 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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