Raleigh Word of God lost to Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick 77-69 in the second round of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday.
Word of God’s John Wall, the top-ranked point guard in the country, had 21 points, but had seven turnovers and was not creditted with any assists. N.C. State junior recruit C.J. Leslie led the Rams with 20 points and eight rebounds.
St. Patrick’s Dexter Strickland, a University of North Carolina recruit, did not play in the game. Strickland served a suspension for disciplinary reasons not related to basketball, coach Kevin Boyle told the Fort Myers newspaper.
Sophomores Michael Gilchrist and Derrick Jordan scored 30 points and 27 points in the win.
Word of God had opened the tournament by defeating Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage 63-61 in the opening round. Wall scored 15 points and had nine assists and eight turnovers. Leslie had 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Plantation star Kenny Boynton, a Florida recruit, 19 points.