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Lawrence, Jackson dismissed from team

Seton Hall men's basketball team shaken up just hours before rematch with Rutgers

By Brian Wisowaty
On February 12, 2011

  • Keon Lawrence, although suspended, was present at the Pirates' home opener November 13, 2009 against St. Peter's. Milan Stanic, The Setonian
  • Jamel Jackson shoots another three, one of his record breaking twelve against VMI. Milan Stanic, The Setonian
  • Senior guard Keon Lawrence shoots on Longwood University. Milan Stanic, The Setonian
  • Senior guard Jackson against Longwood. Milan Stanic, The Setonian

Senior guards Keon Lawrence and Jamel Jackson have been dismissed from the men's basketball team, effective immediately.

The decision was announced by head coach Kevin Willard on Saturday afternoon, hours before the Pirates will meet Rutgers for the second time this year.

According to the announcement, the dismissal of the two players comes after "a violation of team rules and an ongoing pattern of conduct unbecoming of a representative of Seton Hall athletics."

Lawrence seemed to be in a turnaround season after a rough start to his Pirate career. After transferring to the Hall from Missouri, he made headlines last fall after an incident where he was in a motor vehicle accident while driving the wrong way on the Garden State Parkway.

Jackson, meanwhile, failed to live up to many expectations, especially this fall with the loss of guard Jeremy Hazell due to injury.

Jackson's legacy at the Hall will likely be his record-setting three-point showing at home against VMI last season.

Lawrence played in all 24 of Seton Hall's games this year, averaging 4.5 points per game and 2.9 assists per game. Jackson played in 19 of the 24 contests and averaged 4.6 points per game.

Brian Wisowaty can be reached at

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