Former St John’s star D.J. Kennedy poured in 27 points to lead Turkey’s Pinar Karsiyaka past Lithuania’s Juventus 82-76 in the Basketball Champions League.
The BCL is a FBA tournament featuring teams from Europe’s top professional leagues.
Kennedy, a 6-6, 215-pound shooting guard, shot a red-hot 69 percent (11-of-16) from the field.
He also had 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals in the game.
Dominic Waters (Portland State) added 13 points and 9 assists for Turkey in the win.
For Lithuania, Laron Dendy (Middle Tenn. State) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
But the star of the game was Kennedy, who leads the BCL in rebounds and is second in scoring this season, averaging 20.7 points and 9.9 rebounds for Pinar Karsiyaka.
He comes from the China CBA, where led Guangzhou in scoring, rebounding and assists last year, averaging 23.1 points, 10.8 boards, and 5.2 dimes.
A college star at St John’s, Kennedy was the team’s top scorer as a junior in 2009-10, averaging 15.1 points along with a team-high 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Undrafted, Kennedy averaged 6 points and 3.5 rebounds in a few games with the Cavs in 2011-12
He has played in the D-League with Erie Bayhawks and the Rio Grande Vipers, winning the NBADL championship with the Vipers in 2013.
Kennedy has also played overseas in Russia (Siberia’s Enisey Krasnoyarsk), Volgograd (Krasny Oktyabr), Germany (Reisen Ludwigsburg), France (BCM Gravelines) and Israel (Hapoel Unet Holon).
A prep star at Schenley High School (Pittsburgh), he averaged 17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2 blocks as a senior to lead the team to a 29-3 record, the school’s third-consecutive city title, and the 2007 AAAA State championship.
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