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St. John's Hill to miss two games with injury

NEW YORK -- Junior guard Daryll Hill, St. John's leading
scorer this season, will miss two games with a left knee injury,
the school announced Tuesday.

Hill, a preseason All-Big East selection, will miss both games
of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. The Red Storm
(5-4) played Columbia in the first round with the championship game
on Wednesday.

Hill, who averages 13.7 points per game, missed the loss to
Hofstra on Nov. 29 with the same injury. He played in the next
three games, including last week's loss at No. 1 Duke.

"There is some damage to the cartilage below his kneecap,
likely suffered a long time ago," said team physician Dr. Answorth
Allen. "The injury was re-aggravated last month and the symptoms
treated with rest and physical therapy. The injury was
re-aggravated during the Duke game, and right now there is some
pain and swelling in the knee."

Allen said surgery would be an "absolute last resort."

Hill wouldn't put a time frame on his return.

"I will return to practice and games as soon as I am able,"
Hill said.