Dower Scores 6 Points, Grabs 8 Rebounds But West Falls

            ARLINGTON, Texas – Gonzaga University’s Sam Dower scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds Friday, but it wasn’t enough as the West All-Stars dropped an 87-75 decision to the East All-Stars in the Reese’s College All-Star Game at AT&T Stadium.

            Dower went 3-for-9 from the field, 0-for-1 from 3-point range and had an assist in 24 minutes of action as he started for the West squad.

            Jerrelle Benimon from Towson was named the Reese’s Perfect Player from the East as he had all of his 15 points in the second half.

            Benimon, who did not attempt a shot in the first half, was 7 for 8 from the field and finished with a team-high tying 15 points to go with eight rebounds in the win. He had 11 of this team’s first 15 points in the second half.

            Drew Crawford from Northwestern took home Reese’s Perfect Player honors from the West team as he finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.

            Also from the East, Dwayne Evans (15) from St. Louis, Will Sheehey from Indiana (13), Karvel Anderson (12) from Robert Morris, Markel Starks (10) from Georgetown and Juvonte Reddic (10) from VCU all finished in double figures for the East. Talib Zanna from Pittsburgh had a team-high 11 rebounds to go with his eight points while Langston Hall from Mercer had a game-high six assists for the East.

            Davion Barry from Weber State led the West team with 15 points and four assists while Cameron Clark from Oklahoma added 11 points. Christian Standhardinger from Hawaii had a game-high 11 rebounds.

            The East, which led 37-28 at halftime, led by as many as 20 in the second half, on three different occasions, the last one being 77-57 with 3:24 left. The East team used a 13-3 second half spurt to take control of the game early in the second half, with Benimon accounting for nine of the 13 points as his team turned a 37-33 lead with 18:36 left in the game into a 50-36 lead with 15:08 left. 

            The West never got closer than the final margin of 12 the rest of the way.

            The East used a 7-0 run in the first half to turn a 20-19 lead into a 27-19 advantage. Zanna’s layup with 9:33 left started the run before Reddic added a dunk and Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 6:55 left to end the run. The East led 37-28 at halftime.

            Evans had nine first half points off the bench to lead the East on 4 of 4 shooting from the floor while Crawford had seven points in the first half to lead the West.



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