Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Updated: April 1, 12:01 PM ET
OSU-bound Sullinger named East MVP
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No harm, no foul, for Brandon Knight.
Knight's 3-pointer from the right wing with 3 seconds left gave the West a 107-104 victory over the East in the McDonald's All-American game on Wednesday night at Ohio State's Value City Arena.
Knight drove the right wing and stopped short as a defender fell down, taking his time to set up for the winning 3. It appeared he may have pushed off to get open.
"No, he just fell down," Knight said of the defender. "I didn't even know. I just tried to get it off."
But East MVP Jared Sullinger, a Columbus native and crowd favorite who has signed with Ohio State, quickly kidded him.
"Nah, he pushed off," he said with a laugh.
Sullinger missed a long heave at the buzzer.
Knight, out of Pine Crest School in Coral Springs, Fla., is undecided about his college.
"Harrison [Barnes] tried to flash up, but they denied him," he said of his last shot. "We wanted to get the best shot available."
Barnes, who is going to North Carolina, led the West with 18 points, Terrence Jones had 14, Doron Lamb had 12, Jereme Richmond (Illinois) had 11 and Keith Appling (Michigan State) and Joshua Smith (UCLA) each had 10 for the West, which overcame a halftime deficit by scoring 16 of the first 20 points in the second half.
Sullinger was hospitalized on Tuesday night with a mild case of food poisoning that left him dehydrated.
"Early this morning I didn't think I'd play," he said. "But I went to the hospital, got an IV and now it's all good."
Kyrie Irving (Duke), Tobias Harris (Tennessee) and Josh Selby each had 13 points for the East, while Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) added 11, including the dunk that tied the game with 33 seconds left off a backdoor assist from Selby.