UCLA recruit Love leads West to Roundball win

Originally Published: April 3, 2007
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- UCLA recruit Kevin Love scored 21 points and had 16 rebounds and James Hickson added 24 points as the West defeated the East 144-123 in the Roundball Classic at the United Center on Tuesday night.

O.J. Mayo, considered the top high school player in the country, scored 27 points and Gani Lawal added 16 points for the East in annual high school all-star game.

Love dominated the paint and shot 10-for-17 from the field.

The West controlled the game, outscoring the East 34-12 during a span in the first and second quarters. Corey Fisher hit back-to-back 3's for the West to give them a 58-35 lead with 6:40 left in the second quarter. Fisher, headed to Villanova, finished with 13 points and 16 assists.

Hickson, who will play at North Carolina State, also had eight rebounds. Love, Hickson, and Fisher shared the MVP.

Mayo, who is going to Southern California, shot 11-for-18 from the field and was 5-for-10 on 3-point attempts. He was the West's MVP.

Nyal Koshwal, a 6-foot-9, 238-pound forward headed to DePaul, scored 19 points for the West.

Herb Pope, who was scheduled to play for the West squad was shot early Saturday. Pope from Aliquippa Pa., remained hospitalized in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, recovering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen, thigh and lower left arm. Aliquippa coach Marvin Emerson said Pope's injuries are not life-threatening. Pope is committed to play for New Mexico St.


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