With not much time to get to become acquainted, the East All-Stars showed more consistency Friday night en route to an 87-75 win over the West All-Stars in the National Association of Basketball Coaches college All-Star Game at AT&T Stadium.
A crowd of 15,401 watched some of the nation’s best seniors play in the warm-up to the two Final Four semifinal games.
Dwayne Evans and Jerrelle Benimon led a balanced East attack with 15 points apiece, Will Sheehey scored 13, Karvel Anderson 12, and Juvonte Reddic and Markel Starks added 10 points each.
Benimon, a 6-foot-8 forward from Towson, had eight rebounds, was 7-of-8 from the field and was named the East’s outstanding player.
With 11 points, nine rebounds and two steals, 6-5 guard Drew Crawford of Northwestern was chosen as the West’s outstanding player.
The East led the majority of the way, including by as much as 20 points — 68-48 — after Evans made a pair of free throws with 8:17 remaining in the game.
“We had guys that really gelled together,” said Evans, a 6-foot-6 forward from Saint Louis. “It was easy going out there and guys were ready to compete. Three days, after a couple practices, you get to know each other pretty well. And we all had fun out there.”
West guard Davion Berry also said he had fun in his first visit to North Texas.
“I enjoyed it, and it was just a great atmosphere and a good place to play,” said the Weber State senior. “It was a big stadium. My second shot, I air-balled it. The ball was just floating in the air.”
“We kept it real simple and we just said, ‘Have fun, play together and compete on defense,’ ” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “Our big guys were really smart basketball players and they did a great job.”
Oklahoma’s Cameron Clark, a two-time all-state player at Sherman High School, added 11 points for the West. Sam Dower Jr. had six points and eight rebounds.
With Evans scoring nine points and Sheehey seven, the East took a 37-28 lead at the half.
Overall, the East shot 49.3 percent from the field to 31.3 percent for the West.
Berry said everyone had a good time and it was an experience he will never forget.
“I’ve never been to Dallas before so it’s good to always come to where you’ve never been, especially when it’s a good place,” Berry said. “We played good, I played good and it showed tonight.”