April 3, 2009
DETROIT (AP) - West Coast Conference standouts Josh Heytvelt of Gonzaga, Diamon Simpson of Saint Mary's, and John Bryant of Santa Clara shined in the 47th annual National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Hershey's College All-Star Game.
With three players participating in the all-star game, the WCC tied the Pac-10 for the most players selected to the event played at Ford Field in Detroit.
Gonzaga's Heytvelt hit the winning 3-pointer in the final minute, scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Reese's All-Stars to a 105-100 win over Hershey's All-Stars. Bryant, the WCC Player of the Year and the Bronco's all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker, was Heytvelt's teammate and started for the Reese's All-Stars. He didn't disappoint as he grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and scored eight points.
Simpson went head-to-head with Heytvelt and Bryant and was the top reserve on the Hershey's All-Stars team. Simpson, Saint Mary's all-time leader in rebounding, blocks, and steals, turned in a solid all-around performance with 10 points, to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, and a block.
Boston College's Tyrese Rice scored 24 points and Wisconsin's Marcus Landry had 14 for the winners in the game played at Ford Field, site of this weekend's NCAA men's Final Four. Central Florida's Jermaine Taylor had 23 points for Hershey's. Washington's Justin Dentmon had 22 points, and Auburn's Korvotney Barber added 17.