McGruder hits key free throws, leads East to win

Kansas State star Rodney McGruder scores 11 in East's victory in the East-West All-Star game in Atlanta.
Kansas State star Rodney McGruder scores 11 in East's victory in the East-West All-Star game in Atlanta.

Courtesy Associated Press

 

ATLANTA (AP) – James Ennis of Long Beach State scored 13 points, and Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder hit four free throws in the closing seconds to give the East team an 87-81 victory over the West in the college all-star game at the Final Four.

The East team, coached by Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin, built a 15-point lead in the second half before squandering nearly all of it. But the West, coached by Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, couldn’t finish the comeback, even though they started fouling down the stretch to extend the game.

McGruder finished with 11 points for the East team, while Will Clyburn of Iowa State scored 17 points and Mike Muscala of Bucknell finished with 15 points for the West.

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