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Future Blue Devils McRoberts, Paulus lift East to McDonald’s win

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — If Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski were watching the McDonald’s All-American game, he must have liked what he saw.

Josh McRoberts, who has committed to the Blue Devils, was named the game’s MVP with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting with a game-high 12 rebounds. Duke’s incoming point guard, Greg Paulus, had nine assists and 13 points, making 7 of 8 free throws in the final 2 minutes to help the East hang on for a 115-110 victory Wednesday night.

McRoberts, who is from Carmel, Ind., was surprised when he heard he was named the Most Valuable Player.

“I never even thought about it during the game. I was just trying to go out there and play hard,” he said.

The East opened a 54-27 lead with 6 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first half and appeared to be headed to an easy victory, holding a 65-43 lead at halftime. But Mario Chalmers, who is committed to Kansas, scored 14 points, including three 3s, during a 22-4 run as the West closed to 74-69 in the second half.

“We needed some points but nobody was hitting their shots, so that’s when I stepped in,” Chalmers said.

Gerald Green, the game’s leading scorer with 24, and Eric Devendorf hit 3-pointers to extend the lead back to 80-69.

But the East couldn’t put away the West. Calvin Miles hit a 3-pointer to close the lead to 100-96. The West finally pulled even when Monta Ellis drove to the basket with 1:47 left, then scored on a fast-break slam dunk to tie it at 106 with 1:25 left.

Green hit a pair of free throws to put the East back on top, then Paulus put the game away with his free throws.

None of the players taking part in the game plans to go directly to the NBA.

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