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Knight hits winning three at McDonald's event

COLUMBUS, Ohio — No harm, no foul, for Brandon Knight.

Knight's three-pointer from the right wing with three seconds left gave the West a 107-104 victory over the East in the McDonald's All-American Game on Wednesday night at Ohio State's Value City Arena.

Knight drove the right wing and stopped short as a defender fell down, taking his time to set up for the winning three. It appeared he may have pushed off to get open.

"No, he just fell down," Knight said of the defender. "I didn't even know. I just tried to get it off."

But East MVP Jared Sullinger, a Columbus native and crowd favorite who has signed with Ohio State, quickly kidded him.

"Nah, he pushed off," he said with a laugh.

Sullinger missed a long heave at the buzzer.

Knight, out of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is undecided about his college. The highly touted point guard was one of seven uncommitted players in Wednesday's game — and one of five considering playing next season at Kentucky.

"Harrison (Barnes) tried to flash up, but they denied him," he said of his last shot. "We wanted to get the best shot available."

Barnes, who is going to North Carolina, led the West with 18 points.

Terrence Jones, a forward from Portland, Ore., played for the West and is also considering UK. Jones was 7-for-11 from the field for 14 points, adding three rebounds and a steal.

Oak Hill Academy guard Doron Lamb, another possible future Wildcat, added 12 points for the West. Lamb was 6-for-11 from the field and missed both of his three-point attempts.

Baltimore point guard Josh Selby, a UK target who won the dunk contest on Monday night, had 13 points for the East. Selby was 6-for-10 from the field and added three assists.

C.J. Leslie, a forward from Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C., could follow former teammate John Wall to Lexington. Leslie had seven points, tied a game-high with nine rebounds, and added a highlight-reel block in the first half.

Sullinger was hospitalized on Tuesday night with a mild case of food poisoning that left him dehydrated.

"Early this morning I didn't think I'd play," he said. "But I went to the hospital, got an IV and now it's all good."

Kyrie Irving (Duke) and Tobias Harris (Tennessee) had 13 points for the East, while Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State) added 11, including the dunk that tied the game with 33 seconds left off a backdoor assist from Selby.

Harris did not play in the second half after fracturing a toe in the first half.

Future Cat in girls' game

No one was more surprised than Meighan Simmons that she ended up as the player of the game.

The Tennessee signee scored 21 points in 14 minutes and Texas A&M-bound Karla Gilbert added 15 points to lead the West past the East 84-75 Wednesday night in the McDonald's All-American game at Ohio State's Value City Arena.

"To be honest with you, I wanted to come here and have fun," said Simmons, from Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas. "I wasn't expecting anything at all. It's just a blessing to be in a game like this."

Jennifer O'Neill, the first McDonald's All-American to sign with Kentucky, played for the East team. O'Neill, a 5-foot-6 point guard from New York City, was 2-for-3 from the field and had five points and two assists.

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