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Tarleton Sports Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Tarleton’s Avery Patterson scored nine points and pulled down four rebounds at the 2008 NCAA Division II/NABC All-Star Game Friday in Springfield, Mass. However, the effort was enough as the West All-Stars fell to the East All-Stars, 103-97.
Patterson, a senior from Kannapolis, N.C., played in the game that was sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Nike. Charlie Parker of Millersville was named the East Most Valuable Player while Jeff Fahnbullah of Kentucky Wesleyan received the West MVP award.
Patterson, who started the game for the West, hit his first bucket on a layup with 8:11 left in the first half to put his team up by five, 28-23. The two teams traded leads in the first half with the East ahead by one at the break, 45-40.
The Texan scored again, this time on a jumper at the 13:24 mark to return the lead to the West, 62-61. He then had a layup at 5:03 to cut what was then an East 10-point lead to eight.
Patterson finished the game with two steals, a block and an assist to compliment his nine points and four boards.
The All-Star game was played on the court inside the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and was in conjunction with the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.