All Star Teams Split in Baltimore ClassicApril 10, 2000
Baltimore - After a weekend of banquets, receptions and autograph signings, it all came down to basketball on Sunday afternoon as four teams of Black College All-Stars battled for "props" at Morgan State University's Hill Field House.
Senior representatives of the four Black College conferences and several NAIA schools got to display their skills before pro scouts and a live television audience through the Major Broadcasting Company (MBC).
The men couldn't settle things in regulation as the South team beat the North, 115-108 in overtime. The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) connection of Alcorn State's Wallace Harris (19 pts, 5 rebs) and MVP Patrick Chambers (16 pts, 9 rebs) of Arkansas-Pine Bluff led a team comprised of players from the SWAC, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and NAIA schools Dillard and Talladega. The North squad featured representatives from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
The South led at the half, 46-44 and extended its lead to 68-60 on a jumper by Tuskegee's Lonnie Benjamin with 11:17 remaining in regulation. The North squad then went on a 11-3 run to tie the score at 71-71. The teams battled back and forth and the North team missed several opportunities to win the game in regulation.
Coppin State's Kofi Pointer missed two free-throws with :46 left and S.C. State's Duane Johnson only made one of two free-throws with :05 on the clock to send the game into overtime.
The South opened the overtime period with an 11-3 run to take control of the game. The North only made 4 field goals in the overtime period.
Bethune-Cookman's Freddie Cole led all scorers with 21 points. North teammate Johnson had 17 points and 15 rebounds.
The women's contest was practically decided in the first 1:29 of the game as the North squad opened with a 10-2 run and never looked back enroute to a 93-75 win, the first for a North team in the three-year history of the women's event.
CIAA Player of the Year and game MVP Tiffany Moss scored early and often with 20 first half points to lead the North team to a 47-35 halftime lead. Moss finished with 24 points in the game.
Bethune-Cookman's D'Shawn Watts picked up the scoring in the second half to finish with 20 points in the game. Coppin State's Liesha Mitchell finished with 18 points.
The South squad was hurt by the loss of SIAC Player of the Year Patricia Scaggs (Kentucky State) who hurt her ankle in practice and was not very effective in the game. Point guard April Allen (LeMoyne-Owen) led the South team with 14 points. Andrea Watson of Southern-New Orleans had 13 points and Scaggs' teammate Kelli Williams finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.