Recap of 2022 HBCU All-Star Game

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The first-ever HBCU All-Star Game was held on Sunday in New Orleans as Team Gaines and Team McLendon both representing the nation’s best players from historically black colleges and universities.

A total of 24 players from HBCU schools across the country were invited to take part in Sunday’s contest.

Both teams shot under 40 percent in the first half. Team McLendon held a 37-36 advantage over Team Gaines at the break.

Najee Garvin (Hampton) and Jawaun Daniels (Prairie View A&M) got things started by trading dunks early in the first half.

Team Gaines closed the first half on a 5-0 run thanks to a layup by Navar Elmore (Livingstone) and three-pointer by Jalen Seegars (Fayetteville State) to close the gap to one point.

Randall Brumant (Howard) led Team McLendon in scoring with eight first-half points.

Seegars, the Sam Jones Division II National Player of the Year this season, was terrific in the game. He put his shooting skills on display with that play after showing off his Eurostep earlier in the first half to get an and-1

For the first 7 minutes in the 2nd half, the two teams were trading buckets capped off with Prince Moss’ (Grambling State) alley-oop slam that tied the game at 47.

Team McLendon went on a 10-3 run to get a little bit of breathing room.

Team Gaines kept clawing their way back when it seemed like things were going to start getting out of hand. They trailed 71-69 with 2:30 left to play in regulation when Daniels made a layup on a fast break after a block on the other end of the court.

Team McLendon responded by scoring four straight points out of a timeout to get the lead back up to six.

After two buckets by Team Gaines, Team McLendon turned the ball over to give the Gaines squad a chance to tie the game with just under one minute remaining. They were on a fast break when Javonte Cooke (Winston-Salem State) was called for a charge when he ran over Garvin trying to get to the basket for a layup.

Kameron Langley (North Carolina A&T) made two free throws to put Team McLendon up 79-75. Team Gaines’ last-second three-pointer to keep hope alive was an air ball, and time ran out on the comeback attempt.

Team McLendon won the first-ever HBCU All-Star Game with a 79-75 win over Team Gaines on Sunday in New Orleans.

Tajh Green from Benedict College was named MVP of the game. He finished with 12 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Robert Jones, Team McLendon head coach, told CBS Sports’ AJ Ross after the game he hopes to see this event get bigger going forward:

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