Aug. 4, 2012
UNCASVILLE, Conn. --- Although University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun was forced to miss his Celebrity Classic All-Star Game Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena because of an afternoon bicycle mishap, his former players put on quite a show for 7,241 fans.
With 36 former Huskies on hand, ranging in age from Murray Williams, Lyman DePriest, and John Gwynn (Class of '91), to Jeremy Lamb (who played last season), UConn White defeated UConn Blue, 109-107, in a unique sudden-death overtime.
Kemba Walker led the White team with 38 points and 6 rebounds and was named the All-Star Game's Most Outstanding Player. Gavin Edwards had 16 points and Jerome Dyson 15 for the White. UConn Blue was paced by Rudy Gay's 20 points, while Lamb added 19 and Rashad Anderson 16.
With the game deadlocked, 107-107, at the end of regulation time, a sudden-death overtime was instituted. It was Dyson who made a steal at halfcourt and outraced Gay to the basket to score the winning layup.
Former All-Americans Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton were at the game and received two of the loudest ovations from the fans, but did not play in the game.
Calhoun suffered a fall while on an afternoon bike ride and underwent surgery for a hip fracture Saturday night at John Dempsey Hospital at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.