Wiggins scores 25 points in Hoop Fest finale

 Posted by at 2:24 AM on December 2, 2012
Dec 022012

BENTON, Ky. — Andrew Wiggins threw down one last dunk, and the show was over.

The UK recruit’s two-handed slam midway through the fourth quarter of Huntington Prep’s 74-40 victory over Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.) on Saturday night proved the perfect ending to his two-day stint at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

Wiggins headed for the bench with 3:17 left in the game. As he walked off the court, the pro-UK crowd gave him a well-deserved standing ovation.

“The atmosphere was great,” Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford said afterward.

Wiggins had 25 points and nine rebounds Saturday, but he was slow getting started. The 6-foot-8 forward managed just one point in the first quarter and had made only one field goal when he went into halftime with five points.

Then he got going.

Wiggins scored 11 points in less than four minutes to start the third quarter and ended up with 20 points in the second half, despite missing almost half the fourth.

Briarcrest, led by Memphis signee Austin Nichols, had no answer for Wiggins. He made three three-pointers in the second half, converted and-one opportunities and threw down that monster dunk at the end — his first of the game after coming up with seven slams the night before.

The crowd chanted “Go Big Blue!” shortly before his exit, reminding the nation’s No. 1 recruit where he was, and why they had come to watch.


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