Gilligan scores 12 at D-II ASG
Amherst native helps East to 125-114 win
Amherst native Devin Gilligan, a senior on the Southern New Hampshire University men’s basketball team netted 12 points, including eight in the second half, as the East squad recorded a 125-114 victory against the West team at the Reese’s/NABC Division II All-Star Game on Friday night at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Gilligan finished 6-for-11 from the field as he pulled down six rebounds, including four of the offensive variety, dished a pair of assists and made a steal in 20 minutes of action.
Gilligan did not start, but made an immediate impact when he entered the game as he saved an offensive rebound, while falling out of bounds, to Virginia Union University’s Ray Anderson, who knocked down the open jumper to give Gilligan the assist and the East a 16-13 advantage with 14:20 remaining in the first half.
Gilligan made his first bucket at the 11:09 mark as he finished a layup, while getting hammered by a defender, to put East back in front, 22-21. Gilligan scored again on the next trip down the floor, dropping in another layup to give his squad a 24-23 edge with 10:50 left.
Gilligan put his final fingerprints of the first half on the game when he made a steal near midcourt and sent an outlet pass to Valdosta State University’s Jeremiah Hill, who threw a lob that was slammed home by Tarleton State University’s Raymond Jenkins to pull the East within 52-49 with 2:11 to go.
The West led, 61-58, at halftime.
Gilligan again made his presence felt when he made his second-half debut as he secured an offensive rebound and found an open Ken-Jah Bosley, from Kentucky Wesleyan College, who drained a 3-pointer to extend the East lead to 83-77 with 13:56 to play.
Gilligan racked up the points late as he helped the East seal the victory, beginning by running the floor and throwing down a one-handed dunk to stretch the advantage to 115-103 with 3:06 left. Gilligan then knocked down a foul-line jumper to move the score to 121-110 with 1:01 on the clock before converting consecutive layups to give East its largest lead of the night at 125-112 with 37 seconds to play.
Gilligan ended the night with an exclamation point as he threw down a reverse two-
handed slam at the buzzer, but the officials waved it off, saying it occurred just after time had expired.
n Gilligan is the second Southern New Hampshire player to ever be selected for the game, joining former teammate Rodney Sanders, who was invited last year. Coincidentally, Sanders’ No. 24 was already taken for the game last season and he chose to wear the gold No. 15 of Gilligan. Gilligan was able to get No. 15 this year and wore the same gold jersey Sanders donned a year ago when he scored a game-high 23 points.
n File this one under career symmetry: Gilligan plays his final collegiate game in the same building he played the first official game of his career as a freshman at Augustana (S.D.) University.