Hayward Collects Strong Performances At Final Four Dunk Contest, All-Star Game
April 2, 2010
Indianapolis, Ind. -
Senior forward Lazar Hayward of the Marquette men's basketball program enjoyed a successful Final Four weekend in Indianapolis, Ind., collecting a pair of impressive efforts in the dunk contest and all-star game.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native started for the home-standing Hershey's All-Star squad on Friday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium and hit the team's first basket of the contest with a deep 3-pointer. He finished with a game-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including a 5-of-9 effort from long distance. Hayward also chipped in seven rebounds and a steal in just 24 minutes of action.
"I am happy and thankful I was selected to play," Hayward said. "It was a great atmosphere and experience I will remember."
Also on the Hershey's roster were fellow BIG EAST Conference performers Scottie Reynolds (Villanova) and Deonta Vaughn (Cincinnati). The Reece's All-Star squad was able to rally for a 106-101 victory.
Hayward finished third in the eight-player dunk contest field Thursday night in the 22nd annual State Farm College Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships. He earned the final spot in the semifinals thanks to a dunk MU fans will remember from Marquette Madness in October. Teammate Joe Fulce claimed the title after Maurice Acker delivered a perfect baseline pass from the concourse level of the Al McGuire Center. Hayward finished the same dunk with the help of Vanderbilt's Jermaine Beal.