COLLEGE PARK -- Before a national audience at the McDonald's All-American basketball game in St. Louis two weeks ago, Louis Bullock probably had his worst shooting performance, hitting only one of nine from the field.
But Bullock, a 6-foot-2 guard from Laurel Baptist and Maryland's top high school boys player, didn't disappoint a crowd of 11,828 at Cole Field House on Thursday night for the 22nd Capital Classic, scoring a record 40 points for the Capital All-Stars, which lost to the U.S. All-Stars, 124-121, in overtime.
Bullock, who signed with Michigan, was 14-for-26 from the field, including a record six three-pointers. His attempt at a seventh fell short at the buzzer in overtime that would had tied the game again.
"It hasn't set in yet," said Bullock. "I'm quite sure tomorrow I will be smiling cheek to cheek. I'm a little upset that we lost."
Antawn Jamison, a 6-foot-8 forward from Providence High in Charlotte, N.C., who's heading to North Carolina, scored 29 points to lead the U.S. All-Stars. Ron Mercer of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, the country's No. 1 player, had 18 points and five rebounds.
Jamison, who had missed a free throw with three-tenths of a second remaining in regulation that would had given the U.S. All-Stars the win, gave them their final margin of victory with a layup that was set up by a behind-the-back pass by Terrell Stokes.
Stokes, a 6-foot guard from Simon Gratz in Philadelphia, hit a baseline jumper with over a minute left in overtime, giving the U.S. a 122-121 lead. Stokes, who reportedly favors the Terrapins over Syracuse, finished with 11 points and six assists in 23 minutes.
Maryland fans had their first opportunity to see the Terrapins' current two signees, Laron Profit of Cesar Rodney High in Camden, Del., and Obinna Ekezie of Worchester (Mass.) Academy, who both played for the U.S. All-Stars.
Profit, a 6-6 swing guard, had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Ekezie, a 6-9, 270-pound center, who will be playing a major role in Maryland's front line with the departure of All-American Joe Smith to the NBA, had four points and six rebounds.