Archbishop Mitty's Aaron Gordon was named MVP of the McDonald's All-American game Wednesday night in Chicago after putting on a dunk show while leading the West to a 110-99 victory over the East.
The Arizona-bound Gordon had 24 points, eight rebounds and numerous dunks before a crowd of 15,815 at the United Center, including a tomahawk jam shortly before his night ended.
The 6-foot-8 Gordon drove for a layup on the game's first possession and had five dunks and 14 points before halftime.
He put the West up 74-54 on a reverse dunk off a fast break with 14:05 left. He also had a windmill dunk after halftime.
"It was really great. I've been watching all the players come up through the McDonald's All-American game and to finally get here and go through the process of it all. Each practice, each shootaround, just the scrimmaging, it means a lot, I can come out here and compete with all the best players," Gordon said.
In front of a small, yet raucous sellout crowd of 1,280 at George Mason's practice facility, the Patriots (22-15) overcame an early second-half run by the Broncos (25-12).
The teams will meet for a deciding third game Friday at the 10,000-seat Patriot Center, where a job fair was being held Wednesday night.
Kevin Foster had 14 of his 16 points in the second half to pace Santa Clara.
Louisville, a No. 5 seed, advanced to the national semifinals by using an outstanding 3-point-shooting barrage to beat top-seeded Baylor. The Cardinals followed that up with another big offensive night in a victory over Tennessee.
"It's hard to argue that they're the hottest team in the country right now," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "They're clearly an exciting offensive team. We're going to have a challenge to slow them down."
Cal sophomore Brittany Boyd will likely draw the defensive assignment on Louisville star Shoni Schimmel, a dynamic guard who has scored 46 points in the last two games.
Staff writer Stephanie Hammon and The Associated Press contributed to this report.