Steve Hailey Sparks Worcester Win

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND -- With the Memphis basketball staff looking on, Worcester guard Steve Hailey (right) had one of his best performances this season. Hailey's 16 points sparked Worcester to a 74-69 win over Our Savior New American at the 2002 National Prep School Invitational held on the campus of Bryant College.
Hailey hit some jumpers and scored some key baskets on drives to the basket. Our Savior was playing without junior scoring guard, Walter Murray while Worcester evened up the disadvantage for the first half by benching Craig Smith, who is headed to Boston College and is a big part of head coach Mo Cassara's team.
Worcester got off to a quick start. They led 33-24. There was some sloppy play in the first half by both teams. Hailey got eight of his 16 points in the first half while Jason Chappell did a nice job in the first half, scoring eight points too. Chappell is headed to Wisconsin next season.
Jamar Wilson got Our Savior back into the game. His 24 points came on a couple of three-pointers and some sweet drives to the basket. But Jarrett Jack hit two key free throws with 31.2 seconds left to give Worcester a 71-67 lead. With 15.4 seconds left, Jack repeated his effort from the free throw line to put the game away.
Smith, who played some minutes in the second half, finished with 12 points. Jack had 10 while Wes Wardrop had eight and Sam Kaplan had nine points. Indiana recruit Daryl Pegram did not have many opportunites to shoot the ball. He finished with four points.
Oumar Sylla had 13 points while Juan Palacios had 15 points. Teammate Gene Selimi added eight off the bench. Murray sat out due to a twisted ankle suffered earlier in the week.