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Portland -- Two kids from Chicago showed why they were so coveted by the Oregon Ducks on Sunday at the Nike Global Challenge held at the Chiles Center on the campus of the University of Portland. Michael Dunigan and Matthew Humphrey played on USA Team 2 in a 113-92 win over Puerto Rico.

(PHOTO)Michael Dunigan (15) slam dunks the ball on an assist from Matthew Humphrey during the Nike Global Challenge at the Chiles Center in Portland on Sunday. (Photo by Chris Wilson)

The game was in the exhibition round of a tournament that gets underway on Monday, but on Sunday afternoon the USA team had its way from the start. Matthew Humphrey, 6-5, Chicago (Ill.) Hales Franciscan HS, played both point guard and wing in the contest. In the first half, Humphrey struggled with his shot and looked to pass the ball off while picking up five assists but in the second half, the left-handed shooter found his range, particularly from the 3-point line and lit up the nets. Humphrey finished the game with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting including 4-of-8 outside the 3-point line. In addition to the five assists he had two rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Humphrey demonstrated in the Puerto Rico game that he could play either point or shooting guard and do what is necessary to help his team win.

"I like playing point, but my bread and butter is the two (shooting guard) especially with sets and offenses," said Humphrey. " (It's) whatever is best (for the team) and what the coaches want... it's up to them really."

Michael Dunigan, 6-9, Chicago (Ill.) Farragut Academy, also started off slowly but in the second half demonstrated to the fans in the Chiles Center his skills under the basket and the ability to finish off plays. Dunigan finished the game with nine points on 4-for-4 shooting, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

The pair destined for Oregon linked up for a nice ally-oop and subsequent slam dunk in the second half that drew the oohs and aahs from the bystanders, and when asked about the play Dunigan smiled and said "I didn't think he (Humphrey) was going to throw it to me." Humphrey did and Dunigan wasted no time by slamming the ball throw the basket. The play was made while both athletes were in the air.

This tournament is beneficial to both Dunigan and Humphrey as they are playing against competition that will be more similar to what they will see in college -- athletes with the same kind of size and speed that they have. Dunigan explained that in high school he is normally taller than everyone else is but at the Nike Global, he is not the only player standing 6-9.

Tyreke Evans, a 5-star shooting guard and ranked No. 2 nationally by was the leading scorer for the game with 29. Evans is being hotly pursued in recruiting by Louisville and Villanova. Melvin Rivera had 28 for Puerto Rico.

USA2 will square off against USA7 on Monday night with tip off scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Chiles Center.

USA2-Puerto Rico Box Score.

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