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Indiana sweeps Kentucky boys basketball all-stars; girls split salvage split

2013-06-15T21:15:00Z 2013-06-16T01:22:06Z Indiana sweeps Kentucky boys basketball all-stars; girls split salvage splitThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 15, 2013 9:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana got the sweep again this year, but it wasn't easy.

The Kentucky boys All-Stars followed Friday night's 54-point loss with a much better effort Saturday, but still lost 84-77 to Indiana.

Indiana's players expected a closer game in the rematch at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"We expected them not to give us nothing easy," Devin Davis, an Indiana University recruit, said. "They were going to come out and play hard. They were embarrassed."

It didn't matter. Indiana held Kentucky to 37 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 48-38. Indiana swept the two-game series for the fifth consecutive year and claimed its 11th straight win in the series. Indiana won Friday's game in Louisville 114-60.

Davis had 19 points and 11 rebounds and was named the player of the game. He said he was more focused on effort than scoring.

"I'd like to thank my team," he said. "Without them, I wouldn't have gotten the ball."

Zak Irvin, a Michigan recruit from Hamilton Southeastern, scored 16 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers, while Purdue recruit Bryson Scott, of Fort Wayne Northrop, added 14 points.

Munster's Michael Schlotman played eight minutes and grabbed two rebounds.

Dominique Hawkins, a University of Kentucky recruit from Madison Central, scored 33 points, tying the fifth-highest scoring output by a Kentucky player in the 75-year history of the event. It was the highest point total for a Kentucky player since 2000.

"I felt we needed to show some pride," he said. "I don't like losing."

Indiana coach Scott Heady put numerous defenders on Hawkins with no success. The 6-foot-1 guard made 10 of 19 shots and nearly scored a point for each of his 35 minutes.

"He's really good," Heady said. "He's just constantly attacking you off the dribble. He hit shots tonight. Last night, he didn't hit shots."

Kentucky held Indiana scoreless for nearly three minutes to start the game and took an early 17-11 lead before Indiana got hot from outside. Indiana led 42-34 at halftime after making 7 of 16 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes. Davis had nine points and six rebounds at the break.

Hawkins made 6 of 9 shots and scored 13 points in the first half while the rest of the team made 8 of 27 shots and scored 21 points.

A 3-pointer by Omar Prewitt cut Indiana's lead to 50-47, but Indiana handled the surge. A 3-pointer by Irvin while fading out of bounds bumped the lead to eight, and another three by Irvin from nearly the same spot gave Indiana a 58-47 edge with just under 13 minutes remaining.

Hawkins kept Kentucky in it. He hit a three, was fouled and made the free throw to cut Indiana's lead to 65-62.

Indiana led 71-68 before Davis scored on a spinning layup, then grabbed a steal and put down a dunk to push the lead to seven with three minutes to play. Kentucky got no closer, and Indiana's players once again left with bragging rights.

"It's great to go end my high school career with this great group of guys who shared the ball, played defense and rebounded," Irvin said.

In the girls game, it wasn't at all how Indiana Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga expected the All-Star experience to be. It certainly not what she wanted.

Mavunga sprained her left knee within the first three minutes in the first game of the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star girls basketball game on Friday and was unable to play in Saturday's game, ending a dream she's had for years.

"It's really frustrating," she said before Saturday's game. "You dream about this as a kid. But I know my teammates are going to get out here and execute and God willing, we'll get the win."

That's exactly what happened.

Indiana's Bridget Perry had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead Indiana to a 100-86 victory over Kentucky to wrap up the two-game series.

Taya Reimer had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Ariana Simmons added 14 points for Indiana, which split the All-Star series with Kentucky for the second time in three years.

Indiana bounced back after losing 84-78 on Friday. Last year, Kentucky swept Indiana.

"We had a new focus today, we talked about it this morning," Reimer said. "We were really motivated and focused tonight. Last night, they were on it, they hit a bunch of shots. They punched us in the mouth last night and we had to come back at them tonight."

Mavunga, who will play for North Carolina this fall, sat on the bench in street clothes with a large brace that took up the most of her leg. She said she heads to North Carolina on Tuesday. There's no timetable on her recovery, but says she'll be ready to go by the start of the season.

Reimer, who will play at Notre Dame, sparked a 13-2 run early in the second half with a jumper to give Indiana a 40-34 lead. Bridget scored two free throws and then a lay-up with 18:15 left to play to give Indiana a 46-36 lead.

Indiana never looked back.

"Once we got in at halftime, we talked about the first three or four minutes of the second half," Indiana coach Mark Hurt said. "I thought the girls did a nice job of responding at the start of the second half."

Later, Reimer was fouled on a shot and hit the extra free throw to give Indiana a 49-36 advantage.

Kentucky Miss Basketball Makayla Epps had 23 points and Larryn Brooks had 19 for Kentucky.

"Were a little fatigued," Kentucky coach Chris Souder said. "Going against a big team like Indiana, you're going to take your bruises and having to come back and play them a second night was pretty tough."

Epps had 12 points by halftime, including a 3-pointer midway through the first half to give Kentucky a 19-13 lead. Indiana eventually took the lead in the first half and led by as much as six points. Epps hit a 3-pointer with 2:47 left in the first half to get within a point, 31-30 and then Michaela Hunter scored a lay-up to give Kentucky the lead again.

It didn't last night. Indiana closed out the first half on a 7-0 run to lead 38-32 at halftime.

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