Kentucky All-Stars regain some pride in rematch vs. Indiana

mfields@herald-leader.comJune 15, 2013 

INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-four hours after being pummeled by 54 points, the Kentucky All-Stars picked themselves up and gave one of the best bounce-back performances in the history of this series with Indiana.

Led by the sensational play of Dominique Hawkins, Kentucky pulled to within three points of Indiana four times in the closing minutes before falling 84-77 in front of 6,209 fans in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

"We had to come out and show some pride," said Hawkins, who poured in 33 points.

Kentucky Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. said he talked with his team about that.

"This is when your true colors come out, after facing some adversity," Feldhaus said. "(Friday night) was a very humbling experience.

"You can either tuck your head or come out and play better. We did that. The whole demeanor of the team was a lot better. We were much more team-oriented.

"It was like night and day."

Ken-Jah Bosley, who was part of Madison Central's state championship along with Feldhaus and Hawkins, said the all-stars "didn't realize how much an honor it is to represent your state" until after Indiana waxed them.

"We didn't want to get embarrassed again."

Hawkins, Mr. Basketball, shone the brightest of all the all-stars.

Indiana Coach Scott Heady shuffled in different players trying to find somebody who could stop Hawkins.

Nobody could.

"One on one, he's hard to guard," Heady said. "He stays on the attack and is hard to keep out of the lane. He hit some shots too. He had a great performance," Heady said.

It was nothing new to Feldhaus, who noted that Hawkins was fatigued in his 13-point game Friday night.

"He was fresher tonight. He didn't have two workouts this morning like he did Friday (at UK)," Feldhaus said.

"He's just a man. He kept us in the basketball game."

Bosley (14 points) and UK signee Derek Willis (12 points, nine rebounds) provided support.

Feldhaus, a strict believer in man-to-man, also threw every imaginable defense at Indiana hoping to slow down its Division I playmakers.

It worked as Indiana scored 30 fewer points than the night before.

The Hoosiers' big guns still did plenty of damage.

Devin Davis (IU) had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Mr. Basketball Zak Irvin (Michigan) had 16 points, including four three-pointers. Scott Bryson (Purdue) had 14 points and was clutch in the closing minutes as Indiana held off Kentucky.

Hawkins was at his best down the stretch. He had a four-point play — a three-pointer and free throw — that pulled Kentucky to within 65-62. The visitors also trailed 67-64, 69-66 (after a wheelhouse dunk by Willis) and 71-68.

Kentucky had one possession where it had a chance to tie it, but Omar Prewitt's three-point try missed.

"We did maintain our lead, so I felt really good about the way our guys responded to what could've been a tough situation," Heady said.

Indiana has won last the last 11 games against Kentucky, and 18 of the last 19.

INDIANA 84, KENTUCKY 77

KENTUCKY — Dominique Hawkins 10-19 10-11 33, Ken-Jah Bosley 5-9 2-2 14, Derek Willis 4-10 4-7 12, Rusty Troutman 2-9 1-1 6, Devonte Grundy 2-4 0-0 5, Omar Prewitt 2-10 0-0 5, Stuart Jackson 1-4 0-0 2, Jack Whitman 0-2 0-0 0; Darryl Hicks 0-3 0-2 0, Tyler Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-70 17-23 77.

INDIANA — Devin Davis 8-16 3-6 19; Zak Irvin 6-9 0-0 16, Bryson Scott 5-7 4-4 14, V.J. Beachem 3-4 1-2 9, Collin Hartman 3-6 0-0 8, Blake Simmons 2-6 0-0 5, Demetrius Jackson 2-7 0-0 4, Darius Latham 2-4 0-1 4, Mike Crawford 1-5 0-0 3, Clay Yeo 1-3 0-0 2, Michael Schlotman 0-0 0-0 0, Basil Smotherman 0-2 0-0 0, Michael Volovic 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-69 8-13 84.

Kentucky 34 43—77

Indiana 42 42—84

Three-point goals—Kentucky 8-29 (Hawkins 3-6, Bosley 2-5, Troutman 1-4, Prewitt 1-6, Grundy 1-3, Hicks 0-3, Jackson 0-1, Willis 0-1), Indiana 10-23 (Irvin 4-6, Beachem 2-3, Hartman 2-4, Crawford 1-3, Simmons 1-3, Smotherman 0-1, Yeo 0-1, Scott 0-2). Fouled out—Indiana-Davis, Jackson. Rebounds—Kentucky 38 (Willis 9), Indiana 48 (Davis 11). Assists—Kentucky 9 (Bosley 2, Hawkins 2, Prewitt 2, Troutman 2), Indiana 15 (Scott 4). Total fouls—Kentucky 13, Indiana 24. Technical fouls—None. A—6,209.

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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