All-Star boys: Indiana outduels Kentucky

mfields@herald-leader.comJune 13, 2014 


    Boys: Kentucky vs. Indiana

    When: 7 p.m.

    Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis

    TV: Fox Sports South

James Blackmon Jr. outdid dear ol' dad, and just about every other Indiana all-star in history, as the Hoosiers beat Kentucky 104-94 Friday night in Transylvania's Beck Center.

James Blackmon Sr., who played college hoops at Kentucky, totaled 37 points in two games for Indiana in the 1983 all-star games.

James Jr. topped that on one night, pouring in 41 points to spark Indiana to its 11th victory in a row over the boys from the Bluegrass.

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The only Indiana all-star to score more in one game was the legendary George McGinnis with 53 points in 1969.

"I didn't know that. It's nice to be on that list," Blackmon said with a smile.

Blackmon, a 6-foot-3 guard who's headed to IU, hit 13 of 25 shots, including four three-pointers.

Kentucky had a shooting star, too, in Quentin Snider. Mr. Basketball and a Louisville signee, Snider had 37 points, including six threes, and seven rebounds.

Blackmon was impressed by Snider: "He took that challenge as a competitive player, and I took that challenge."

Snider credited Blackmon for "getting hot in the first half" and "hitting big shots in the second half.

"He's going to be a great player for IU."

Indiana all-star coach David Benter said "it was hard not to get caught up watching the duel" between Blackmon and Snider.

"They're two special players and both had special nights. They're both so quick and shoot it so well. You've gotta pick your poison."

Kentucky Coach Chris O'Hearn was star-struck, too.

"Two great performances," he said. "If you look back in this series, you might see one guy have a big night, but not two guys in the same game."

The Hoosiers needed Blackmon to pick up the slack left by Trey Lyles, Indiana's Mr. Basketball and a high-profile UK signee, who isn't playing this weekend because of extreme dehydration.

Blackmon still got lots of help, though.

Trevon Bluiett (Xavier signee) had 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Bryant McIntosh (Northwestern) had 11 of his 13 points in the second half. He was clutch down the stretch when Indiana pulled away.

Zach McRoberts (Vermont) added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Snider's supporting cast included Christen Cunningham with 20 points, and Butler-bound Kelan Martin with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Justin Johnson added five points and eight rebounds.

Lafayette's Jackson Davis chipped in with four points and Henry Clay's Jordan Green had three.

Kentucky went toe-to-toe with Indiana most of the night. Its last lead came at 77-76 with just under 10 minutes left. Indiana pulled out to an 89-80 lead, but Kentucky rallied to within 94-90 with two minutes to go.

McRoberts then hit a three for the Hoosiers to stymie the comeback and spark the visitors on a game-clinching run.

Indiana will try for its sixth sweep in a row when it hosts Kentucky in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday night. Indiana has won 28 of 31 games in the series since 1999.

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