Updated 5 months ago
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 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.
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.