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Kentucky All-Stars too much for Indiana

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Indiana's Garrett Butcher, right, puts a shot up over the defense of Kentucky's Desmond Johnson during the first half of their basketball game Sunday, June 15, 2008, at The Gardens in Louisville, Ky.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Mr. Basketball Darius Miller scored 13 points, and sparked a second-half spurt, to lead his team to a 95-78 win Sunday over the Indiana All-Stars and end an eight-game losing skid in the annual summer series.

It was a big turnaround, in front of approximately 2,000 fans at Louisville Gardens, for Kentucky, which blew an 11-point lead in losing to Indiana 83-82 Friday night at Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse.

Miller was one of five players in double figures for Kentucky, which shot 44.9 percent (31 of 69) from the field, including 42.9 percent (6 of 14) from three-point range in the first half to lead 51-38 at intermission.

Tyler Brown, a 6-foot-2 guard from Apollo High, led Kentucky with 19 points and hit 5 of 6 three-pointers -- all in the first half.

Larry Stone led Indiana with 24 points, while Mr. Basketball, 7-0 Tyler Zeller, added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"They've got a lot of weapons, that's definitely one of the more talented Kentucky teams in some time, especially when they shoot the basketball like that," Indiana coach Rick Baumgartner said.

Shelvin Mack, who led Kentucky with 24 points in the first game, scored 16 in this one, as did Victor Moses.

Miller, the 6-7 forward from Mason County who is headed to the University of Kentucky, made just 2 of 8 shots but hit 9 of 11 free throws. He also added nine rebounds, four assists, three steals with only one turnover. Kentucky, which had 29 turnovers in the first game, had 15 on Sunday.

"It's a great feeling, I'm glad we came out and represented Kentucky well," Miller said. "I think it was mostly us taking care of the ball, we didn't panic with it and didn't make bad decisions with it."

With Kentucky leading 69-60 almost midway through the second half Miller scored on a three-point play, hit two free throws and assisted a basket as Kentucky surged ahead 79-60 with a little more than eight minutes remaining in the game.

Kentucky made 15 of 19 free throws, compared to Indiana's 4 of 5. Indiana also had 12 turnovers, which Kentucky converted into 15 points.

Indiana went inside to Zeller to start the second half. A turnaround by the McDonald's All-American, and North Carolina-recruit, with 14:02 to play pulled Indiana within 62-54. But that's as close as Indiana would get as Miller fueled the 10-0 spurt.


Girls' All-Star game

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Five players scored in double figures to lead the Kentucky girls' All-Star team to a record 101-62 victory over their Indiana counterparts at Louisville Gardens in the second game of the annual home-and-home series.

Sunday's game marked the first sweep by Kentucky since 1991, the same year at its previous largest win in the series (84-60). It was also a record point total for Kentucky, whose previous best was 98 in 1990.

"Obviously we're thrilled with the sweep," Kentucky coach Sally Zimmerman said.

For a while it looked like it might be a shutout too. Kentucky scored the game's first 18 points -- seven by Miss Basketball Tia Gibbs.

"We proved tonight we might be the best class ever in Kentucky," Gibbs said.

Gibbs, of Butler High School, finished with 12 points. Monique Reid from Fern Creek led Kentucky with 16 points, while Janae Howard of Owensboro added 15.

Indiana Miss Basketball Brittany Rayburn of Attica led her team with 12 points, all in the second half. The Purdue signee was just 2-of-15 from the field and didn't hit her first field goal until 5:56 remained in the game. Rayburn's shooting struggles were mirrored by her team as Indiana made just 22.7 percent (17-of-75) of its field-goal attempts.

Kentucky out rebounded Indiana 67-44, turned 25 Indiana turnovers into 29 points and shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from three-point range.

"They came out hot, shooting 64 percent from three-point range, you can't do that in a game of H-O-R-S-E," Indiana coach Kem Zolman said.

Indiana, which lost Friday's game in Indianapolis 76-59, missed its first 14 shots and went scoreless until Maggie Boyer's two free throws with 14:57 left in the first half. Indiana's first field goal came with 12:28 to play in the half. Kentucky led 45-19 at halftime behind 10 points apiece from Gibbs and Reid and thanks to 13.9-percent shooting (5-for-36) by Indiana.

Indiana, which had won 26 of the previous 32 meetings in the series coming into this year, played the series without Tennessee signee Briana Bass, who was out with a knee injury.

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