Blackmon Jr. scores 41 as Indiana All-Stars beat Kentucky

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Marion guard and Indiana basketball signee James Blackmon Jr. scored 41 points as Indiana beat Kentucky, 104-94, in the first of two annual all-star games between the two states on Friday night.

Blackmon Jr. scored 23 of his 41 points in the first half as Indiana built a 54-50 lead over Kentucky at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

The 41-point effort by Blackmon Jr. tied Oscar Robertson (1956) for the third highest ever in the series. Only George McGinnis (53, Indiana, 1969) and Jim McDaniels (42, Kentucky, 1967) have scored more.

It was the 12th straight win in the series for Indiana.

The future Indiana guard was 13-of-26 from the field, 4-of-9 on 3-pointers and 11-of-13 from the free throw line in 39 minutes. He also had four rebounds, three steals, two turnovers and an assist.

Joining Blackmon Jr. in double figures were Trevon Bluiett with 18 points, Bryant McIntosh with 13 and Zach McRoberts with 11.

Louisville signee Quentin Snider had 37 points on 12-of-21 shooting to lead the Kentucky All-Stars.

Blackmon Jr., who is ninth on the state’s all-time scoring list with 2,387 points, had a total of 50 points in a pair of exhibition wins for the Indiana All-Stars over the junior all-stars.

Indiana will host the second game of the annual all-star series on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Complete stats are available below, via indallstars on Twitter:

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  • IUMIKE1

    It that is true, and God I so hope it is, he just removed any lingering twitches that his earlier decommit had left. Let’s hope he has that type of mindset when the B1G part of the schedule rolls around.

  • IUMIKE1

    Just something cleansing about saying that isn’t there. lol Living in southern Indiana, any IU fan can’t help but carry around a large dose of pUKe hatred 24 / 7. A group of me and my fellow IU fans have two parties at the beginning of each bball season, one to celebrate the start of IU bball and then one shortly after that to reaffirm our hatred of pUKe, aptly dubbed our annual, ” I hate uk party “. The second one never fails to show just how creative an IU bball fan can be when it comes to ways to show them the hate. lol

  • IUMIKE1

    Using an acronym just doesn’t get it on this one……LAUGH OUT (freakin’) LOUD !!!

    ” Trey caught that from his Daddy being so dirty “, signed Dan Dakich.

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