Blackmon Jr. named co-MVP as Indiana All-Stars complete sweep of Kentucky

  • 06/14/2014 10:09 pm in

Indiana signee James Blackmon Jr. scored 23 points as the Indiana All-Stars completed a sweep of Kentucky with a 111-99 win on Saturday night in front of 6,520 fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Blackmon Jr., who was named a co-MVP of the game with Trevon Bluiett (Xavier) finished the two-game series with 64 points, tying him for the third highest all-time mark in the event.

George McGinnis (76, 1969) and Oscar Robertson (75, 1956) are the only players in series history with a higher two-game total than Blackmon Jr. and Quentin Snider, who scored 64 points this year for Kentucky.

The future Indiana guard was 9-of-19 from the field, 5-of-8 on 3-pointers and also had eight assists, four rebounds and three turnovers. In the all-star two games, Blackmon Jr. was 22-of-45 from the field and 9-of-17 from behind the 3-point line.

The win was the 13th straight in the series for Indiana.

Indiana Mr. Basketball Trey Lyles did not play in either all-star game due to a reported illness and was not in attendance on Saturday night.

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.

He is expected to arrive in Bloomington on Tuesday to join fellow freshmen Jeremiah April and Tim Priller, who are already on campus. Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson are also expected to arrive this week.

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