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Langford, IU recruits head for Bloomington after Ind. All-Star win

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana All-Stars did not want to get swept by their rivals to the south. Romeo Langford made sure of it. 

Langford scored 22 points and the Indiana All-Stars earned an easy 109-81 victory over Kentucky Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In addition to leading all scorers, Langford added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.

The Kentucky All-Stars beat Indiana 100-89 in the first game of the series but had no answer in the second. 

The Indiana and Kentucky girls’ teams also split their series this year. Indiana won 83-70 in the second game of the series Saturday. Six girls scored 10 or more points in the win. Kentucky earned a victory on the first night, 92-87. Miss Basketball Amy Dilk scored 25 points in the loss. 

Langford was aggressive from the opening tip Saturday in the boys’ game and scored nine of Indiana’s first 15 points. Six Indiana All-Stars scored in double figures as Miami (Ohio) signee Mekhi Lairy and Michigan State signee Aaron Henry added 15 points apiece.

The Indiana All-Stars shot 46.7 percent from the field and held the Kentucky All-Stars to just 33.3 percent shooting. Turnovers were a factor in the game as Indiana turned 21 Kentucky turnovers into 32 points.

Langford, who was named Mr. Basketball, also led the team in scoring Friday in Kentucky with 17 points.

Indiana has now won 18 of its last 20 games against Kentucky in the annual two-game series played each June. Saturday’s announced attendance of 8,266 was the highest for the game in 10 years.

Forward Damezi Anderson, who was held to four points Friday, added 10 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes at Bankers Life. Point guard Robert Phinisee, another IU signee in addition to Anderson and Langford, totaled three points, four rebounds and three assists. 

Each of Indiana’s five signees of 2018 are expected to report to campus today, IU head coach Archie Miller said earlier this year.