LOUISVILLE -- If Friday's Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game was a prize fight, the Kentucky team definitely wouldn't be bringing home the big bucks as Team Indiana hit early and often in their 97-64 victory.
Former University Heights Academy Blazer KyKy Tandy had a simple answer for their play after the game.
"They wanted it more," he said.
Indiana opened the game by winning the tip then a huge slam gave them a quick 2-0 lead. After an answer by future Louisville Cardinal David Johnson, the men from the Hoosier state imposed their will on the boys from the bluegrass.
"I feel like we weren't prepared like them," Tandy said. "We just came in here like we had the game. It was my fault because I didn't lead them. They came with the first punch and they wanted it more."
Indiana scored early and often as it led 48-26 at the break.
Tandy wasn't the only player from Hopkinsville on the team as former Tiger Jamarion Sharp finished with seven points and two rebounds in front of his two former coaches in Larry Miller and Tim Haworth.
Sharp said this week has been something to remember, but he would have liked a better performance Friday night.
"My week's been great," he said. "We came together as a team, but tonight we didn't play as a team. We played individually. That's what really hurt us."
Sharp said most of them played together last season in the junior all-star game, and he thought that chemistry would transfer over but admitted it didn't.
"It gave me a taste of what the coaching staff is like and what I expect to be as a senior," he said of his experience a year ago.
Tandy wasn't the only high-level Division I player on the roster as Johnson, Jackson Harlan (WKU), Isaiah Cozart (WKU) and future teammate Dieonte Miles.
Sharp was also in an elite group of junior college athletes that included Trevon Smith (Tallahassee CC) and Blake Butler (State Fair CC).
Sharp said it was a fun experience, but it came with some difficulties as well.
"It's really fun, but at the same time, it's really challenging," he said. "You've got to go up against people that you don't really know anything about."
Tandy has been off and on with all-star games since the season was over, and when asked about how he bounces back, Tandy said he knows he's got to do more for the game he loves.
"I've been doing this my whole life," he said. "I should be used to it."
The future Xavier Musketeer said he was mad at himself because of his performance, and they'll have to get back in the gym and figure it out before today's game.
He said there's one way they can turn things around and possibly grab a win on Indiana's home floor.
"Just play with heart," he said. "Don't take advantage of this basketball game that we truly love. We've got to come out and play hard every day and just live with the results."
Tandy finished with eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Waggener's JJ Kalokon led the Kentucky team with nine points.
Brandon Newman led all scorers with 18 points while Indiana Mr. Basketball winner Trayce Jackson-Davis, an Indiana signee, finished with 16 points.
Indiana 97, Kentucky 64
Ind. 48 49 -- 97
Ky. 26 38 -- 64
Indiana: Trayce Jackson-Davis (16 points), Brandon Newman (18 points), Isaiah Thompson (17 points), Luke Bumbalough (2 points), Ethan Brittain-Watts (4 points), Jalon Windham (7 points), Armaan Franklin (6 points), Cobie Barnes (7 points), Alex Hemenway (7 points), Jake LaRavia (6 points), John-Michael Malloy (4 points), Dawand Jones (3 points)
Kentucky: KyKy Tandy (8 points), Max Reyes (6 points), Reid Jolly (6 points), Blake Butler (5 points), Jackson Harlin (2 points), JJ Kalakon (9 points), Isaiah Cozart (8 points), David Johnson (7 points), Dieonte Miles (3 points), Jordan Graham (3 points), Jamarion Sharp (7 points)