MILAN, Ind.-Indiana's newest crop of recruits were treated to a warm reception by approximately 300 fans in the first of five exhibition games around the state, but the welcome wasn't quite as friendly from Monday night's opponent, the Milan All-Stars.
Milan's squad, which was comprised primarily of a group of former smaller-division college players, opened up a 20-point second half lead before eventually handing the Indiana All-Stars a 120-111 loss at the Milan Gymnasium.
The Indiana All-Star team was led by Deonta Vaughn, who scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half and added 10 assists. Vaughn was joined on the team by incoming IU players Ben Allen, Joey Shaw and Earl Calloway, while Mike Davis, Jr., rounded out the team's five members.
The quintet was supposed to be joined by high school standouts O.J. Mayo, Bill Walker and Keenan Ellis, but tournament organizer Kyle Simpson said that a death in Mayo's family prevented the trio from appearing in the first All-Star contest.
Calloway, who finished with 26 points on 12-of-23 shooting, said that the loss didn't sit well with the Indiana All-Stars.
"We can't do that – we have to get in the habit of winning now, so that when it comes time to practice and for games, the game is winning," said Calloway. "No more losses."
Allen, who arrived in the U.S. two days ago after recently concluding a successful stint with the Australian National Team at the World Championships, finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while Shaw totaled 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Mike Davis, Jr., meanwhile, added 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting.
The team returns to action Tuesday night when it plays at Ben Davis H.S.
MILAN SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS:
Ben Allen – 12 points (5-12 from the field, 2-4 on 3s), 11 rebounds, three blocks, two assists
Joey Shaw – 23 points (9-15 from the field, 4-8 on 3s, 1-4 on FTs), 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Earl Calloway – 26 points (12-23 from the field, 1-5 on 3s, 1-2 on FTs), 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Deonta Vaughn – 27 points (10-23 from the field, 6-17 on 3s, 1-2 on FTs), 10 assists, 4 rebounds
Mike Davis, Jr. – 23 points (8-17 from the field, 4-11 on 3s, 3-3 on FTs), 6 rebounds
Note:Indiana.scout.com will have additional coverage of the Milan game, including news and features on IU's incoming players, throughout the week.
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