Offensive Explosion in Kentucky Derby Festival Classic, White Win [Sports]


Rozier's team trailed by 19, 59-40, before going on an 18-0 run that was keyed off by four dunks from St.Johns signee Jakarr Samspon. This made the game 65-65 at halftime.

Rozier said he "didn't expect to take the big shots". But he did excatly that throughout the game.

He was planted back into game at the 3:13 mark. Right away, he had impact, when he grabbed a lose rebound & dished to Sampson who gave the white team their first lead in over 30 minutes, 128-127. Following this, Rozier dished to N.C State signee T.J Warren who gave them a three-point lead. The white team never looked back, finishing the game with a few rare defensive stands.

I felt personally that T.J Warren was shafted from MVP Honors. He finished with 27 points, and hit a few big shots down the stretch. Warren said that "Louisville is lucky to have Rozier" and after last night-theres no doubt about that.

All three IU signees were teammates of Rozier on the white team. Jeremy Hollowell finished with 11 points, while Robert Patterson had eight and Hanner Perea seven. Local stand-out and Trinity’s Nathan Dieudonne, going to Boston University, had eight points and four rebounds for the winners.

The one lone hopeful for Kentucky, Amiele Jefferson, was on the black team. He preformed very well and led scoring for the black team with 25 points. Following the game, I asked Jefferson about his decision. He said that he really liked NC State & Kentucky, along with the others in his top 5. It's "going to be a decision I make with my family".

After last night performance, Jefferson will certainly receive more pressure from Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari to join the 2013 class.

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Here are the full rosters for each team:



Photos Courtesy of: Chris Hatfield and Courier-Journal

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About Chris Hatfield
I'm just a college kid from a small town in Kentucky, called Bardstown. I've watched Louisville Sports since I've said my 1st word and can probably tell you anything you want to know about them. Parents split and my Dad moved to Louisville when I was 10, instantly I was capitivated. Alas, the rest is history and here I am. In 20 years of living, I've been called alot of things, feel free to call me a writer- I'd like that.
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