Collin Hartman made his final home game at Cathedral High School one to remember.
With his future coach watching, the 6-6 Indiana recruit scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter on Saturday as Cathedral pulled away for a 70-59 win over La Lumiere, which came in with a No. 6 national ranking by USA Today.
Hartman also scored his 1,000th career point on Saturday, getting it on a dunk in the first quarter. Indiana coach Tom Crean and assistant Steve McClain arrived in the second half, after IU's home win Saturday over Purdue.
"We've been through a lot of adversity this year, but I only think that it's brought us closer," said Hartman, who missed several games early in the season recovering from a concussion and a broken left wrist. "Some of the adversity has forced us to play for each other and not for individual goals. We don't want to let each other down and I think that can take us a long way."
The adversity continues for Cathedral (18-5), even in the midst of a 12-game winning streak. The Irish played this weekend without senior point guard Mo Evans in wins over Ben Davis and La Lumiere.
Cathedral coach Andy Fagan said Evans, an IPFW recruit, is out due to a "discipline" issue and said he doesn't when, or if, he'll be back with the team.
"We don't know yet," Fagan said. "I honestly don't. We've had other guys out this year as well and we've kind of developed that 'next man up' philosophy. We've been starting (junior Justin Baker) for a while now so that transition will be a little easier."
Baker scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half and sophomore Jaen Coleman had 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
La Lumiere coach Alan Huss, who was serenaded by the Cathedral student section much of the game with various chants, was clearly unhappy with the officiating after the game.
"Our two leading scorers both mysteriously got four fouls," said Huss, whose team dropped to 23-3. "I need to watch the tape before I comment any further. I felt like it wasn't a very good whistle, one guy in particular."
Detrick Mostella, a 6-3 guard and Oklahoma State recruit, was held without a point in the second half and finished with 11. Junior Sam Logwood, formerly of Lawrence North, led La Lumiere with 12 points.
La Lumiere, a prep school from LaPorte, Ind., sees several of the top programs nationally, including IMG Academy (Fla.), Oak Hill Academy (Va.) and Findlay Prep (Nev.) Huss said Cathedral stacks up with them.
"It'd be really hard for Oak Hill or Findlay Prep to beat them in their building," Huss said. "They shoot it so well. They are a top-15 team in the country."
Hartman the national rankings are irrelevant, other than giving fans a point of reference.
"We know that we can play with anybody in the country," he said. "We don't have any doubt about that."