By PAT EATON-ROBB
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Kentucky starts three freshman and two
sophomores, but relied on its lone senior Sunday to win the Hall of
Fame Tip-Off tournament.
Darius Miller came off the bench to score 13 points and hand out
five assists as the No. 2 Wildcats outlasted Old Dominion 62-52
"We got out of here alive somehow, and the reason we got out of
alive is because Darius played," Calipari said. "If he didn't
play, we'd probably get beat by 10 or 12."
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also scored 13 points and fellow freshman
Anthony Davis added 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocked
shots for Kentucky, which beat Penn State 85-47 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (4-0) used a 12-1 run late to extend a 50-49 lead,
holding Old Dominion without a field goal for the last seven
minutes of the game.
Chris Cooper had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Old Dominion
(3-2). Trian Iliadis added 11 points and Kent Bazemore had 10 for
the Monarchs, who were coming off a 68-66 overtime win against
"I thought we belonged in this game," said ODU coach Blaine
Taylor. "We thought we could play against this opponent and I
think our kids did. I'm not really into moral victories, but I do
think our kids gave a good account of ourselves and Old Dominion."
ODU took an early 18-11 lead behind the shooting and rebounding
of Cooper, who had six points and four rebounds during that
stretch, while Bazemore added seven points.
The deficit matched Kentucky's largest of the season. They also
trailed Kansas by seven points in the first half on Tuesday.
After a timeout, Kentucky went on a 7-0 run to tie it. But Old
Dominion would not go away. A steal and layup by Iliadis put ODU
back up by five.
Miller, Kentucky's only senior, brought the Wildcats back,
scoring seven points on a 9-0 run to close the half. Miller had
nine points, topping his season high in the first 20 minutes, and
Kentucky led 32-27 at halftime.
Calipari said Miller was only Wildcat who had success
penetrating the ODU zone defense.
"I just try to take what they give me," Miller said. "So I
was just driving the gaps."
The Wildcats extended that to 40-31 after Doron Lamb was fouled
after hitting a 3-point shot, and made the free throw.
Old Dominion went without a field goal for five minutes before
Cooper powered into the lane with 10:23 left. But a basket by
Wright brought the Monarchs back to within five at 46-41.
Trian Iliadis hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close the gap to
50-49 with seven minutes remaining, while the Wildcats missed free
throws on three consecutive 3-point play opportunities to help ODU
But Kidd-Gilchrist's layup began the run that put the game away
and his dunk on an assist by Miller made it 60-49.
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was at the game to watch his
Wildcats and freshman point guard Marquis Teague, who had another
tough game. He had six turnovers to go with his six points and just
two assists. For the season, Teague has 18 turnovers and just 11
"We're a good team," Calipari said "But we have a long way to
go. And we want to be special, guys have got to start making
Lamb, who had 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Saturday's 85-47
win over Penn State, had eight points on Sunday.
Bazmore, who broke a bone in his left foot over the summer and
had surgery in August, made his first start of the season for ODU.
He had been coming off the bench as he allows the bone to heal.
Nick Wright, who served a three-game suspension to start the
season, had nine points and six rebounds for the Monarchs.
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