UK's 'D' paves the way
Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 12:41 a.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jules Camara hit a jumper and Gerald Fitch made a pair of free throws in the final 53 seconds as No. 18 Kentucky held off Tennessee 74-71 Wednesday night.
The Volunteers (7-3, 0-1 SEC) trailed by five with 6:27 to go, but rallied to take a 71-70 lead with 1:21 left on C.J. Watson's breakaway layup. He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.
The Wildcats (10-3, 1-0), who lost by a basket in overtime at Tennessee last year, weren't about to repeat history.
Camara stepped back and made his jumper as Kentucky regained the lead. The Wildcats' defense then kept Tennessee from getting another good look at the basket.
Vols coach Buzz Peterson called two timeouts in 20 seconds to set up a potential tying 3-pointer, but Thaydeus Holden missed and a foul on Brandon Crump gave the ball back to Kentucky.
Ron Slay intentionally fouled Gerald Fitch, who made both foul shots with 16.5 seconds remaining to seal it.
Keith Bogans, who didn't start, finished with 20 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky. Fitch added 17 and was 8-of-8 from the foul line while Camara scored 12 points.
Slay reached his SEC-leading scoring average with 22 points, and Watson finished with 15. Jon Higgins, who fouled out with 7:38 to go, added 17 on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
Kentucky had 13 turnovers and never really had control of the game but dominated on the boards 35-27.
In the closely called game, Tennessee got into foul trouble early. Three players had four fouls and another had three.
The Vols led by four at halftime and continued to lead midway through the second half.
After Slay made two free throws with 12:44 left, Bogans and Fitch made a pair each to give the Wildcats a 50-49 lead with 12:21 remaining. Slay rescued Tennessee with key baskets in the final 4:23.
Kentucky, which trailed by eight in the opening minutes, led temporarily before Tennessee closed the first half with a 31-29 lead.
KENTUCKY 74 TENNESSEE 71
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