Thursday, February 20, 2003
Kentucky 66, Arkansas 50
The Associated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Kentucky hasn't won 15 straight by relying on just its starting five. Reserves Cliff Hawkins and Jules Camara helped spark No. 2 Kentucky to a 66-50 over Arkansas on Wednesday night as the Wildcats extended the nation's longest current winning streak.
"Depth is always important," coach Tubby Smith said. "In team sports you need to have two guys at every position without a major drop-off. That's why we work hard all year on developing each player so when they come in we expect the same kind of intensity."
Hawkins scored eight points, six during a key stretch in the first half when Arkansas was still in the game. Camara picked up the slack when Marquis Estill left the game with his third foul just 35 seconds into the second half.
"Jules' play was superb," Smith said. "He's active in passing. Jules gives us that post defense and that shot-blocking presence. I thought when he was in the game we made a surge."
Camara blocked two shots and had two assists to go with four points and three rebounds during his 22 minutes for Kentucky (21-3, 11-0 Southeastern Conference).
Hawkins had three steals, including one against point guard Eric Ferguson immediately after entering the game in the second half.
"Cliff is an excellent defender and he has some nice skills offensively," Smith said. "He sets the tone defensively when you can put that kind of pressure on the ball. He makes our defense that much more effective."
Arkansas (7-15, 2-9) cut the lead to 36-31 on a layup by Ferguson with 17:03 left, but the Razorbacks didn't score again until a layup by Larry Satchell with 9:38 remaining. In that span, Kentucky scored 12 points.
Arkansas made four of 11 3-pointers in the first half, but shot just 1-of-9 in the second half.
"They have balance and depth," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "Those things are necessary to win on the road, especially their defense."
Gerald Fitch led Kentucky with 17 points, while Erik Daniels added 10 points.
Smith won for the first time in six tries at Bud Walton Arena and it was the first win for any Kentucky team at Arkansas since an 83-73 victory on Jan. 26, 1997.
Kentucky didn't score in the second half until two free throws by Chuck Hayes with 16:29 left gave the Wildcats a 38-31 lead. Hayes scored eight of his nine points in the 12-2 run that started the second half.
After scoring just one point and grabbing one rebound in the first half, Hayes earned two trips to the free-throw line by grabbing offensive rebounds during the second-half run.
"They were boxing out pretty well and I wasn't getting into position," Hayes said. "In the second half, I just kept moving and made myself available."
Ferguson had 13 points and Jonathan Modica added 10 for Arkansas, which shot 36 percent from the field (20-of-55).
Kentucky, the SEC's top shooting team at 48.6 percent, finished at 45 percent (22-of-49). The Wildcats were just 3-of-14 from 3-point range, but they won the rebound battle 35-32 and had only 12 turnovers.
Team rebounds - 5.
Team rebounds - 2.
3-pointers - UK 3-14 (Hayes 0-1, Fitch 2-5, Bogans 1-6, Camara 0-1, Stockton 0-1), A 5-20 (Mukubu 0-3, Modica 1-4, Ferguson 2-6, Jones 0-2, Davis 1-3, Eddins 1-2). Technicals - None. Officials - N/A. Attendance - 18,813.
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