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College basketball: No. 5 Kentucky struggles to beat Utah Valley

College basketball: No. 5 Kentucky struggles to beat Utah Valley

Hamidou Diallo scored 15 second-half points, most of them during an 18-0 run, and No. 5 Kentucky shot 59% after halftime to rally past Utah Valley 73-63 on Friday night in the opener for both schools at Lexington, Ky.

One of Kentucky coach John Calipari's youngest rosters since arriving in Lexington showed its inexperience by struggling on both ends and trailing 34-25 at halftime. The Wildcats emerged from the break more energetic to make the pivotal run over 3:22 with eight consecutive baskets, including back-to-back transition dunks by Diallo.

It won’t get any easier for Utah Valley, which will face No. 1 Duke on Saturday.

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