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November 14, 2012

Curry scores 23, Duke holds off Kentucky 75-68

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ATLANTA —

In the final minute, Curry added two more free throws to help finish off the Wildcats.

Plumlee fouled out near the end, but not before scoring 18 points in 29 minutes. Ryan Kelly and Sulaimon had 10 points apiece. Both Curry and Sulaimon hit three shots beyond the arc, as the Blue Devils finished 8 of 18 from 3-point range.

Kentucky still must address the same point guard questions it had before the opener. Sophomore transfer Ryan Harrow has been suffering from flu-like symptom and didn't even make the trip to Atlanta, ruining a chance to impress the home folks. He played his high school ball in suburban Marietta.

Mays, a graduate student, started in place of Harrow but had only seven points and three assists.

Calipari said he shouldn't have played Harrow against Maryland. As it was, the guard was only able to go 10 minutes. Now, while the team awaits the results of blood tests, the coach vowed not to play him again until he's fully recovered.

"He said he could go, but he wasn't ready," Calipari said. "We need to get him healthy."

Duke led 33-31 at halftime, but began to pull away early in the second half. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Sulaimon and Quinn Cook snapped a 37-all tie, and two more treys by Sulaimon gave Duke its biggest lead.

But Kentucky began to clamp down defensively, and the Blue Devils went cold.

Until experience took over.

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