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Updated: Thursday, December 30, 2004 12:26 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(10) Kentucky 82, Campbell 50

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- No. 10 Kentucky went inside often to rudely turn away road-weary Campbell.

Randolph Morris scored 12 of his season-high 25 points in the first half and Kelenna Azubuike added 14 as Kentucky completed its final tune-up before Southeastern Conference play with an 82-50 victory over Campbell.

The Wildcats, who secured coach Tubby Smith's 200th win at the school behind a balanced offensive attack, will open their SEC schedule hosting South Carolina next Wednesday.

"You've been in the business 29, 30, 31 years as a coach - you compete," Smith said. "It's all about preparation. It's all about your passion for the game and love of the game every time you go out for practice. That's what I enjoy. Games are the byproduct of all of the things you do in practice. When they don't materialize, it's frustrating, whether it's your 200th win or your first."

The Camels (2-7), who were playing in their seventh straight road game, struggled mightily in the first half, shooting just 17 percent (5-of-30) from the field.

"Unfortunately, there are two halves in college basketball, and we do have to acknowledge the first half," Campbell coach Robbie Laing said. "They simply did not let us see the basket. It was probably in the single digits, minute-wise, before we got a clean look."

On the other hand, Kentucky (9-1) went into the paint to take advantage of its height advantage. Morris, a 6-10 freshman center, scored on his first five attempts, including three straight dunks for a 17-4 advantage with 14:20 remaining.

Azubuike and Patrick Sparks both scored eight points in the opening 20 minutes as Kentucky took a 45-11 halftime lead, topping Campbell in the paint by a 28-8 margin.

The 11 points marked the lowest first-half output by a Wildcat opponent since December 20, 1983, when Kentucky led Cincinnati, 11-7, at the intermission in the pre-shot clock era.

Overall, the Wildcats had five players score at least eight points, including nine and 11 rebounds from senior forward Chuck Hayes. Kentucky finished with a 46-39 advantage on the boards, including 14 offensive rebounds.

"Chuck did his usual yeoman's job of working the boards and Randolph had a great game," Smith said. "I thought he played extremely well. He had a size advantage and we took advantage of it inside."

Anthony Atkinson scored 14 points and Comerlee Poole added nine for Campbell, which finished 29 percent (18-of-63) from the floor and committed 19 turnovers.

"We were overmatched in the interior," Laing said. "When we did make them miss, we allowed put-backs. That's not a good combination."


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