John Calipari’s Cats win in OT

LEXINGTON — During a pregame radio interview Monday, John Calipari said he had more starters than available spots in the lineup. His Kentucky club, Calipari said, has “seven starters” on its roster.

True to his word, after UK had a sluggish start, trailing Saint Joseph’s 9-5 at the 16:26 mark, Calipari motioned for freshman guards Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard to hop off the bench and enter the game.

All seven “starters” went on to do their part Monday.

Kentucky's Tre Mitchell, Reed Sheppard and Justin Edwards celebrated at the end of overtime Monday night.

But they had to file for overtime.

With the game knotted at 77-all at the end of regulation, the No. 16 Wildcats outlasted the feisty Hawks, 96-88, in overtime at Rupp Arena.

Despite leading by as many as nine in the second half, and up seven with 5:32 to play, Calipari was relieved Kentucky (4-1) escaped unscathed.

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