Calipari praises Orton, Stevenson

Calipari praises Orton, Stevenson

Daniel Orton and Perry Stevenson did not have a field goal in a combined 26 minutes of play against North Carolina Saturday.

Daniel Orton and Perry Stevenson did not have a field goal in a combined 26 minutes of play against North Carolina Saturday.

Yet their play was what Kentucky coach John Calipari highlighted for his players to watch Monday.

"They won the game for us," said the UK coach. "Their effort and energy was unbelievable. Neither one scored, but they ran the court, blocked shots. They did everything to make us win. They were our highlight tape."

Orton was 0-for-2 from the field in 18 minutes, but had four rebounds and two blocked shots. Stevenson did not take a shot in his eight minutes and had one rebound and one blocked shot. "Now Perry has got to be consistent. He's got to bring it every day. He was terrific (in the win over North Carolina)," Calipari said.

The coach also liked how Stevenson teamed with junior Patrick Patterson, a combination that started together last year.

"I can play him and Patrick together and it is not hard because they know each other," Calipari said.

Orton hopes he can do more starting with Wednesday night's game in New York against Connecticut.

"I am playing okay. I thought I would be doing better, but I am not complaining because we are winning and that's all that matters," he said.

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