Kentucky falls to UCLA behind Bruins' hot shooting

12/03/2016 03:48 PM

Kentucky isn’t invincible.

That’s what we found out today as the Wildcats fell to UCLA for the second straight season to suffer their first loss of the year. The eleventh-ranked Bruins shot 53% from the floor and had six players score in double figures, led by Isaac Hamilton’s 19. Freshman Lonzo Ball finished the game with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

This was only John Calipari’s fifth loss at Rupp Arena in his eight seasons. The loss ended a 42-game home winning streak for Kentucky. Their last loss came in February of 2014, when the Wildcats lost to Arkansas in overtime.

It was back and forth in the first half, with Kentucky taking an early 23-14 lead. The Bruins would cut the lead and end up going into the half up 49-45.

Kentucky couldn’t find a rhythm in the second half and UCLA was able to extend their lead to 13 points with 17 minutes left to go in the game. This was the first time Kentucky faced a deficit of this kind.

Malik Monk did his best to bring Kentucky back late in the second half, but it was too late. The Cats and Bruins traded baskets down the stretch and a Derek Willis three pointer cut the lead to three points with eight seconds left in the game. Bryce Alford went down and hit two free throws to seal the deal, as the Bruins beat the Wildcats 97-92. Monk led the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points.

The Wildcats shot 41% from the floor and only 33% from the three-point line.

Kentucky will look to regroup, as they welcome Valparaiso to Rupp Arena next Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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