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.