UK @ UCLA | Kentucky suffers first loss, falls 87-77 at UCLA

12/04/2015 12:10 AM

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Ulis returned to the lineup, but his career-high nine assists were not enough to keep No. 1 Kentucky perfect as the Wildcats (7-1) lost their first game of the season, 87-77, at UCLA (5-3) on Thursday night at Pauley Pavillon.

The sophomore point guard returned the court for the first time since hyperextending his elbow against South Florida on Nov. 27, finishing the game with nine points and nine assists while only shooting 2/12 from the field.

It was Kentucky’s first ever game at Pauley Pavilion and its first regular season defeat since March 8, 2014, vs. Florida — a span of 636 days.

The Wildcats struggled from the field throughout the night, shooting a season-low 38% (25-66) and 32% from three (8-25) while allowing the Bruins to shoot 53% overall (28-53). UK’s eight three-point field goals set a new season high.

Freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe had his best game of season for Kentucky, scoring a team-high and career-high 20 points. Fellow freshman Jamal Murray added another 17, including five three-pointers.

The injury bug also bit Kentucky again when junior forward Marcus Lee exited the game early in the first half with an undisclosed head injury. The 6-foot-11 California native did not return to the bench for the rest of the game, and UK officials have not clarified for how long Lee could be out of the lineup.

The Cats will look to get back on track on Wednesday, December 9, at home against in-state foe Eastern Kentucky.

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