UCLA vs. Kentucky: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 3, 2016

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox goes up for a dunk during the second half of an NCAA college basketball exhibition game against Asbury, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky’s John Calipari landed five of the nation’s top 24 prospects according to composite rankings of recruiting websites compiled by 247Sports. The new Wildcats include guards De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)
James Crisp

No. 11 UCLA 97, No. 1 Kentucky 92

The No. 11 UCLA Bruins delivered a major statement to the nation, as they handed the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats their first home loss since February 27, 2014 on Saturday. 

The 97 points scored by UCLA was the highest total given up by a John Calipari-coached team at Kentucky.

The Bruins looked down for the count in the opening 10 minutes, as Kentucky freshman De'Aaron Fox took control of the game. However, the Wildcats were never able to put the Bruins away for good. 

A deep three-pointer from Lonzo Ball right before the halftime buzzer handed the Bruins a ton of momentum heading into the second half. The shot from downtown was the first basket made by the star freshman. 

UCLA took control of the contest at the start of the second half behind a tremendous effort from Ball and TJ Leaf, who contributed 17 points and 13 rebounds. 

The Bruins appeared to have the game locked up, but Kentucky made a late surge in the final minute. A 9-1 run brought the Wildcats within three points. UCLA needed three free throws from Bryce Alford to seal the victory. 

Six different UCLA players found their way into double digits, led by Isaac Hamilton's 19. 

Malik Monk led Kentucky with 24 points, while Fox added 20 in defeat. 

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