LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Isaac Hamilton scored 19 points, T.J. Leaf had 17 with 13 rebounds and No. 11 UCLA shot 53 percent to beat No. 1 Kentucky 97-92 on Saturday, its second upset of the top-ranked Wildcats in as many years.
The Bruins (9-0) matched their season scoring average to win this showdown of college basketball's winningest schools in their first-ever visit to Rupp Arena, and end the Wildcats' 42-game home winning streak. Kentucky (7-1) cut a 14-point second-half deficit to 95-92 on Derek Willis' 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds remaining but Bryce Alford's two free throws with 7.4 left sealed the victory.
Besides hitting 35 of 66 from the field, UCLA outrebounded Kentucky 41-38 and limited the Wildcats to 41 percent shooting. It was the most points scored against a Kentucky team coached by John Calipari.
THE BIG PICTURE
UCLA: The nation's third-highest-scoring team (97.0 points per game) was right on pace with a 49-45 halftime lead built with 58 percent shooting, including 6 of 12 from long range. Holiday was the hottest to start, making all four baskets with two 3-pointers. Ball (nation-leading 9.6 assists per game coming in) followed up a three-point first half with 11 after the break and finished with seven assists.
Kentucky: The Wildcats overcame a 3-of-9 start to reach 50 percent from the field in the first half before a 1-of-8 spell to close the opening 20 minutes. They never got it going in the second half despite making 5 of 13 from long range.
The Bruins' second straight win over Kentucky figures to move them into the Top 10. Kentucky should tumble a few spots, though not many.
UCLA: Hosts Michigan on Dec. 10 in the first meeting between the schools since 2011. The Bruins lead the series 11-5 but have lost the last two in the series.
Kentucky: Hosts Valparaiso on Wednesday night.
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