The UCLA Bruins defeated the No. 1 ranked team in college basketball, the Kentucky Wildcats, 87-77 in a showdown tonight before 12,202 fans at Pauley Pavilion. The nationally televised game was Kentucky’s first appearance ever at Pauley.
Thomas Welsh led five UCLA players in double figures with a game-high 21 points. Also scoring in double figures were Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton with 15 each, Tony Parker with 11, and Aaron Holiday with 10. Isaiah Briscoe led Kentucky with a career-high 20 points.
The game pitted the two most storied programs in NCAA men’s basketball history – the 11-time NCAA champion Bruins and the eight-time NCAA champion Wildcats. The gold-clad Bruin fans hardly rolled out the red carpet, providing a raucous home crowd advantage for the Bruins, who took the lead at 4-2 and never looked back.
The closest Kentucky got was 22-21 with 7:59 to play in the first half, but the Bruins went on a 12-2 run to extend the lead to 34-23 with 3:25 remaining and went into the locker room at halftime up 37-29.
UCLA kept the pressure going in the second half and held a double-digit lead from the 17 minute mark until the one minute mark.
The Bruins came into Thursday’s game with 4-3 record. Kentucky was 7-0 and the top ranked team in every major poll. It was UCLA's first basketball victory over a number one team since a win over Arizona at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Mar. 13, 2003.
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