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Bruins win first trip to Rupp

UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball quiets the crowd after hitting a 3-pointer en route to a 14-point performance against Kentucky.
UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball quiets the crowd after hitting a 3-pointer en route to a 14-point performance against Kentucky.
Published Dec. 4, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Only briefly did UCLA appear vulnerable against top-ranked Kentucky in the charged environment that has made the Wildcats one of the hardest teams to beat at home.

Each time, the 11th-ranked Bruins coolly responded with a timely basket or rebound, a consistent combination that grabbed momentum and eventually the game from the Wildcats.

Isaac Hamilton scored 19, T.J. Leaf had 17 with 13 rebounds and UCLA shot 53 percent to beat Kentucky 97-92 Saturday, its second upset of the top-ranked Wildcats in as many years.

The Bruins did it in their first visit to Rupp Arena, where the Wildcats (7-1) had won 42 straight.

"I don't think there was anything about them today that was a feeling-out process," UCLA coach Steve Alford said. "We talk about, 'Don't go in and jab around the ring to see if you belong. You're 8-0. You're playing well. Trust that you belong.' "

The Bruins (9-0) had the most points ever against a Kentucky team coached by John Calipari. "I wish we would have come back and won," Calipari said. "But sometimes you need to get hit on the chin, especially at home."

NO. 2 'NOVA 88, ST. JOSEPH'S 57: Josh Hart had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple double for the host Wildcats (8-0).

NO. 4 KANSAS 89, STANFORD 74: Frank Mason scored 20, Devonte Graham had an early 3-point barrage and the host Jayhawks (7-1) pulled away late.

NO. 5 DUKE 94, MAINE 55: Luke Kennard scored a career-best 35 and freshman Jayson Tatum finished with 10 points in his debut for the host Blue Devils (8-1), who play No. 25 Florida on Tuesday.

NO. 25 W. VA. 66, NO. 6 UVA 57: Esa Ahmad hit a tiebreaking 3 with 1:28 left as the Mountaineers (6-1) snapped a 24-game home win streak by the Cavaliers (7-1).

NO. 9 BAYLOR 76, NO. 7 XAVIER 61: Manu Lecomte scored 24 for the host Bears (8-0), who took over in the second half and rolled past the Musketeers (7-1).

NO. 8 GONZAGA 69, NO. 16 ARIZONA 62: Przemek Karnowski scored 18 for the Bulldogs (8-0), who beat the Wildcats (6-2) for the first time since 2011 in the inaugural Hoophall LA doubleheader in Los Angeles.

NO. 10 CREIGHTON 82, AKRON 70: Marcus Foster scored 17 of his season-high 27 in the first half to lead the host Bluejays (8-0).

MIAMI 74, WOFFORD 57: Kamari Murphy had a career-high 14 points and added 10 rebounds to help the Hurricanes (6-2) overcome 16 turnovers in the Hoop­Hall Miami Invitational.

UCF 65, UMASS 62: Nick Banyard made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left for the visiting Knights (6-1).

WOMEN: Morgan William scored 24 and No. 6 Mississippi State (8-0) overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat host Iowa State 85-81 in overtime. … Ronni Williams scored 18 as No. 19 Florida (6-1) blew it open in the second quarter of an 83-53 rout of Long Beach State at the Arizona State Classic in Tempe.

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