Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Top-Ranked Kentucky Falls at UCLA

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Top-Ranked Kentucky Falls at UCLA

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LOS ANGELES * Thomas Welsh led five players in double figures with 21 points and UCLA knocked off No. 1 Kentucky 87-77 on Thursday night in the Bruins' first victory over a top-ranked team since 2003.

Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton added 15 points each, Tony Parker had 11 and Aaron Holiday 10 for the Bruins (5-3), who led almost the entire game and shot 53 percent from the field. They last beat a No. 1 team on March 13, 2003, defeating Arizona 96-89 in overtime.

Some fans dashed onto the court to celebrate at the buzzer, but the majority were held back by security.

Isaiah Briscoe led Kentucky (7-1) with 20 points. Jamal Murray added 17 and Derek Willis added 11.

The Wildcats had five players in foul trouble, including Alex Poythress, who fouled out with four points with under 10 minutes left. They lost a regular-season game for the first time since March 8, 2014, at Florida.

Kentucky shot its worst of the season at 38 percent.

The result was a dramatic turnaround from last December, when the Wildcats dealt the Bruins a 39-point drubbing in Chicago. Kentucky opened that game with a 24-0 run and led 41-7 at halftime.

This time, the Bruins dominated from the start, going on a 9-0 run after Kentucky scored the game's first basket. They ran off 10 straight points later in the half, when the Bruins shot 50 percent and led by 11.

The Wildcats couldn't get their offense in gear, appearing to try to do too much in a desperate bid to reduce their double-digit deficit. They got within single digits just once early in the second half.

AREA GAMES

Milwaukee 64, SIUE 51 * Matt Tiby led a balanced attack with 12 points and host Milwaukee pulled away in the second half to defeat Southern Illinois Edwardsville.

Jordan Johnson had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Cody Wichmann had 10 points for the Panthers (6-3).

Carlos Anderson led the Cougars (1-6) with 10 points. …

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