Kentucky scores first 24 points, beats UCLA 83-44

Devin Booker - photo by Walter Cornett |
– photo by Walter Cornett |

Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 scored the game’s first 24 points in an 83-44 victory over on Saturday.

added 15 points, and the Wildcats (12-0) handed the Bruins (8-4) one of their most-lopsided losses ever.

The first meeting between the storied programs in eight years turned ugly as soon as the game started, with Kentucky dominating UCLA in every possible way.

The 24-0 run at the start of the game was eight shy of the record between two Division I teams, set by against New Hampshire on Dec. 12, 1990. And the 41-point margin was seven shy of the Bruins’ record.

Wildcats led 41-7 at the intermission, the lowest points total in a half for UCLA and the fewest by a Kentucky opponent since December 1943.

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