- Saturday, November 28 1998 -
Puerto Rico Shootout (at Bayamone, Puerto Rico)
Kentucky - 66 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 4th by AP]
UCLA - 62 (Head Coach: Steve Lavin) - [Ranked 10th by AP]
Halftime Score: UCLA 32, Kentucky 27
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Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 20. (All Rights Reserved)
Beating the Bruins, Part II:
Kentucky picked up where it left off in last season's NCAA Tournament, as the #4 ranked Wildcats defeated the #12 ranked UCLA Bruins 66-62 for 3rd place in the Puerto Rico Shootout. Despite the 2 schools combining for 18 national championships throughout history, Kentucky being defending NCAA champion, and both teams being ranked in the Top 12, the game was not televised.
As in the game against Pitt, Kentucky surged out to a 5-0 lead on the Bruins, who promptly roared back to 6-5. FTs by Watson made it 8-5, and after Hogan hit a 3, Moiso stuck in a 12 footer to make it 12-8 UCLA. Kentucky went up 14-12 after a Smith 3, and the Cats saw Hogan throw a terrific pass to Bradley for a layup to make it 19-14, but Rush made a couple of layups, and soon it was 22-22 [JNB note - Ralph Hacker of the UK Radio Network at 1st reported that LSU and UK were tied]. UCLA went up 24-22 on a Moiso dunk, then Evans tied it at 27-27 on a 3. But the Bruins scored the last 5 pts of the half on a Moiso FT, a Barnes layup, and a Rush dunk, to make it 32-27 at halftime. The Cats had scored only a single basket in the final 9.5 minutes of the half.
Kentucky cut the Bruin lead to 32-30, then 34-33, then 36-35, before Turner gave the Cats their initial 2nd half lead with a layup to make it 37-36 UK. Prince next had his shot blocked by a player who was 8 inches shorter, but after a Moiso miss, Turner got a dunk for a 39-36 margin. UK's lead bounced from 5 to 2 pts over the next few minutes [JNB note - with Hacker pronouncing Gadzuric's name "Gar-dooz-ik" several times, along with many other variations, none of them close to the real thing]. The Bruins tied the score at 43-43 (and UCLA briefly led 45-43 with 10.5 minutes remaining), but Prince hit a 3, and Turner made some FTs, and soon it was 51-45 Cats. UK had a 13-0 run during which time they managed a 56-45 margin. But UCLA scored on FTs and 3s, and cut it to 56-49. Smith and Rush traded FTs, and with only about 4 minutes remaining, Rush nailed a 3 to close to within 58-53. Moiso added a layup to make it 58-55 as time expired. But Padgett hit a couple of FTs, and Evans put back a Padgett miss to make it 61-55, and both teams basically traded baskets until the final margin of 66-62 was established.
Hogan's 6 pts tied his career high in scoring.