Ucla prevailed in a game of wild momentum swings by showing the needed poise in the final minutes, something that had been missing in a recent loss to Michigan when the Bruins relinquished a 15-point lead.
UCLA forward Kris Wilkes and guard Aaron Holiday scored 20 points apiece to lead five Bruins in double figures.
Holiday made a driving layup to extend the lead to 79-73 before Bruins forward GG Goloman stole a Kentucky pass.
UCLA (9-3) scored the first 11 points of the second half, completing a 21-2 run that gave the Bruins a 50-39 lead after Prince Ali buried a three-pointer.
It was UCLA's final game before opening Pac-12 Conference play on Thursday against Washington State at Pauley Pavilion.
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