Bruins Host No. 1 Stanford Saturday

Feb. 20, 2004

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Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins, 11-11 overall and 7-7 (6th-place) in the Pac-10, continue conference play, hosting Mike Montgomery's No. 1 Stanford Cardinal 22-0 overall and 13-0 (first-place) in the league. With its win at USC on Thursday, Stanford clinched a share of the 2004 Pac-10 regular season title.


UCLA (11-11, 7-7, 6th-place) vs. No. 1 STANFORD (22-0, 13-0, 1st-place)
Sat., Feb. 21/1 p.m.
PT/TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA 690/1150


Following the Stanford contest, the Bruins stay in Los Angeles for one road Pac-10 encounter and their final 2003-04 regular season home game in Pauley Pavilion, which is a nonconference affair. On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Bruins will travel across town to face archrival USC in the Sports Arena (7:30 p.m./TV-FSN/Radio- XTRA 690/1150 with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean) and on Saturday, Feb. 28 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA will renew its historic rivalry with Big East foe Notre Dame (1 p.m./TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA 690/1150 with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).

UCLA'S LAST GAME - Feb. 19 - at UCLA 66, California 49 - Before 9,166 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA jumped out to a 30-14 halftime lead (held Cal to 25.0% from the field) and rolled to a 66-49 conference victory. Cal's 14 halftime points was an opponent season-low. The Bruins have beaten Cal four consecutive seasons in Pauley Pavilion.

In the second half, the Bruins had leads of 20 or more points on 13 occasions, including a high of 25 points (61-36, 5:02 remaining, on two free throws by Dijon Thompson) and the final 20-point margin was 21 (66-45, with 1:21 left to play).

The Bruins were led by senior T. J. Cummings' game-high 19 points and 10 (1-9) rebounds (his fourth season double/double, the Bruins are 4-0 in those games). He was 8-9 from the field (7-7 at halftime), 1-1 from three-point range and 2-2 from the foul line, with one assist and one steal and no turnovers in 32 minutes. Also scoring in double figures was junior Dijon Thompson, with 14 points. The Bruins used 13 players, with sophomores Quinn Hawking and Gene Barnes, along with redshirt freshman Ike Williams, all playing in their first season game.

UCLA shot 50.0 (24-48) from the field, 46.2 (6-13) from three-point range and 70.6 (12-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 31 rebounds and a game-low 11 turnovers.

Cal shot 39.6 (19-48) from the field, 14.3 (second-lowest opponent percentage this season, 2-14) from three-point range an 60.0 (9-15) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds and game-high 14 turnovers. The Golden Bears were led by Amit Tamir's 13 points as Cal dropped to 11-11 overall and 7-6 in Pac-10 play.

UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and his 10th year as a collegiate head coach. Howland is 0-1 vs. Stanford. In his last two seasons at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.

2003-04 - UCLA (11-11, 22 games/50.0)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals - 10th Season (179-110, 289 games/61.9)

UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory over No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked team in as many years. On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time (20-0), was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.

UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions, ranking first on the all-time list along with North Carolina. Behind the Bruins and the Tar Heels (as of Jan. 17) - Maryland (9), Duke (8), Oklahoma/Georgia Tech (7) and Kentucky,/Notre Dame/Ohio State (6).

In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-11 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's overtime win over Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region "Sweet 16".

UCLA Wins Over No. 1
Mar. 13, 2003 - UCLA 96, No. 1 Arizona 89 (OT) (Pac-10 Quarterfinals)
Jan. 12, 2002 - at UCLA 87, No. 1 Kansas 77
Feb. 3, 2001- UCLA 79, at No. 1 Stanford 73
March 4, 2000-UCLA 94, at No. 1 Stanford 93 (OT)
Dec. 1, 1986-at UCLA 89, No. 1 North Carolina 84
March 9, 1980-UCLA 77, No. 1 DePaul 71 (NCAA Second Round)
Feb. 11, 1979-UCLA 56, at No. 1 Notre Dame 52
Jan. 26, 1974-at UCLA 94, No. 1 Notre Dame 75
March 22, 1968 UCLA 101, No. 1 Houston 69 (NCAA Semi-final)
March 20, 1965-UCLA 91, No. 1 Mich. 80(NCAA Final)

UCLA vs. STANFORD - The Bruins lead the series 124-85. Stanford has won the last six games in Pauley Pavilion (longest opponent winning streak in Pauley history). UCLA's last home win over Stanford was during the 1997 Pac-10 season, 87-68. Overall, Stanford has won the last three games vs. UCLA (the Bruins' last win was 95-92 at Stanford in 2002).

Earlier this season, Stanford defeated UCLA 67-52.

THE CARDINAL - One of only two unbeaten teams in the U. S (St. Joseph's is the other), Stanford on Thursday night in its win over USC was led by Josh Childress' 36 points and 11 rebounds.

Montgomery is in his 18th year at Stanford, is 18-18 vs. UCLA, and has led the Cardinal to nine consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including the 1998 Final Four, 2001 Elite Eight and 1997 Sweet 16. He will be honored at the April Wooden Award Dinner with the Legends of Coaching Award.

TRENDS - UCLA is holding opponents to shoot just 42.7 from the field. Only four opponents (Arizona .544, at Arizona .535, UCSB .522, USC .509) have shot better than .500 and eight have been held below (or equal to) .400 (4-3, losing to Kentucky, Washington State,h, Arizona State,a). In 14 Pac-10 games, the Bruins are shooting 47.2 from the field and holding opponents to 43.8. UCLA has outrebounded eight of its last 17 opponents (but has been outrebounded in six of its last 10 games, with two ties, for a 2-8 record), with three ties, for an 8-9 record. UCLA's 53 second-half point total against Oregon State is its highest output of the year for any half (17 points vs. Kentucky in the first half is the lowest). UCLA opponent halftime low is 14 vs. Cal,h.

Brian Morrison - Was named a starter before the Washington State game in Pauley Pavilion, but on Wednesday (Feb. 4) in practice, he sprained his right ankle and did not play vs. the Washington schools in Pauley. Morrison returned to action last week at the Arizona schools, but his right ankle continues to bother him (he still wears a walking boot) and he did not play vs. Cal. Morrison is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (8.5). It's his second injury this season -in UCLA's 64-58 win over Michigan State in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 20, Morrison suffered a left hamstring strain and missed nine games.

In UCLA's stats for it's first nine victories (in those nine wins, Morrison played in four games, including three starts), he was the team's No. 1 scorer (14.0), averaging 31.5 minutes, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while shooting 50.0 (19-38) from the field, 50.0 (13-26) from three-point range and 1.000 (5-5) from the foul line.

In UCLA's 84-70 win over UC Riverside in Pauley, Morrison scored a career-high 28 points.

JOSIAH JOHSON - Sprained his left knee on Monday in practice and will not play this week vs. the Bay Area schools in Pauley. He's appeared in 20 games (one start) and is averaging 8.8 minutes, 1.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.


F - 4 Trevor Ariza, 6-7, 194, Fr., Los Angeles, CA (Westchester HS) - UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.4) and No. 2 rebounder (6.5, No. 11 in Pac-10), he's the team leader in steals (31, 1.6, No. 7 in Pac-10). Was mentioned the week of the Arizona home games by Dick Vitale as a Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandy (one of the Top 12 freshman in the U. S.) In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Has scored in double figures on 10 occasions and has led the Bruin in scoring twice (season-high 24 vs. Oregon State, 19 at St. John's) and in rebounding seven times, including two of the last three games. Vs. Cal, Ariza played 24 minutes, with two points, three rebounds and two steals. Some of his top games this year include - at Arizona, where he was two assists shy of a triple double (14/10/8, second double-double of the season); Oregon State, h (a season and game-high 24 points (11-13, 2-4, 0-2/20 points in the second half/most points by a Bruin freshman starter since Jason Kapono scored 27 points, twice in 2000) and a game-high nine rebounds) and at Michigan (first career double-double (15 points/game and season-high 14 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Bruin freshman starter since 1998-99, JaRon Rush had 15 rebounds vs. Washington (2/27/99) and Dan Gadzuric had 14 rebounds vs. Arizona State (1/4/99). In a three-game Pac-10 stretch (UCLA wins at the Washington schools and vs. Arizona State in Pauley), Ariza averaged 18.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Ariza did not play vs. Vermont, UC Riverside or Kentucky (spontaneous pneumothorax/the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs/diagnosed on Nov. 28).

F - 43 T. J. CUMMINGS, 6-9, 215, Sr., Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) - The Bruins' No. 2 scorer (13.1, No. 15 in Pac-10) and No. 1 rebounder (6.6, No. 9 in Pac-10), he is shooting 57.3 from the field (No. 5 in Pac-10) and a team-best 84.6 (33-39) from the foul line. In 14 Pac-10 starts, Cummings is averaging 13.6 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds. He's led the Bruins in scoring and rebounding on eight occasions, including a three-game stretch in both categories (wins at the Washington schools and home victory vs. ASU). In 32 minutes vs. Cal, Cummings led the Bruins with a game-high 19 points (missed only one shot from the field/8-9, 1-1,2-2), 10 rebounds (1-9), with one assist and steal and no turnovers. He has scored in double figures 15 times, including the last five contests. The Bruins are 4-0 when he has a double/double this season (19-10, Cal, h; 18-11, UW, h; 21-12, ASU, h; 22-11, UW, a). In UCLA's home win vs. Arizona State, Cummings recorded his second consecutive double-double with a game-high 21 points (7-15, 0-2, 7-7) and a season-high 12 rebounds, plus two assists in 36 minutes. In UCLA's wins over ASU and at Washington (season-high 22 points/11 rebounds), Cummings averaged 37.5 minutes, 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and only 2.0 turnovers, while shooting 55.6 (15-27) from the field, 40.0 (2-5) from three-point range and 91.7 (11-12) from the foul line. Missed UCLA's first four regular season games (was academically ineligible) and then led the Bruins in scoring in his first two games back (UC Santa Barbara 14 /Michigan State 13).

C- 15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, So., Pasadena, CA (Muir HS) - In 22 games (11 starts, has started the last seven games at center, his first three starts early in the season were at forward), he's averaging 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds (No. 3 on team), leads the team with 21 blocks (No. 8 in Pac-10) and is shooting 54.7 from the field. In 29 minutes vs. Cal, Hollins had nine points, two rebounds and a career-high two steals. In UCLA's loss to USC in Pauley, Hollins recorded a career high 21 points (7-8, 7-9) and eight rebounds in a career-best 35 minutes. Also scored 11 points in UCLA's win over Oregon State, 10 points with eight rebounds vs. Kentucky and a season-high nine rebounds in UCLA's win vs. LMU. Last season, Hollins started the Bruins' final 14 games at center and earned Honorable Mention All Pac-10 Freshman honors. Last summer, Hollins was a member of the USA Junior World team.

G-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 198, Jr., Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union) - A co-captain, UCLA's No. 1 scorer (14.4, No. 10 in the Pac-10) and No. 4 rebounder (4.3), he's shooting 80.3 (53-66) from the foul line and is second on the team in minutes (33.3), with 2.45 assists. He's led UCLA in scoring in two of the last three games, including a three-game stretch (at California 17, at Stanford 15, Arizona 19). He's scored in double figures in 20 of 22 games, including the last five. He's led UCLA in scoring nine times and in rebounding on two occasions. In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 14.4 points (No. 1), 3.9 rebounds, with 2.4 assists. In 29 minutes vs. Cal, Thompson scored 14 points, with five rebounds and one assist and steal. Led the Bruins in scoring at the Arizona schools (18 at SU/20 at UA) and averaged 19 points vs. the Arizona schools in Pauley. Hit the winning free throws in UCLA victories at the Washington schools and made two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to help secure UCLA's victory over Arizona State. In UCLA's loss at Michigan, Thompson had a season and game-high 21 points (including a career-best five three-pointers/he made four in the final 4:28).

G - 21 Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 199, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS) - A co-captain, he's UCLA's No. 5 scorer (7.9) and No. 5 rebounder (3.9) and leads the Bruins in assists (124, 5.6, Pac-10 leader/No. 7 in assist-TO ratio, 1.75) and in minutes (34.4). In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists. Vs. Cal, Bozeman played 29 minutes with six points, three rebounds and three assists. In UCLA's loss at Arizona, he scored 13 points, with three rebounds, five assists and one steal. In 38 minutes vs. USC,h, Bozeman passed for 10 assists (two turnovers) for the second straight game. Vs. LMU, Bozeman's three-point shot with with two seconds left in overtime gave UCLA the 69-66 victory (in that game, he had his first ever double/double-16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds). Scored a career-high tying 17 points vs. UC Riverside and dished out nine assists vs. Vermont.

- Against Cal, senior Jon Cripsin played a season-high 17 minutes, scored a season-high six points (2-5, 2-4, 0-0), a season-high two rebounds and had one assist and only one turnover (after the game, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced that Crispin would be a senior starter in UCLA's final two home games vs. Stanford and Notre Dame).
-Janou Rubin (10 minutes, three points, one assist, one steal).
-Michael Fey (16 minutes, five points, two rebounds, one block).
-Ryan Walcott (10 minutes, two points, one rebound, one assist and steal).
-John Hoffart (third game of season), Quinn Hawking (first game), Gene Barnes (first game) and Ike Williams (first game), all played one minute.

2003-04 SPECIAL TEAM STATS (22 Games)

HALFTIME - UCLA is 2-8 when it trails at halftime, 9-3 when it leads at halftime and 0-0 when the score is tied at halftime.

REBOUNDING - UCLA is 10-1 when it outrebounds its opponent (Cal, h, Washington,h, ASU,h, WSU,a, Oregon,h, Oregon State,h, Michigan State, Loyola, Vermont, UC Riverside/lost at Michigan), 0-8 when it is outrebounded (Arizona, a, Arizona State, a, at St. John's, USC,h, Stanford,a, Arizona,h, UCSB, Kentucky) and 1-2 when the rebounding is even (defeating Washington, a and losing Washington State, h and California, a).

FG % - UCLA is 10-3 when it outshoots its opponent and 1-7 when its is outshot and 0-1 when the teams are even.

3 PT FG% - UCLA is 6-2 (lost ASU, a, Stanford, a) when it outshoots its opponent and 5-9 when it is outshot.

FT% - UCLA is 1-4 when it outshoots its opponent (beat Cal, h), 10-6 when it is outshot and 0-1 (lost to WSU, h) when the percentage is even.

TOs- UCLA is 1-0 (Cal, h) when it has fewer turnovers than its opponent, 7-9 when it has more and 3-2 when it is even.

5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 9-1 (lost at ASU) when it leads with five minutes remaining in regulation and 2-10 when it trails at the five-minute mark.

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