Bruins Close Out Regular Season Against Oregon

March 5, 2004

UCLA's Between Game Notes
UCLA (11-15, 7-10, 6th-place tie in Pac-10) at OREGON (13-11, 8-9, 5th-place
in Pac-10)
Sat., March 6/1 p.m. PT/McArthur Court/TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA 690/1150

LOOKING AHEAD - The 2004 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament will be held March 11-13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If UCLA beats Oregon on Saturday, the Bruins will advance. UCLA will not go to the Pac-10 Tournament if on Saturday - the Bruins lose at Oregon, USC loses at Oregon State and California loses at Washington State (there would then be a four-way tie at 7-11 and the Bruins would lose out in the head-to-head tiebreaker-Oregon State 4-2, USC 3-3, Washington State 3-3 and UCLA 2-4).

SATURDAY - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins, 11-15 overall and 7-10 (6th-place tie) in the Pac-10, play its final regular season Pac-10 conference game at Ernie Kent's Oregon Ducks, 13-11 overall and 8-9 (5th-place) in the league. It's also Oregon's last regular season home contest for its four seniors - Luke Jackson, James Davis, Andre Joseph and Jay Anderson. The Bruins come into the game with a four-game losing streak, last winning on Feb. 19 in Pauley Pavilion, beating California (66-49). UCLA's last road Pac-10 victory was on Jan. 10 at Washington (86-84OT).

UCLA'S LAST GAME - March 4 - at Oregon State 65, UCLA 56 - Before 6,384 at Gill Coliseum, Chris Stephens' three-pointer with 2:08 left to play keyed Oregon State's 65-56 win over UCLA. The Beaver victory snapped a Bruin four-game winning streak in Corvallis.

Oregon State led 28-24 at halftime. UCLA tied the game at 30 (16:57 left to play) on a basket by T. J. Cummings. OSU's biggest second-half lead was nine points (46-37, 10:29 remaining) on a layup by Angelo Tsagarakis. With 2:27 left, the Bruins closed the gap to one point (54-53) on a layup by Trevor Ariza. But with 2:08 remaining, Stephen's three-pointer gave OSU a 57-53 lead. In the next two minutes, the Beavers outscored UCLA 8-3, including hitting 8-11 free throws.

The Bruins were led by Dijon Thompson's season and game-high 25 points (including a career-high 7-9 from three-point range/the seven three-pointers tied a Gill Coliseum single-game record) and Cummings added 12 points and a team-high tying six rebounds.

UCLA shot 45.5 (20-44) from the field, 46.7 (7-15) from three-point range and 64.3 (9-14) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds and a game-high 18 turnovers.

OSU shot 40.4 (21-52) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and 81.0 (17-21) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The Beavers were led by Stephens' 18 points and improved to 12-15 overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10.

UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and his 10th year as a collegiate head coach. Howland is 1-0 vs. Oregon. 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.

UCLA vs. OREGON - UCLA leads it 72-23 and defeated Oregon earlier this year in Pauley Pavilion 81-74 (Jan. 4). The win snapped a five-game losing streak to the Ducks. The Bruins have lost the last two games at Mac Court, last winning in 2001, 88-73.

THE DUCKS - On Thursday in Eugene, Oregon defeated USC 75-70, behind Luke Jackson's team-high 20 points and 13 rebounds. The victory snapped Oregon's four-game losing streak. At home this season, Oregon is 8-3, losing to No. 1 Stanford, No. 22 Arizona and Arizona State.

TRENDS - UCLA is holding opponents to shoot just 43.1 from the field. Only five opponents (Stanford 56.1, Arizona .544, at Arizona .535, UCSB .522, USC .509) have shot better than .500 and eight have been held below (or equal to) .400 (5-3, losing to Kentucky, Washington State,h, Arizona State,a). In 17 Pac-10 games, the Bruins are shooting 46.7 from the field and holding opponents to 44.0. 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 (Feb. 5), but on Feb. 4 in practice, he sprained his right ankle and did not play vs. the Washington schools in Pauley. Morrison returned to action at the Arizona schools, but his right ankle continued to bother him and he did not play vs. Cal/Stanford in Pauley, at USC and Notre Dame in Pauley. He did return to action on Thursday at Oregon State, playing seven minutes with two rebounds. Morrison is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (7.7). It's (right ankle) 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 84-70 win over UC Riverside in Pauley, Morrison scored a career-high 28 points.

Josiah Johnson - Sprained his left knee on Feb. 16 and has missed the last five games. 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 (11.6) and No. 1 rebounder (6.5, tied with T. J. Cummings), he's the team leader in steals (37, 1.6). Was mentioned the week of the Arizona games in Pauley (Jan. 15/17) by Dick Vitale as a Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandy (one of the Top 12 freshmen in the U. S.) In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 11.5 points (No. 3) and 6.1 rebounds (No. 3). Has scored in double figures on 12 occasions and has led the Bruins in scoring three times (season-high 24 vs. Oregon State, 19 at St. John's, season-high tying 24 points at USC) and in rebounding nine times (the last two games/at OSU 6, Notre Dame 10), including a season-high 14 at Michigan. At Oregon State, Ariza played 34 minutes, with seven points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Some of his other top games this year include - vs. Notre Dame, third double/double (10/10) of the season; at USC, Ariza led the Bruins with a team and season-high tying 24 points (8-15, 4 (season-high tying)-6, 4-7), with eight rebounds, two assists and steals in 36 minutes; 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) - One of only 44 Bruins in history to score over 1000 points in a career (1038, No. 42). The Bruins' No. 2 scorer (12.9) and No. 1 rebounder (6.5, tied with Trevor Ariza), he is shooting 55.2 from the field and a team-best 85.7 (42-49) from the foul line. In 17 Pac-10 starts, Cummings is averaging 13.4 points (No. 2) and a team-high 7.1 rebounds. He's led the Bruins in scoring eight times and in rebounding on 11 occasions, including four of the last five games. In a a three-game stretch earlier this season, he led the Bruins in both categories (wins at the Washington schools and home victory vs. ASU). At OSU, Cummings played 33 minutes, with 12 points, including 6-6 from the foul line, a team-high tying six rebounds and one assist. He has scored in double figures 19 times, including the last nine 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). He will be playing his final regular season game today in Pauley Pavilion.

C- 15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, So., Pasadena, CA (Muir HS) - In 26 games (15 starts, has started the last 11 games at center, his first three starts early in the season were at forward), he's averaging 6.4 points (No. 6) and 4.4 rebounds (No. 3), leads the team with 24 blocks and is shooting 53.7 from the field. In 27 minutes at OSU, Hollins scored eight points, with five rebounds and one assist. In UCLA's loss to USC in Pauley, Hollins recorded a career high 21 points (7-8, 7-9) and eight rebounds in 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 (14.5) and No. 4 rebounder (4.3), he's shooting 77.6 (59-76) from the foul line and is second on the team in minutes (33.4) and assists (2.4). On the Bruin career chart, he's No. 11(88) in three-pointers (No. 10 Ed O'Bannon 91, 1992-95) and No. 10 (244) in three-point attempts (No. 9 Tyus Edney 253, 1992-95). He's led UCLA in scoring in five of the last nine games. He's scored in double figures in 23 of 26 games and had a string of six consecutive double scoring games snapped at USC (nine points). He's led UCLA in scoring 11 times and in rebounding on three occasions. He's scored 20 or more points three times this season (season-high 25 at OSU, 20 at Arizona, 21 at Michigan). In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 14.9 points (No. 1), 4.0 rebounds (No. 4), with 2.5 assists. In 35 minutes at OSU, Thompson led the Bruins with a game and season-high 25 points, including a career-best 7-9 from three-point range (tying a Gill Coliseum single-game record for three-pointers), four rebounds, two assists, season-high tying three steals and just one turnover. Led the Bruins in scoring at the Arizona schools (18 at ASU/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 then 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 (7.5) and No. 5 rebounder (3.7) and leads the Bruins in assists (5.4, Pac-10 leader) and in minutes (33.7). In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists. In 25 minutes at OSU (he picked up his fourth foul with 10:43 remaining), Bozeman had two points, one rebound, four assists and one steal. 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.

OFF THE BENCH - At OSU, the Bruins used five players off the bench (including Brian Morrison, the others were):
-Ryan Walcott (15 minutes, two points, two assists, one steal).
-Janou Rubin (13 minutes, one assist, career-high two blocked shots)
-Michael Fey (11 minutes).
-Ike Williams (1 minute)


HALFTIME - UCLA is 2-12 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 (California,h, Washington,h, ASU,h, WSU,a, Oregon,h, Oregon State,h, Michigan State, Loyola, Vermont, UC Riverside/lost at Michigan), 0-11 when it is outrebounded (at OSU, at USC, Stanford,h, at Arizona, at ASU, at St. John's, USC,h, at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky) and 1-3 when the rebounding is even (defeating Washington,a and losing to Notre Dame, Washington State, h and at California).

FG % - UCLA is 10-5 when it outshoots its opponent , 1-9 when its is outshot and 0-1 when the teams are even. 3 PT FG% - UCLA is 6-4 (lost at osu, at USC, at ASU, at Stanford) when it outshoots its opponent and 5-11 when it is outshot.

FT% - UCLA is 1-5 when it outshoots its opponent, 10-9 when it is outshot and 0-1 when the percentage is even.

TOs- UCLA is 1-1 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponent, 7-11 when it has more and 3-3 when it is even.

5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 9-1 (lost at ASU) when it leads with five minutes remaining in regulation and 2-14 when it trails at the five-minute mark.

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