Jan. 3, 2004
UCLA STARTING LINEUP
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LOOKING AHEAD - The Bruins will travel to the Washington schools next week, playing Washington State in Spokane on Thursday (Jan. 8, 7 p.m.) and Washington in Seattle on Saturday (Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.).
SUNDAY - Welcome to today's Pac-10 encounter in Pauley Pavilion, as Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins host Ernie Kent's Oregon Ducks.
AT UCLA 77, OREGON STATE 66 - On Friday before 8,792 in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins overcame a 10-point halftime deficit (34-24) and rallied for 53 second-half points (UCLA's season-high one-half point production) to defeat OSU in both teams' Pac-10 season-opener. It was UCLA's fourth consecutive (2001-04) Pac-10 Conference opening win.
With 14:20 left to play, Janou Rubin's three-pointer gave UCLA it's first second half lead, 44-42 (in the first 14 minutes of the second half, the Bruins outscored OSU 20-8). With 8:25 remaining, the Beavers pulled to within one point (56-55), on a three-point basket by Chris Stephens. In the next seven minutes, behind Rubin (seven points), Ryan Hollins (five points) and Trevor Ariza (four points), the Bruins increased their lead to 11 points (72-61, 1:58 left to play). Until game's end, UCLA would lead by 14 points (twice), before the game's final 11-point (77-66) UCLA victory.
The Bruins were led by four players in double figures - Ariza, 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; Rubin's career-high 13 points (all in the second half, including a career-best 3-3 from three-point range) and career-high tying three assists; Hollins, a season-best 11 points (nine in the second half) and Michael Fey, 11 points (nine in the first half).
UCLA shot 54.0 (second-highest FG percentage this season/34-63) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and a season-low 27.3 (3-11) from the foul line, with a game-high 40 rebounds, a season-high 24 assists and 13 turnovers.
OSU shot 43.1 (25-58) from the field, 38.5 (5-13) from three-point range and 73.3 (11-15) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds and game-low 11 turnovers. The Beavers were led by Stephens' 16 points as OSU dropped to 6-5 overall an 0-1 in league play.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and his 10th year as a collegiate head coach. This is his first meeting 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 71-23 but the Ducks have won the last five games in a row (longest Duck winning streak in the history of the series) and UCLA has not beaten Oregon since sweeping the series in 2001. Last season, UCLA dropped three consecutive games to Oregon - losing 96-91OT in Pauley, dropping a 79-48 decision at Eugene and losing to the Ducks, 75-74, in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament (in that game, UCLA led by 12 points with 3:43 left to play/Oregon went on to win the Pac-10 Tournament).
THE DUCKS - Preseason selected to finish No. 4 in the Pac-10 (the Bruins were selected No. 6), Oregon is 6-2 overall and the Ducks have won their last two games, winning at USC on Friday 92-74 (behind five players in double figures, led by Ian Crosswhite's 22 points and James Davis' 21 points) and at Portland (88-70). Oregon's losses have been to Kansas and Alabama. UO Coach Ernie Kent is in his seventh year at Oregon, has led the Ducks to two consecutive NCAA appearances and the 2003 Pac-10 Postseason and 2002 Pac-10 regular season championships.
UCLA PAC-10 OPENERS - Last season, the Bruins won their Pac-10 opening series, winning at the Washington schools. Since the 2000 Pac-10 campaign, UCLA is 4-1, winning their last four conference openers (2004, 77-66 vs. Oregon State in Pauley; 2003, 77-67 at Washington; 2002, 85-79 at Washington; 2001, 86-64 vs. Washington in Pauley) and losing in 2000 (63-62 at Washington). In the 1990s, the Bruins were 7-3 in Pac-10 openers.
PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - Pauley is in its 39th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 533-76 (609 games, 87.5). The Bruins are 5-1 this season in Pauley, losing to UC Santa Barbara 61-60 on Dec. 17.
Brian Morrison - in the second half vs. Michigan State (12/20), Morrison suffered a left hamstring strain and is out approximately 2-3 weeks. He is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.8), No. 3 in minutes (31.7) and top three-point shooter (45.9, 17-37). In UCLA's 84-70 win over UC Riverside on Dec. 3 in Pauley Pavilion, Morrison scored a career-high 28 points.
F - 4 Trevor Ariza, 6-7, 194, Fr., Los Angeles, CA (Westchester HS) - UCLA's No. 2 scorer (13.2) and No. 1 rebounder (7.8), he's led the Bruins in rebounding the last three games. Ariza has had two outstanding games in a row -Oregon State - 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). Ariza did not play vs. Vermont, UC Riverside or Kentucky (spontaneous pneumothorax/the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs/Nov. 28).
F - 43 T. J. CUMMINGS, 6-9, 215, Sr., Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) - The Bruins' No. 5 scorer (10.3, UCLA has five players averaging in double figures) and is averaging 4.3 rebounds and shooting 54.5 (No. 2 on the team) from the field and 71.4 (5-7) 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 points/Michigan State, 13 points).
C- 45 Michael Fey, 7-0, 257, So., Olympia, WA (Capital HS) - Averaging 9.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, he scored 11 points with four rebounds in 25 minutes vs. Oregon State. In the season opener vs. Vermont, Fey had career-highs of 20 points and eight rebounds.
G-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 198, Jr., Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union) - A co-captain, UCLA's No. 1 scorer (14.4) and No. 3 rebounder (5.1, the Bruins have five players averaging at least 5.1 rebounds), he's shooting 77.8 (21-27) from the foul line. 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) and it was his 11th straight double scoring game (7 this season, four in 2002-03). Vs. Oregon State, Thompson had six points, two rebounds and a career-high tying six assists.
G - 21 Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 199, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS) - Late in the first half vs. Oregon State, Bozeman, a co-captain, suffered an abdominal strain, came back to play 13 minutes in the second half and finished with three points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal and no turnovers (he is expected to play vs. Oregon). 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). He's UCLA's No. 4 scorer (10.4) and No. 3 rebounder (5.1) and leads the Bruins in assists (5.5).
OFF THE BENCH - In the win over Oregon State, the Bruins got clutch efforts from junior guard Janou Rubin, sophomore center/forward Ryan Hollins and junior guard Ryan Walcott. Rubin, in a career-high tying 18 minutes, scored a career-high 13 points (all in the second half, including a career-best 3-3 from three-point range), with a career-high tying three assists; Hollins added a season-best 11 points (including nine in the second half), with four rebounds and Walcott played a season-best 15 minutes with a season-high four assists.