Feb. 28, 2003
UCLA at Oregon - Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins, 4-11 in Pac-10 play (eighth-place tie with Washington) and 7-17 overall (the Bruins have won two of their last three conference games and three of their last six overall), play at Oregon (19-7, Pac-10 9-6, fourth-place) on Saturday (March 1) at McArthur Court in Eugene. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (TV-CBS; Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
Series History - The Bruins lead it 71-21, but Oregon has won the last three games, including a 96-91 (OT) victory over the Bruins on Jan. 30 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's last win in Eugene was during the 2001 Pac-10 season, 88-73.
Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as the Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 142-76 (218 games, 65.1) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (268-108, 376 games, 71.3). The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six seasons. Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15th winningest active coach (minimum five years as a Div. I head coach/based on percentage-entering 2002-03, Lavin's record was 135-59, 69.6). Lavin is 7-6 vs. Oregon, 2-4 in Eugene.
UCLA's Last Game - On Feb. 27 before 6,521 in Corvallis, OR, UCLA seniors Jason Kapono and Ray Young led the Bruins to a 69-66 victory over Oregon State in a key conference matchup for both squads. The game was tied 30-all at halftime.
Kapono's jumper with three minutes left to play gave UCLA a 60-57 lead and 40 seconds later his shot off the glass gave the Bruins a 62-57 advantage. With 45.5 seconds left to play, Young's offensive rebound and put-back helped seal the Bruin victory.
Kapono led UCLA with 20 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds (his second season double/double) and Young, in his third straight game starting at point guard for the Bruins, added 19 points, with a career-high tying nine rebounds in a season-high tying 37 minutes.
The Bruins shot 51.7 (30-58) from the field, 46.2 (6-13) from three-point range and a season-low 42.9 (3-7) from the foul line, with a game-high 37 rebounds and 18 turnovers.
OSU shot 36.4 (24-66) from the field, 31.8 (7-22) from three-point range and 61.1 (11-18) from the foul line, with 36 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The Beavers were led by Philip Ricci's 15 points.
Bruin Team Stats - UCLA is 6-5 this season when leading at halftime (in the last seven games, the Bruins have led at halftime on five occasions, 2-3 when leading in those games) and are 1-2 this season when tied at half (win at Oregon State); the Bruins have outrebounded 10 of 24 opponents (6-4); UCLA is 7-6 when outshooting opponents from the field; the Bruins are 5-5 when they outshoot opponents from three-point range; the Bruins are 3-7 when outshooting their opponents from the free throw line; UCLA is 7-11 when committing more turnovers/ 0-6 when committing less; UCLA is 6-1 when leading at the five-minute mark; UCLA has utilized 10 different starting lineups in 24 games.
Looking Ahead - Following the Oregon game, the Bruins will return to Pauley Pavilion for their final regular season home games of the 2002-03 season - hosting Washington State on Thursday, March 6 (7:30 p.m./no television) and Washington on Saturday, March 8 (7:30 p.m./FSNW2).
Jason Kapono - UCLA's school record holder in three-pointers (306, No. 2 in Pac-10 history), Kapono is now the No. 4 (2,017) all-time scorer in Bruin history (No. 3 Reggie Miller, 2,095, 1984-87). Against Oregon State, Kapono led the Bruins with 20 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds (his eighth career double/double), with five assists. He has started all 24 games (the only player to start every game) and is UCLA's leader in minutes (32.8). Kapono has scored in double figures 22 times, including his 44-point game at Washington State, and leads the Bruins in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (5.5). He has led the Bruins in scoring a team-high 13 times, including the last two games and three of the last four, and in rebounding on eight occasions.
Andre Patterson - The sophomore forward vs. Oregon State played 29 minutes, with six points, three rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot and steal. On the year, Patterson is averaging 7.6 points (No. 5 on the team) and 5.3 rebounds (No. 2) while leading the team and the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (64.6). He has started 16 of his 19 games and has led the Bruins in rebounding in eight of his 19 games. In his last 12 games, he is shooting 66.7 (34-51) from the floor.
Ryan Hollins - He has started each of the last nine games and in those contests is averaging 7.2 points (65), 4.8 rebounds (43) and 1.7 blocks (15), while shooting 63.2 (24-38) from the floor in 23.0 minutes (207) during that stretch. Vs. OSU, Hollins in 20 minutes had four points, one rebound and two blocked shots. On the year, he is averaging 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.7 minutes and is shooting 59.2 on his field goal attempts. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds and shooting 61.1 from the floor.
Dijon Thompson - UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.7), he has led the team in scoring six times, in steals on 11 occasions and in blocked shots eight times. He leads the team in steals (1.65) and is second in minutes (28.7), third in assists (2.8) and fourth in rebounding (4.4). Vs. Oregon State, Thompson contributed nine points, two rebounds, a career-high tying five assists, one blocked shot and steal and just one turnover in 38 minutes.
Ray Young - He has started the last three games (Bruins are 2-1) at point guard and in those games, he is averaging 19.7 points (59), 5.7 rebounds (17) and 4.3 assists (13), and shooting 57.1 from the field (20-35), 69.2 from three-point range (9-13) and 62.5 (10-16) from the foul line. Vs. OSU, Young responded with 19 points, a career-high tying nine rebounds, with four assists, a career-high tying two blocked shots and one steal, in a season-high tying 37 minutes. His 83 career three-pointers is No. 10 in school history.
Off the Bench
Vs. Oregon State - The Bruins played three players off the bench - Ryan Walcott (15 minutes, seven points, including four points off two important second half steals, two rebounds, one assist and two steals); T. J. Cummings (19 minutes, two points, four rebounds and a career-high tying two blocked shots) and Michael Fey (seven minutes, two points).
T. J. Cummings - He's led the Bruins in scoring four times this season and has scored in double figures 14 times, trailing only Jason Kapono and Dijon Thompson. On the year, he is third on the team in scoring (10.4) and third in rebound average (4.8). In addition, he is shooting 85.5 (No. 2 on the team) from the line and has made 27 of his last 32 (84.4) over 14 games.
Ryan Walcott - On the year, he leads the team in assists (3.7) and is averaging 4.0 points. He has led the Bruins in assists a team-high 11 times in 2002-2003.
Cedric Bozeman - The sophomore guard is averaging 7.3 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds in his 21 games (17 starts) and has led the Bruins in assists on 10 occasions. On Feb. 5 at USC, he strained his right shoulder and aggravated the injury on Feb. 15 at Arizona State. He has not played in the last three games (California and Stanford in Pauley/at Oregon State) because of the injury. On Feb. 8 at Georgetown, his two free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining gave the Bruins a 71-70 victory.