March 21, 2003
After seven seasons as UCLA's head coach AND 12 years on the Bruin staff, Steve Lavin released as UCLA's head coach; Bruins close season with 75-74 loss to Oregon in Pacific-10 tournament semifinals; In PAC-10 quarterfinals, UCLA defeats NO. 1 Arizona 96-89 (OT)
Last UCLA Games -
Oregon 75, UCLA 74, Pac-10 Tournament Semifinals - On March 14, in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center, Oregon rallied from an 12-point deficit with 3:43 left to play and defeated UCLA 75-74, ending the Bruins' season.
UCLA led 71-59 with 3:43 left, when Ryan Hollins was fouled and he hit the first of two free throws. With about four minutes remaining, Oregon then began to press and outscored the Bruins 16-3 to secure the victory.
The Bruins had three players in double figures, led by Dijon Thompson's game-high 23 points and team-high eight rebounds and Ray Young's 21 points (he had 18 points at halftime, missing only one shot) and team-high four assists and four steals. Young was named to the All-Tournament team.
UCLA shot 50.0 (26-52) from the field, 33.3 (5-15) from three-point range and 65.4 (17-26) from the foul line, with 32 rebounds and a game-high 14 turnovers.
Oregon shot 41.4 (29-70) from the field, 34.3 (12-35) from three-point range and 55.6 (5-9) from the foul line, with a game-high 39 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The Ducks had four players in double figures, led by Luke Ridnour's 16 points, nine assists and four steals.
Ridnour was named the Pac-10 Tournament MVP, leading the Ducks to the team championship. In the final, Oregon beat USC 74-66.
UCLA 96, Arizona 89 (OT), Pac-10 Tournament Quarterfinals - On March 13, in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at the Staples Center, UCLA rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to upset the No. 1-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 96-89 in overtime. It was the fourth year in a row that Bruin head coach Steve Lavin and the Bruins had beat a No. 1 ranked team.
UCLA led by as many as seven points in the first half but Arizona scored 12 of the final 16 points to take a 43-41 halftime lead. The Wildcats opened the second half with a 17-4 run to take a 15-point lead (60-45) with 14:15 remaining in the game, but the Bruins fought back. UCLA still trailed by 12 (68-56) with 10:21 remaining but a 13-3 run closed the gap to two (71-69) with 5:50 remaining. Ray Young tied the game at 75 but the Bruins trailed by three (82-79) when Salim Stoudamire made two free throws with 11.1 second left. However, Young tied the game with 4.9 seconds remaining on a long three-point shot from the right wing, forcing overtime.
UCLA scored the first five points in overtime on a basket by T.J. Cummings, one free throw by Young and two by Dijon Thompson. The Wildcats closed to within three (92-89) with 33.8 seconds left but two free throws each by Andre Patterson and Jason Kapono provided the final margin.
Kapono led the Bruins with 26 points, including four of seven from three-point range, and added five rebounds and four assists. Young had 17 points, including UCLA's last nine in regulation -- capped by the long three-pointer, and added five rebounds and four assists. Thompson had another fine all-around game with 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Cummings came off the bench to score 18 points (7-11, 4-4) and grab five rebounds. Patterson scored a career-high 13 points and tied his career-best with 12 rebounds. In overtime, he scored five points and grabbed four defensive rebounds.
The Bruins shot 46.4 (32-69) from the field, 46.7 (7-15) from three-point range and 89.3 (25-28) from the foul line, with 43 rebounds, 17 assists, nine steals and 16 turnovers.
Arizona shot 37.5 (33-88) from the field, 19.4 (7-36) from three-point range and 84.2 (16-19) from the foul line, with 44 rebounds, 19 assists and 14 turnovers. The Wildcats were led by Rick Anderson and Channing Frye with 23 points each.
Kapono Named First-Team All-Pac-10, Only Player In UCLA History To Earn First-Team All-Conference Four Consecutive Years
On Monday (March 10), by a vote of the league head coaches, Bruin senior Jason Kapono was named first-team All-Pac-10. It was the fourth consecutive season Kapono has earned first-team All-Conference honors. He's the first Bruin in history to accomplish that feat and just the fourth in Pac-10 history.
UCLA freshman starting center Ryan Hollins earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman honors.
Kapono, Young Receive Coach John Wooden Award As UCLA's MVPs
UCLA senior co-captains Jason Kapono and Ray Young were given the Coach John Wooden Award as UCLA's Most Valuable Players at the annual end-of-the year Bruin Hoopsters Awards/Dinner Banquet held March 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Kapono becomes the first player in Bruin history to be named UCLA's MVP four seasons in a row (he shared the award all four years - 2002, with Matt Barnes, Dan Gadzuric and Billy Knight; 2001-with Gadzuric and Earl Watson; 2000-with Watson and Jerome Moiso). Also earning honors at the banquet were -