Nov. 18, 2005
F- 21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6, Sr., 12.0ppg, 6.5rpg
F- 23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 6-7, Fr., 7.0, 9.0
C-15 Ryan Hollins 7-01/2, Sr., 6.5, 6.0
G-1 Jordan Farmar 6-2, So., 11.0, 3.5
G-4 Arron Afflalo 6-5, So., 20.5, 5.5
Delaware State - Picked third to finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference by Blue Ribbon, the Hornet's game vs. UCLA is DSU's first game of the season (the Hornets did not have any exhibition contests). In 2004-05 (19-14 overall/14-4 league), Delaware State won both the regular and postseason MEAC titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, losing to Duke 57-46. The Hornets return three starters from last season, and will be led by 6-6 sophomore guard Jasha Bluntt (13.6ppg/4.0rpg/MEAC Tournament MVP). UCLA leads the series 1-0, beating the Hornets 109-67 in Pauley Pavilion during the 1998-99 season. The Bruins will play two MEAC opponents in nonleague play - Delaware State and Coppin State (Dec. 4 in Pauley).
UCLA's Last Games
Nov. 18 - at No. 18 UCLA 54, Temple 47 - Before 7,791 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA withstood a second-half Temple rally and defeated the Owls 54-47 in a second round NIT Season Tip-Off game. The Bruins now advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off Final Four, held next week in New York City.
The Bruins took command midway through the first half and opened up a double-digit lead with 4:50 to play. UCLA's biggest first half lead was the halftime score (15 points, 33-18, on a three-pointer by Arron Afflalo).
In the second half, Temple outscored UCLA 26-14 in the first 15 minutes and pulled to within three points, 47-44 (5:46 left) on two free throws by Mardy Collins. But Bruin senior Ryan Hollins stopped the Owl surge, by scoring four points (on two free throws and a slam dunk) to give UCLA a 51-44 advantage with 3:12 left to play. The closest Temple would get the rest of the game was six points and with eight seconds left to play, the Bruins led by nine (54-45, on a Hollins free throw).
The Bruins did lose two players to injury - sophomore starting point guard Jordan Farmar (sprained right ankle) and senior center Michael Fey (sprained left shoulder) and both players will miss the Delaware State contest.
The Bruins shot 37.0 (17-46) from the field, 28.0 (7-25) from three-point range and a season-high 81.3 (13-16) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds, 10 assists and 12 turnovers. Temple shot an opponent season-low 31.5 (17-54) from the field, an opponent season-low 28.6 (6-21) from three-point range and 58.3 (7-12) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, eight assists and five turnovers. The Owls were led by Collins' 15 points.
Nov. 15- UCLA 83-New Mexico State 70 - before 6,285 in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins, behind sophomore guard Arron Afflalo's career-high 23 points, defeated WAC opponent New Mexico State in a first round NIT Season Tip-Off encounter.
UCLA led 41-34 at halftime. The closest the Aggies would come in the second half was seven points, 50-43, with 16:00 left, on a 22-footer by Shaun Davis. But the Bruins pulled away after that and led by as many as 18 points, three times in the second half (final time, 79-61, 2:22 left, on a layin by Michael Fey).
Afflalo, who had 16 points in the first half, also finished with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Also scoring in double figures for UCLA were - sophomore point guard and Wooden Award Preseason candidate Jordan Farmar (18 points, two rebounds, game-high eight assists, one blocked shot and game-high three steals) and senior forward Cedric Bozeman (13 points, four rebounds, four assists and a career-high tying two steals/it was Bozeman's first regular season game after missing all of 2004-05 with a right knee injury that required surgery).
The Bruins shot 55.0 (33-60) from the field, 21.4 (3-14) from three-point range and 73.7 (14-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds, 21 assists and nine steals, and a game-low 12 turnovers. NMSU shot 48.0 (24-50) from the field, 44.4 (8-18) from three-point range and 58.3 (14-24) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and 19 turnovers. The Aggies were led by Elijah Ingram's game-high 24 points.
NIT Season Tip-Off - Following Saturday's home game vs. Delaware State in Pauley Pavilion, the No. 18 Bruins will depart Monday for New York City and the NIT Season Tip-Off Final Four. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, UCLA will play No. 12 Memphis in a semi-final contest at 9 p.m.ET/6p.m.PT at Madison Square Garden (the first semi-final game will match No. 1 Duke vs. Drexel, 7 p.m.ET/4p.m.PT). On Friday, Nov. 25 at Madison Square Garden, the third-place game will start at 4:30 p.m.ET/1:30p.m.PT and the Championship contest begins at 7 p.m.ET/4p.m.PT. All game will be televised on ESPN 2.
Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 31-28. Last year, he led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament (for the first time since 2002) and became only the 28th coach in NCAA history to lead three schools to the NCAA Tournament -2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16"), 2002 Pittsburgh ("Sweet 16") and 1998 Northern Arizona. In his 12th year as a collegiate head coach, in 2002 Howland was the National Coach of the Year while at Pittsburgh, he is 199-127. This is his first meeting vs. Delaware State.
Farmar/Fey Injured - UCLA sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar and senior center Michael Fey, both injured in Thursday's second-round NIT Season Tip-Off Bruin 54-47 victory over Temple in Pauley Pavilion, will not play Saturday night when UCLA hosts Delaware State in a nonconference contest at 7:30 p.m. Farmar, a Preseason Wooden Award candidate, sprained his right ankle and a Thursday night x-ray was negative. He is on crutches and wearing a walking boot. Farmar also missed UCLA's first home exhibition game on Nov. 4 (groin strain) and freshman Darren Collison started for the Bruins at the point guard position. Fey, who started 27 of 29 games last season, sprained and bruised his left shoulder and a Thursday night MRI was negative. He missed almost the first month of UCLA's practice with a severe groin strain and was cleared to begin workouts just last week. Bruin senior center Ryan Hollins has started all four games for UCLA in the post.
"Jordan and Michael will be held out of Saturday's game vs. Delaware State," Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. "Their status will be on a day-to-day basis for the next few days, but we certainly hope to have them healthy and ready to play when we face Memphis in New York City on Wednesday."
The Bruins have been hit with a rash of injuries to start the season. Also injured are sophomore forward Josh Shipp (right hip surgery on Sept. 28-hopes to return for start of 2006 Pac-10 season) and freshman forward Alfred Aboya (left knee surgery on Oct. 28-could resume practice on Nov. 28).
Arron Afflalo - is UCLA's leading scorer (20.5), leading the Bruins in scoring in their first two games - career-high 23 points vs. New Mexico State and 18 points vs. Temple In two games, he's 13-27 (.481) from the field, 6-15 (.400) from three-point range and 9-9 (1.000) from the foul line, and averaging 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
Cedric Bozeman - Has returned to the Bruins' starting lineup after missing all of last season with a right knee injury that required surgery. In two games he's averaging 12.0 points (No. 2 on the team) and 6.5 rebounds (No. 2), is shooting .529 (9-17) from the field and .833 (5-6) from the foul line and averaging 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - Is UCLA's leading rebounder (9.0), getting a season and game-high 10 rebounds (with eight points) vs. Temple and a game-high eight rebounds vs. New Mexico State.