Dec. 27, 2005
UCLA'S LAST GAMES
Dec. 23- at No. 12 UCLA 86, Sacramento State 56 - before 7,452 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA got off to its best start since 1994-95, beating Sacramento State 86-56, and entered the 2006 Pac-10 campaign with a 10-1 overall mark.
UCLA led 42 (UCLA halftime high)-28 at halftime and led by at least 20 points throughout most of the second half.
The Bruins had four players in double figures, led by Arron Afflalo's game-high 22 points (has led the Bruins in scoring seven times this season). Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had his third season double/double (season-high tying 13 points/game-high 11 rebounds/he's led the Bruins in rebounding every game this season) and Alfred Aboya had a season-best 12 points.
UCLA shot .673 (37-55/highest percentage since Nov. 21, 2001, when the Bruins shot .729 in an 89-77 win over South Carolina at the Maui Invitational) from the field, .417 (5-12) from three-point range and .700 (7-10) from the foul line, with a game-high and season-best 43 rebounds, season-best 28 assists, a game and season-high 21 turnovers, a game and season-best eight blocked shots and one steal.
The Hornets shot an opponent season-low .313 (21-67) from the field, .227 (5-22) from three-point range and .692 (9-13) from the foul line, with 25 rebounds, nine assists, 12 turnovers, two blocked shots and an opponent season-high nine steals. Sacramento State was led by Jason Harris' 16 points.
Dec. 21 - at No. 12 UCLA 74, Wagner 72 - before 7,738 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA, in its last defensive stand, prevented Wagner from getting off a shot at the end of the game and preserved its 74-72 victory.
In the second half, Wagner had leads of as many as eight points (final time, 57-49, 10:32 left). With 1:27 remaining, Farmar gave the Bruins a one point lead (72-71) on a 12-foot jumper and with 1:09 left, Wagner's Durell Vinson tied the score at 72, connecting on the first of two free throws.
In the first half, the Bruins also trailed by as many as eight points (20-12, 10:24), but outscored Wagner 23-13 to end the first half and take a 35-33 halftime lead.
The Bruins had five players in double figures - led by Arron Afflalo's 13 points (11 in the second half/sixth time this season he's led UCLA in scoring); 12 points and nine assists from Farmar; a season-high 12 points and five assists from Darren Collison, 11 points from Cedric Bozeman and a career-high 11 points from Lorenzo Mata (who the day before missed practice with the flu). For the 10th straight game, Mbah a Moute led the Bruins in rebounding (game-high seven/longest UCLA streak since 1977-78, when David Greenwood led UCLA in rebounding in the final 13 regular season games).
UCLA shot .525(32-61, in three of the last four games, the Bruins have shot over .522) from the field, a season-low .077 (1-13) from three-point range and a season-low .500 (9-18) from the foul line, with a game-high 32 rebounds (UCLA is 7-0 when outrebounding the opponent), 16 assists, a season-low nine turnovers, two blocked shots and three steals.
Wagner shot an opponent season-high .538 (28-52), an opponent season-high .625 (10-16) from three-point range and .857 (6-7) from the foul line, with 25 rebounds, 13 assists, a game-high 13 turnovers and one blocked shot and steal. The Hornets were led by Mark Porter's 19 points.
Start the Season - UCLA's 10-1 start (including a seven-game winning streak) is the best under Howland (in his third season) - last year, 6-1, lost next game at Michigan State; 2003-04 - started 3-1, lost next game to UC Santa Barbara in Pauley Pavilion. The last time the Bruins started 10-1 was in 1994-95 - UCLA's 11th NCAA title team, started 12-1 (losing at Oregon on Jan. 5), then lost 14th game to California in Pauley (Jan. 28, 100-93, game was later forfeited by California) - UCLA would not lose another game, winning the NCAA Championship and finishing with a 32 (school record for wins)-1 overall mark.
Offense - In the last two games, the Bruins have averaged 80.0 points (160 points) and shot 69-116 (.595) from the field/vs. Sacramento State, UCLA shot .673 (37-55), highest percentage since Nov. 21, 2001, when the Bruins shot .729 in an 89-77 win over South Carolina at the Maui Invitational. Also vs. Sacramento State, UCLA had a season-high 28 assists.
Defense - UCLA held Sacramento State to 56 points and an opponent season-low .313 (21-67) from the field. The Bruins have outrebounded their last three opponents (for the season, UCLA is 8-0 when outrebounding the opponent)-vs. Sacramento State, the Bruins had a season-high 43 rebounds, with a season-best eight blocked shots. Vs. Wagner, with UCLA leading 74-72 with 14 seconds left to play, UCLA's team defense prevented Wagner from getting a final shot at the basket.
Jordan Farmar - A Preseason Wooden Award/Naismith candidate, has scored in double figures the last five games and led the Bruins in assists seven times this season, including the last two games (his nine assists vs. Sacramento State/Wagner are one shy of tying his career-high). Vs. Wagner, his assist (with :14 left to play) led to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's layin and UCLA's 74-72 victory. He has three games of 20 or more points (at the NIT Season Tip-Off semis in New York City, Farmar scored a career-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half, and a career-high tying four, three-pointers, in the Bruins' 88-80 loss to Memphis). He's UCLA's second leading scorer (16.0) and assist leader (6.6, also Pac-10 leader).
Arron Afflalo - UCLA's leading scorer (18.2), he was named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team. Afflalo is the only Bruin to have started every game and scored in double figures every game, including five games of 20 or more points (career-high 23 vs. New Mexico State, 22 Albany, 20 Coppin State, 20 Michigan, 22 Sacramento State, including four of the last six games). He's led UCLA in scoring in seven games this season, including the last two - Sacramento State (22, with a season-high four assists), Wagner (13), Coppin State (20), Albany (22), Memphis (18 points), Temple (18) and New Mexico State (career-high 23). He also leads the team in minutes (35.2) and free throw percentage (.821/32-39) and leads the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made (2.73) and is second in scoring (18.2). His career three-point percentage is .408 (69-109/tied for fifth in school history with Kevin Dempsey, 58-142, 1993-96).
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - The Bruins' leading rebounder (8.9), he's been UCLA's leading rebounder in every game - Sacramento State (11), Wagner (7), Michigan (9), Nevada (9), Coppin State (10), Albany (season-high 13), Drexel (8, tied with Lorenzo Mata), Memphis (7), Delaware State (6), Temple (10) and New Mexico State (8) - longest streak since 1977-78, when David Greenwood led UCLA in rebounding in the final 13 regular season games. Mbah a Moute has three double/doubles (season-high tying 13 points/11 rebounds vs. Sacramento State) and double/doubles in two consecutive games (Coppin State, 11 points/10 rebounds; Albany, season-high 13 points/season-high 13 rebounds) - the first starting freshman to accomplish that feat since JaRon Rush (1998-99-final two games that season-at Arizona-16/10 and Detroit Mercy (NCAA)-10/13). He's second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.9).
Darren Collison - came off the bench vs. Wagner and scored a season-best 12 points (including six in the Bruins' come-from-behind rally late in the second half), with a season-high tying five assists.
Lorenzo Mata - came off the bench vs. Wagner (had the flu the day before) to score a career-best 11 points, including nine in the first half. He's averaged 6.0 rebounds the last two games and had a career-best four blocked shots vs. Sacramento State.
Alfred Aboya - had a season-high 12 points (6-9 from the field), two rebounds and one blocked shot vs. Sacramento State.
Injury Update - sophomore Josh Shipp, sidelined since Sept. 28 following right hip surgery, is scheduled to play this week vs. Stanford and California. Senior Michael Fey (right ankle sprain) played nine minutes vs. Sacramento State (two points/three rebounds) and did not play vs. Wagner. Senior Ryan Hollins strained his groin during warm-ups vs. Sacramento State (did not play) and will not play this week vs. the Bay Area schools in Pauley.
Ryan Wright - Came off the bench vs. Sacramento State and tied his season-high with eight points.
Senior center Ryan Hollins - strained his groin during warm-ups vs. Sacramento State (did not play) and will not play this week vs. the Bay Area schools in Pauley.
Sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar - suffered a right groin strain in practice on Thursday (Oct. 27) and was held out of practice for five days (Thursday-Tuesday, the Bruins did not practice on Sunday, Oct. 30). After Tuesday's (Nov. 1) examination, Farmar, who had shown significant improvement, continued to strengthen and receive treatment. He did not practice or play the rest of the week and did not play in UCLA's exhibition game vs. Carleton (Friday, Nov. 4). Farmar was cleared to resume practice on Monday (Nov. 7) and started vs. CS Monterey Bay. Farmar started the first two NIT Season Tip-Off encounters, but sprained his right ankle vs. Temple and did not play vs. Delaware State. He started vs. Memphis and Drexel. Following an inconclusive early MRI on Tuesday (Nov. 29), another MRI was taken later that day which showed Farmar did not have a right foot stress fracture. He did not play vs. Albany (Nov. 29), but came back to start vs. Coppin State (Dec. 4) and responded with his first career double/double (16 points-career-high 10 assists) and has started every game since Coppin State. He is UCLA's second-leading scorer (16.0) and leads the Pac-10 in assists (6.6)
Freshman forward Alfred Aboya - had a right knee arthroscopic procedure on July 11 and had a left knee arthroscopic procedure on Oct. 12. Aboya was re-evaluated on Nov. 2 and he did not have any basketball activity for the next two weeks. His first game was Coppin State (Dec. 4 -16 minutes, two rebounds and assists) and he played five minutes vs. Nevada (Dec. 10-one rebound) and seven minutes (two points, one rebound) at Michigan. He played two minutes vs. Wagner (one rebound) and in 14 minutes vs. Sacramento State, had season-bests of 12 points (6-7 from the field), two rebounds and one blocked shot.
Senior center Michael Fey - before the start of practice (Oct. 14), was diagnosed with a severe groin strain. On Tuesday (Nov. 8), Fey was cleared for a one hour workout (once a day, starting Nov. 9). Fey participated in team practice on Saturday (Nov. 12). He played 17 minutes vs. New Mexico State (seven points/two rebounds) and 15 minutes vs. Temple (0 points/two rebounds), but sprained his left shoulder. He did not play vs. Delaware State and his status was "day-to-day". In New York, Fey played a season-high 21 minutes vs. Memphis (season-high 13 points/four rebounds) and five minutes vs. Drexel. On Thursday (Dec. 1), suffered a right ankle sprain in practice and did not play vs. Coppin State on Dec. 4 and Nevada on Dec. 10. He did play two minutes at Michigan. Fey did not play vs. Wagner, came in for nine minutes (two points/three rebounds) vs. Sacramento State. Sophomore center Lorenzo Mata - suffered a concussion in practice on Dec. 1 and did not play on Dec. 4 vs. Coppin State and vs. Nevada on Dec. 10. He started vs. Michigan (10 minutes, six rebounds). In 15 minutes off the bench vs. Wagner, scored a career-high 11 points (with five rebounds) and in 19 minutes as a starter vs. Sacramento State, added six points, seven rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots.
Sophomore guard Arron Afflalo - suffered a left quadricep contusion on Oct. 29. He was listed as day-to- day, resumed practice on Nov. 3 and has started every game and leads the Bruins in points (18.2, second in the Pac-10) and minutes (35.2).
Freshman forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - before the start of practice (Oct. 14) was diagnosed with sprained right shoulder. He returned to full-time practice status on Oct. 22 and has started every game and leads the Bruins in rebounding (8.9, second in the Pac-10).
Sophomore forward Josh Shipp - on Sept. 28, had an arthroscopic right hip procedure. During his initial rehabilitation, he was on crutches for almost a month (came off of crutches on Oct. 26). Shipp is looking to return to action this week in Pauley vs. Stanford/California.
Redshirt Freshman Walkon Joey Ellis - On Oct. 7, had a left knee arthroscopic procedure and could be out for 12 weeks.
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