Dec. 16, 2002
UCLA Tentative Starters
F-24 Jason Kapono 6-8 Sr. 18.8ppg 6.8rpg
F-43 T. J. Cummings 6-10 Jr. 9.8 5.3
C-45 Michael Fey 7-0 Fr. 2.8 2.5
G-21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6 So. 8.0 4.5
G-34 Ray Young 6-4 Sr. 11.5 4.3
Welcome- To tonight's nonconference game between Steve Lavin's Pac-10 UCLA Bruins (2-2, 0-0) and Mike Adras' Big Sky Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (5-2, 0-0). The game is not televised and can be heard on Fox Sports AM 1150 with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean.
Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as the Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 137-61 (69.2, 198 games/Kansas will be Lavin's 200th game as the Bruins' head coach). Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15th winningest active coach based on percentage. Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski's are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six years. Lavin is 1-0 vs. Northern Arizona (in the only game of the series, UCLA beat NAU 90-68 in Pauley during the 1997-98 season).
The Bruins - UCLA has won two games in a row, after dropping it's first two games of the season. UCLA has won its last two games by an average of 30.5 points.
UCLA's Last Game - On Dec. 14 before 6,608 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA defeated Portland 105-67. UCLA led 61-32 at halftime. The last time the Bruins scored 100 (or more) points was in the second round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament, beating Cincinnati 105-101 (2OT). The last 100-point output for the Bruins in Pauley was Dec. 1, 1999 vs. Morgan State (100-39). UCLA's 38-point victory over Portland was the largest margin of victory since that Morgan State game (61). The Bruins had four players in double figures, led by Dijon Thompson's career and game-high 23 points (in 21 minutes off the bench), with eight rebounds and two assists. UCLA shot a season-high 56.3 (36-64) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and 56.3 (27-48) from the foul line, with a season-best 61 rebounds and a season-high 20 turnovers. Portland, coached by former Bruin guard standout and assistant coach Michael Holton, shot an opponent-season low 25.0 (17-68) from the field, 26.5 (9-34) from three-point range and 68.6 (24-35) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds and 16 turnovers. The Pilots were led by Donald Wilson's 14 points.
Northern Arizona - The Lumberjacks have won four in a row since losing at No. 1 Arizona 101-66 on Nov. 27. NAU's last game was a 73-56 win at Southern Utah on Dec. 14. The Lumberjacks are led by 6-7 senior forward Ryan McDade, leading NAU in scoring (16.9) and rebounding (9.1). Head coach Mike Adras is in his fourth year at NAU with a school and career mark of 54-41 (56.8).
Pac-10 Leaders (Dec. 16) - Here are UCLA's Pac-10 leaders for this week (team/individual-Top 3 in a category). Team - Scoring Off., 3rd, 85.0; FG%, 2nd, 48.4; FG% Def., 3rd, 39.3; Reb. Off. 2nd, 43.2; Reb. Def., 3rd, 33.2; Reb. Margin, 2nd, +10.0; Asst., 2nd, 18.25; Asst./TO Ratio, 3rd, 1.11; Off. Reb., 3rd, 15.50; Def. Reb., 1st, 27.75. Individuals - Asst. -Cedric Bozeman, 3rd, 4.75.
Pauley Pavilion/Nonconference Games - In nonconference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 77-9 (89.5, 86 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 34-7 (82.9, 41 games).
Looking Ahead - Following the NAU contest, the Bruins will travel to Lawrence, KS to face Roy Williams' Kansas Jayhawks (last week rated No. 20 and preseason No. 2). The game is set for Saturday, Dec. 21 at Allen Fieldhouse, tipoff at 2 p.m. PT (4 p.m. CT). The game will be televised by CBS and can be heard on Fox Sports AM 1150 with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean. Kansas is 5-3 overall, last beating Emporia State 113-61 on Dec. 14 in Lawrence. The Jayhawks have won their last two games.
Jason Kapono - In four starts, Kapono leads the Bruins in minutes (31.3), scoring (18.8) and rebounding (6.8). On the Bruin three-point career charts, Kapono is No. 1 in three-pointers (262) and attempts (575) and No. 2 in percentage (262-575, 45.6). He's No. 13 in scoring (1683, No. 12 Gail Goodrich, 1690, 1963-65) and with 17 points, Kapono will become the 12th player in school history to score at least 1,700 points. In 20 minutes vs. Portland, Kapono had 11 points, five rebounds, and one assist.
Ray Young - Has started three of four contests and is averaging 24.8 minutes, 11.5 points (third on the team) and 4.3 rebounds. In 18 minutes vs. Portland, Young scored a season-high 14 points, with four rebounds and a season-high tying two assists.
T. J. Cummings - Has started three of four games (the last two games at forward) and is averaging 22.0 minutes, 9.8 points (fourth on the team) and 5.3 rebounds (third on the team) and is shooting 50.0 from the field and 87.5 from the line. Vs. Portland in 18 minutes, he scored season-highs in points (13), rebounds (nine) and equaled his career-high in assists (three).
Cedric Bozeman - Has started all four games at the point guard position, averaging 28.8 minutes (second on the team), 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.75 assists (second on the team) and 1.0 steals. In 16 minutes vs. Portland, Bozeman contributed six points, one rebound, three assists and one steal.
Michael Fey - Has started the last two games at center and is averaging 12.0 minutes, 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds and shooting 57.1 from the field. In 16 minutes vs. Portland, Fey scored a season-high seven points, with a season-best five rebounds, while adding one assist and steal.
Off the Bench
Vs. Portland - UCLA used a total of 15 players and the 10 players off the bench scored 54 (of 105 points) and added 37 (of 61 rebounds).
Dijon Thompson - the 6-7 sophomore has come off the bench the last two games and performed well (after starting the first two contests). He's averaging 27.0 minutes (third on the team), 16.8 points (second on the team), 5.8 rebounds (second on the team), 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 55.1 from the field and 35.7 from three-point range. Vs. Portland, in 21 minutes, Thompson scored a career-high 23 points, with eight rebounds (one shy of his career-high) and two assists. He was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee.
Ryan Walcott- the 6-1 sophomore has played well off the bench at the point guard position. He's averaging 22.0 minutes, 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, and a team-high 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals, while shooting 57.1 from the field and 66.7 from three-point range and the foul line. In 21 minutes vs. Portland, Walcott scored a season-high nine points, with two rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Jon Crispin - In four games (one start vs. Duke), the 6-0 junior transfer from Penn State is averaging 15.0 minutes, 5.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and shooting 45.5 from three-point range and 75.0 from the foul line. In 12 minutes vs. Portland, he added four points, two rebounds and an assist.
Josiah Johnson - Johnson (the son of Bruin great Marques Johnson), in four games is averaging 12.0 minutes, 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds and shooting 71.4 (team leader, 5-7) from the field and 1.000 from three-point range (1-1) and the foul line (6-6). In a career-high 15 minutes vs. Portland, Johnson had six points, a career-high five rebounds and one steal.
Andre Patterson - 6-7 sophomore Andre Patterson on Friday (Dec. 13) was ruled academically eligible and was readmitted to UCLA. Saturday (Dec. 14) was his first day of UCLA eligibility and he played vs. Portland (seven minutes, three points, one rebound, two blocked shots and steals). Patterson, who appeared in 29 games for the Bruins as a true freshman in 2001-02, was declared academically ineligible by UCLA last September (before the start of UCLA's fall quarter). He spent the fall semester at Santa Monica City College and has met the academic conditions for readmission to UCLA. Patterson will begin winter quarter classes at UCLA on Monday, Jan. 6. As a true freshman last season, Patterson averaged 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds and shot 50.0 (28-56) from the field, with 18 blocked shots. As a senior in 2000-01, he attended high school at Washington Prep in Los Angeles.
Ryan Hollins - in four games (including one start vs. Duke), the 6-11 freshman is averaging 13.0 minutes, 2.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. In 15 minutes vs. Portland, he had a season-high five points, a season-high eight rebounds, a season-high one assist, a season-high two blocked shots and one steal.