Dec. 13, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA guard Jordan Farmar has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 6-12, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Farmar, a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., scored a career-high 25 points, and nine of UCLA's final 11 points, in the Bruins' 85-83 comeback win over Pepperdine. With UCLA trailing 78-74, Farmar's two free throws brought the Bruins within two points. With UCLA trailing by five with 1:30 left, Farmar hit a three-pointer that again pulled his team within two. With nine seconds left, Farmar sank another pair of free throws to tie the game. Finally, with four seconds remaining, Farmar drove the lane and sank a five-foot bank shot to give UCLA the victory.
For the contest, Farmar made eight of 11 field goals (.727), was perfect from three-point range (2-2) and sank all seven of his free throws attempts. Farmar's game-high 25 points were the most scored by a UCLA freshman since Jason Kapono scored 27 points twice during the 1999-2000 season. For the year, Farmar is fifth in the Pac-10 in assists (4.83 apg) and tied for eighth in scoring (14.0 ppg). He is also tied for third in free throw percentage (.923) and three-point field goal percentage (.500).
The Bruins improved to 5-1 with the victory. They host Michigan on Saturday.
This is the first weekly honor for Farmar, and UCLA's 40th Player of the Week all-time.
2004-05 Pac-10 Players of the Week:
Nov. 29 - Nate Robinson, Jr., G, WASH;
Dec. 6 - Ike Diogu, Jr., F, ASU;
Dec. 13 - Jordan Farmar, Fr., G, UCLA.