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UCLA Hosts Archrival USC Thursday, Feb. 24 At 7:30PM
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Release:  02/22/2005

Feb. 22, 2005

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UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA and 11th year as a collegiate head coach.

In Howland's first year (2003-04) at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.

In his last two seasons (2002-03) at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.

UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their second season - Donny Daniels, who was head coach at CS Fullerton for three seasons (2000-03); Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, who for two seasons (2002-03) was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh.

LEXUS GAUNTLET - This year is the fourth year that UCLA and USC are competing for the Lexus Gauntlet, which is awarded on an annual basis to the school that does the best in head-to-head competition. In each sport, points are awarded to the winner of each contest and the school with the most points at the end of the year receives the Lexus Gauntlet.

The Southern California Lexus Dealer Association is the title sponsor of every UCLA-USC athletic event. UCLA won the Gauntlet in 2002-03 and USC earned it in the 2001-2002 and 2003-04 school years.

UCLA currently leads 35-20 in the season-long, 18-sport trophy between the two schools. The Bruins have earned five points each for men's basketball, women's basketball, women's swimming, women's soccer, women's cross country and men's water polo and 2.5 points for men's volleyball and women's water polo. The Trojans own 10 points each for football and women's volleyball. Thursday night's men's basketball game is worth five points, as is Saturday's women's basketball game at the Sports Arena.

UCLA'S LAST GAMES
Feb. 20 - at Stanford 78, UCLA 65 - Led by Chris Hernandez's career-high 37 points, Stanford defeated UCLA 78-65 before 7,233 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal took the season series vs. UCLA (also winning 75-64/1/20 in Pauley Pavilion) and it was Stanford's sixth consecutive victory over the Bruins.

In the first half, UCLA had leads of 14-10 (13:44, Michael Fey scored the Bruins' first seven points) and 23-18 (9:09, three-pointer by Arron Afflalo). But in the next seven minutes, Stanford outscored UCLA 23-8 and led 41-31 (one minute left in the first half/also halftime score), on a layup by Hernandez, who scored 22 points in the first half.

In the second half, the Cardinal led by 22 points on two occasions, the last at 8:00 left to play (64-42), on a layup by Jason Haas. But in the next three minutes, UCLA outscored the Cardinal 15-3, to trail by 10 points (67-57), on a layup and free throw by Jordan Farmar (who scored eight points during the run).

But that's the closest UCLA would get as the Cardinal closed out the game with an 11-8 run, to win with a 13-point margin (78-65).

UCLA had two players in double figures- led by Dijon Thompson's team-high 19 points and game-high 11 rebounds (his sixth season double-double) and Farmar's 16 points and seven assists.

The Bruins (14-9, 8-7) shot .333 (22-66, second-lowest percentage this season) from the field, .143 (3-21, season-low percentage) from three-point range and .947 (18-19, season-high percentage) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds, 12 assists and a game-high 18 turnovers. Stanford (15-9, 9-5) shot .491 (28-57) from the field, .357 (5-14) from three-point range and .607 (17-28) from the foul line, with 40 rebounds, 12 assists, nine turnovers and 11 steals.

Feb. 17 - UCLA 77, at California 62 - A strong defensive performance by UCLA led the Bruins to a 77-62 (tied for third lowest opponent total this year) win over California before 9,271 at Haas Pavilion. The Bruin victory snapped a Cal four-game home winning streak vs. UCLA and for the Bruins, it avenged Cal's earlier season (1/22) 64-51 (UCLA season-low) win at Pauley Pavilion.

In the first half, UCLA held Cal to .306 (11-36) shooting from the field, including .250 (2-8) from three-point range, and the Bruins led 37-27 at halftime.

Four minutes into the second half, UCLA led by 19 points. Late in the second half, the Golden Bears pulled to within 11 points (60-49), but the Bruins then answered with nine consecutive points, sealing the victory.

For the fifth time in the last six games, UCLA was led by Dijon Thompson, with a game-high 23 points and a team-best nine rebounds. The Bruins had three other players in double-figures (sixth time this season with four players in double figures, 5-1, losing at Arizona) - Jordan Farmar, 15 points and a season-high seven rebounds; Arron Afflalo, 12 points and a season-high tying five rebounds and Josh Shipp, 11 points, six rebounds, a season-high tying four assists and a season-best four steals.

The Bruins (14-8, 8-6) shot .509 (28-55) from the field, .250 (3-12) from three-point range and .783 (18-23) from the foul line, with a game-high 42 rebounds, 13 assists and a game-high 16 turnovers.

Cal (12-11,5-8) shot an opponent season-low .362 (25-69) from the field, .214 (3-14) from three-point range and .529 (9-17) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds, 18 assists and 13 turnovers.

The Golden Bears were led by Marquise Kately's 14 points and Rod Benson's 12 points and game-high 11 rebounds.

HEAD COACH Jim Saia - Became USC's interim head coach earlier this season when head coach Henry Bibby, who helped lead UCLA to three (1971-72) NCAA Championships as a starting guard, was dismissed. From 1996-2003, Saia was an assistant coach at UCLA, under Jim Harrick/Steve Lavin, and helped lead the Bruins to five NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances, including a 1997 "Elite Eight" appearance, in six years (1997-2002).

THE TROJANS - Split last week's trip to the Bay Area, losing at Stanford 71-62 (the Trojans led 35-32 at halftime) on 2/17 and winning at California 89-70 on 2/19. USC has won two of its last three games.

SERIES HISTORY - UCLA leads it 120-98. UCLA won the first meeting in this season's two-game series, rallying from an 18-point halftime deficit (43-25) to defeat USC 72-69 on 1/29 at The Sports Arena. The Bruin win snapped a Trojan four-game winning streak vs. UCLA. UCLA last home victory over USC was in 2002 (67-65).

LAST MEETING - Jan. 29 - UCLA 72, at USC 69 - For the fourth time this season in a Pac-10 contest, UCLA overcame a double-digit deficit and came back in the second half to defeat archrival USC, 72-69, before 7,767 at The Sports Arena. The Bruin victory snapped UCLA's three-game Pac-10 losing streak, ended the Trojans' four-game overall winning streak over UCLA and it was the Bruins' first win at The Sports Arena since 2001.

UCLA trailed by 18 points at halftime (43-25). The Bruins' second half comeback was led by Dijon Thompson, who scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half. In the first 2:20 of the second half, Thompson had two steals and scored six of UCLA's nine points, to bring the Bruins to within 13 points (47-34, 17:50 left). At the 8:09 mark in the second half, Thompson's tipin gave UCLA its first lead of the game (56-54). In the final 5:27 (score was tied at 62 with 5:27 remaining), Thompson scored eight of UCLA's next 10 points, including 4-6 from the foul line (with 57 seconds left, his two free throws gave UCLA a 71-69 lead and with 16 seconds remaining, Thompson hit one (first) of two foul shots, to give UCLA its 72-69 victory).

For the game, in 32 minutes, Thompson scored a game-high 24 points (8-13, 0-1, 8-11/including 16 in the second half), with a game-high tying seven rebounds, one assist and blocked shot and a game-high tying three steals.

Also scoring in double figures for the Bruins was Josh Shipp (13 points, seven rebounds, one steal in 33 minutes). Arron Afflalo tallied nine points (3-4 from three-point range/in the second half, from 8:52-7:18, Afflalo hit three three-pointers, the final two consecutive, his last three-pointer gave the Bruins a 62-57 lead, 7:18 left to play).

UCLA (11-6, 5-4) shot .440 (22-50, including .571 (16-28) in the second half) from the field, .471 (8-17, including .750 (6-8) in the second half) from three-point range and .714 (20-28) from the foul line, with a game-high 36 rebounds, 10 assists and a game-high 21 turnovers.

USC (9-11, 2-7) shot .452 (28-62, including .531 (17-32) in the first half) from the field, .400 (8-20, including .500 (5-10) in the first half) from three-point range and .385 (5-13) from the foul line, with 31 rebounds, 12 assists and 19 turnovers. The Trojans were led by Nick Young's 22 points.

BRUIN HEADLINES
UCLA . . .
The Oregon at UCLA game on Saturday, March 5 in Pauley Pavilion (the Bruins' final regular-season home game) will start at 5 p.m. (FSN) ... In his last seven games (at Stan 19 points/11 rebounds; at Cal 23 points/nine rebounds; Ariz, 10 points/three rebounds; ASU, 39 points/six rebounds; at UW, 22 points/six rebounds; at WSU, 24 points/eight rebounds; at USC, 24 points/seven rebounds), Dijon Thompson is averaging 23.0 points and shooting .551 (59-107) from the field and .789 (30-38) from the foul line. In a four-game span (ASU, UW, WSU, USC), he averaged 27.3 points and shot .655 (38-58) ... In UCLA's loss to Arizona, Jordan Farmer scored a career-high 27 points (10-17, 4-8, 3-6) and added five rebounds, five assists and two steals. He is averaging 19.0 points in his last four games and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds at Cal ... In the Bruins' win at Cal, Josh Shipp had 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals ... Arron Afflalo had a career-high seven rebounds at Stanford ... In the win at Cal, UCLA held the Golden Bears to .362 (25-69) from the field, a UCLA opponent season-low ... In the loss at Stanford, UCLA shot .333 (22-66, second-lowest percentage this season) from the field, .143 (3-21, lowest percentage this season) from three-point range and .947 (18-19, season-high percentage) from the foul line ... Vs. ranked (AP) teams this season, UCLA is 1-5, beating then No. 12 Washington (95-86 on Jan. 8 in Pauley Pavilion/now No. 14) and losing to Boston College (74-64 on Dec. 5 at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim/BC was not ranked at the time, but is now No. 3), then No. 23 Michigan State (76-64 on Dec. 21 at East Lansing/now No. 10), then No. 17 Arizona (76-73 on Jan. 15 in Tucson/now No. 9), then No. 13 Washington (82-70 on Feb. 5 in Seattle/now No. 14) and then No. 12 Arizona (83-73 on Feb. 12 in Pauley Pavilion/now No. 9) ... In the 2005 Pac-10 campaign, the Bruins have recorded four victories when they have comeback from double-digit deficits (18 at halftime at USC/12 in the first half at Arizona State/21 in the first half vs. Washington in Pauley/17 in the 1st/2nd halves vs. Washington State in Pauley) ... For the first time since the advent of the Pac-10 Conference in 1978-79, UCLA has defeated a team twice in overtime in the same season (WSU) ... This season, UCLA is 6-1 in games decided by four or fewer points ... The Bruins are 10-0 when it leads at the five-minute mark and 7-0 when they shoot .500 or better from the field (at Cal, UCLA shot .509, 28-55) ... UCLA is 2-0 in overtime this season and 4-2 under head coach Ben Howland ... On Sunday at Notre Dame, UCLA leads the series 26-19, the Irish won last year's contest in Pauley Pavilion, 75-60 (it was the first game in the series since 1996/from 1967-96, the teams played at least once a year and twice a year from 1971-72 to 1982-83).

THOMPSON JOINS 1,000 POINT CLUB - UCLA senior Dijon Thompson, a top candidate for Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-America honors, is the Pac-10's No. 2 scorer (18.7) and No. 3 rebounder (8.1).

Thompson is the 45th UCLA player in Bruin history to join the elite 1,000 point club. Thompson, who has six double/doubles this season, has led the Bruins in scoring 12 times (six of the last seven) and in rebounding 17 times, including seven of the last eight games.

He has 1,354 points, No. 26 on the all-time Bruin chart (No. 25 Roy Hamilton, 1,355, 1976-79; No. 24 Rod Foster, 1,365, 1980-83; No. 23 Curtis Rowe, 1,371, 1969-71; No. 22 Kiki Vandeweghe, 1,380, 1977-80).

THOMPSON/FARMAR NABC ALL DIST. 15 HONORS
Senior Dijon Thompson, earned first-team, and freshman Jordan Farmar, second-team, on the 2005 NABC All-Dist. 15 squad released on 2/18. They are now eligible for the NABC All-American team announced at the conclusion of the 2004-05 NCAA men's basketball season.

39 FOR NO. 1 - UCLA senior Dijon Thompson enjoyed the game of his career in the Feb. 10 win over ASU at Pauley Pavilion. He scored a career-high 39 points (13-18, 7-9, 6-8) and added a team-high (tied) six rebounds, five assists and three steals. In the first half, he was virtually unstoppable, scoring 27 (10-12, 5-6, 2-2) of UCLA's 46 points.

His 39 points are the most points by a Bruin in a game since Jason Kapono scored 44 at Washington State (1/4/03) and the most points by a Bruin in Pauley since Don MacLean's 39 vs. Pittsburgh on 2/2/91. He's just the ninth UCLA player in history to score 39 or more points in a game. In UCLA Pauley Pavilion history, his 27 first half points is No. 3 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar twice (on Dec. 3, 1966, when he scored 56 points (No. 2 in school history) in a 105-90 win over USC, he scored 32 points in the first half and on Feb. 25, 1967, when he scored 61 points (No. 1 in school history) in a 100-78 win over Washington State, he scored 28 points in the first half).

In UCLA Pauley Pavilion history for a half (first or second), the highest point productions belong to Abdul-Jabbar (33, in the second half of his 61-point game vs. WSU) and Reggie Miller (33 in the second half of his 42 points in UCLA's 99-86 win over Louisville on Feb. 28, 1987).

TEAM STATISTICS - In UCLA's 23-game stats, the Bruins have held their opponents to .444 from the field, .327 from the three-point line, have outrebounded their opponents (36.7/33.5) and limited their opponent's scoring to 72.4 points a game.

UCLA is 11-4 when leading at the half, 10-3 when outshooting the opponent from the field, 5-0 when shooting .500 or higher from the field, 11-5 with a rebound advantage and 10-0 when leading at the five-minute mark of regulation.

The Bruins have three players averaging in double scoring figures (Dijon Thompson 18.7, Jordan Farmar 13.5, Arron Afflalo 10.2. In the victories over Washington, WSU, at Oregon and WIU, the Bruins had five players in double scoring and four players in double scoring in the wins at Cal, at ASU, Pepperdine, UC Irvine and CSU and the losses at Arizona, at Oregon State and to Boston College.

STARTING FRESHMEN - UCLA started four freshmen at Michigan State (forward Josh Shipp, center Lorenzo Mata and guards, Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar) and the Bruins started three freshmen at Stanford/at California/Arizona/ASU/at Wash/at WSU/ at USC/Cal/Stan/at Arizona/at ASU/Washington/WSU/ at Oregon/at Oregon State/ Michigan/Pepperdine - forward Josh Shipp and guards, Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar.

For most of the 1998-99 season, the Bruins started three freshmen - forwards, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso, along with center Dan Gadzuric, with sophomore guards, Baron Davis and Earl Watson (in the first two games of that season, the Bruins started four freshmen - Rush, Moiso, Gadzuric and Matt Barnes, along with Watson/Davis missed the first four games of that season because of a knee injury (that required surgery) suffered the previous season during the NCAA Tournament).

FRESHMEN STARTING GUARDS - This is just the third time since 1980 that the Bruins are starting a pair of freshmen at the guard positions (Jordan Farmar/Arron Afflalo). The last time was the 1997-98 season (Baron Davis/Earl Watson) and before that, the 1979-80 season (Michael Holton/Rod Foster).

TOP FRESHMAN - Bruin freshman guard Jordan Farmar has been named National Freshman of the Year at the midway point by The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy and Benson Taylor. He is a top candidate for National and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

DIAPER DANDIES - Bruin freshman guard Jordan Farmar was named the nation's top mid-season Diaper Dandy by ESPN's Dick Vitale. In addition, Vitale named Farmar and Arron Afflalo as one of his top five national Diaper Dandy Duo.

CO-DIAPER DANDIES OF THE WEEK - For the week of Nov. 29, ESPN's Dick Vitale named Bruin freshmen guards Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo his Co-Diaper Dandies of the Week. In wins over UC Irvine and Western Illinois, Afflalo averaged 13.5 points and Farmar averaged 5.0 assists and 33+ plus minutes in the two victories.

UCLA BACK-to-BACK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
UCLA ended the 2004 nonconference campaign with two consecutive Pac-10 Players of the Week (Jordan Farmar, Dec. 13/Dijon Thompson, Dec. 20). It's the first time the Bruins have had back-to-back conference Players of the Week since Ed O'Bannon (Feb. 20, 1995/Feb. 27, 1995)

Dijon Thompson (DEC 13-19) UCLA forward Dijon Thompson was named the U. S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 13-19, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced.

Thompson, a senior from Inglewood, CA, scored a career-high 29 points, including 17 in the second half, in leading UCLA to an 81-79 victory over Michigan on Dec. 18. In the second half, from the 4:14 mark to the :44 mark, Thompson scored seven of UCLA's 11 points, including his three-point basket with 44 seconds remaining, that gave UCLA the lead for good (78-77, it was UCLA's first lead since the 6:49 mark/67-66). He also collected 10 rebounds for (at the time) his second double-double of the season and third of his career. For the contest, Thompson made 12 of his 14 field goal attempts (.857), including three of four three-point attempts (.750). He played despite 13 stitches in his shooting hand and his index finger taped to his middle finger. Thompson had been out of the Bruins' starting lineup since reinjuring the hand vs. Boston College on Dec. 5.

This is the first weekly honor for Thompson and UCLA's 41st Player of the Week all-time.

Jordan Farmar (DEC. 6-12) - UCLA guard Jordan Farmar was named the U. S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 6-12, announced Commissioner Tom Hansen.

Farmar, a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., scored a career-high 25 points (21 in the second half), and nine of UCLA's final 11 points, in the Bruins' 85-83 comeback win over Pepperdine on Dec. 11. 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 UCLA to 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.

This is the first weekly honor for Farmar, and UCLA's 40th Player of the Week all-time. For his efforts vs. Pepperdine, Farmar was also named by ESPN's Dick Vitale as the Diaper Dandy of the Week (it's his second Diaper Dandy honor this season) and the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week.

INJURY UPDATE - 6-3 senior Janou Rubin has a left knee injury (lateral femoral condyle defect/bone chips) and had a 1/1/2 hour arthroscopic procedure on Jan. 6 (to remove loose bodies) and he will probably miss the rest of the season (its UCLA's third knee surgery this season - Ryan Hollins, summer/right knee and Cedric Bozeman, left knee/out for season). Because of knee pain, Rubin did not play at Oregon State, but did play a season-high 16 minutes at Oregon. An MRI on Jan. 3 revealed the injury. For the season (five games), he had averaged 5.8 minutes, 1.0 points and 0.2 rebounds. As a junior last season, he earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for his efforts in UCLA's Pac-10 opening home wins over the Oregon schools ... A walkon when he first came to UCLA, Rubin's career marks are 46 games, 3.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.

-6-7 senior Dijon Thompson reinjured his right shooting hand with about five minutes remaining in the Bruins' loss to Boston College (Dec. 5) in the Wooden Classic. He spent the final minutes of the game in the lockerroom getting 13 stitches to close the gash. He did not play on Dec. 11 vs. Pepperdine. He played vs. Michigan/Dec. 18 (career-high 29 points/10 rebounds) and Michigan State/Dec. 21 (15 points/11 rebounds) with the 13 stitches in place and had them removed on Dec. 26. Thompson originally injured the hand on Oct. 20 during a scrimmage. The cut is located in the webbing between his index and middle fingers (the cut then took four stitches) and the original stitches came out on Nov. 5.

-6-8 freshman Lorenzo Mata sprained his left ankle in practice on Friday (Nov. 19) and did not play vs. Chicago State/Nov. 20 and Western Illinois/Nov. 23. His first game as a Bruin was vs. UC Irvine (Nov. 27, seven minutes, one rebound, one blocked shot).

-6-6 senior Cedric Bozeman, UCLA's starting point guard the last three seasons who in 2004 led the Pac-10 in assists, on Nov. 10 underwent a successful two-and-one-half hour arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that was injured during practice on Nov. 4. Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman performed the surgery at the UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital. Recovery from this type of injury is usually in the eight-month range. Since he has never redshirted, Bozeman, a 6-6, 207-pounder from Santa Ana (Mater Dei HS), said he wants to return for the 2005-06 season.

THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2004 Wooden Classic was its eighth, with an overall mark of 5-3.
UCLA in the John R. Wooden Classic (5-3)
2004-05(L)-Boston College 74, UCLA 64
2003-04(L)-No. 9 Kentucky 52, UCLA 50
2001-02(W)-No. 20 UCLA 79, No. 16 Alabama 57
2000-01(L)-Georgia Tech 72, UCLA 67
1998-99(W)-No. 18 UCLA 69,No. 11 Okla. St. 66
1997-98(W)-No. 15 UCLA 69,No. 8 New Mex. 58
1995-96(W)-UCLA 73, No. 20 Maryland 63
1994-95(W)-No. 2 UCLA 82, No. 7 Kentucky 81

On Nov. 30, 2002 in Indianapolis, No. 14 UCLA's 84-73 loss to No. 4 Duke was the Bruins' only appearance in the then third-annual Wooden Tradition.

WALKONS - The Bruins have two freshmen walkons this season - 6-5 freshman guard DeAndre Robinson (Riverside, CA/King HS) and 6-1 guard Joey Ellis (Hidden Hills/Crespi HS). Robinson, a two-year first-team All-League performer, as a senior led King HS to a No. 23 State ranking, averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Ellis in 2004 was Crespi's captain and team MVP and earned All-Mission League honors. As a senior, Ellis averaged 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals.

PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED FIFTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 4 was Pac-10 Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was picked to win the 2005 conference title, the Bruins were selected fifth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (19) 253, 2. Washington (7) 237, 3. Stanford 194, 4. Oregon 167, 5. UCLA 156, 6. USC 116, 7. California 87, 8. Oregon State 86, 9. Washington State 73, 10. Arizona State 64.

UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Eight teams on this year's Bruin schedule advanced to postseason play in 2004 - five in the NCAA Tournament (nonconference teams Boston College and Michigan State, along with league foes Stanford, Arizona and Washington) and three in the NIT (nonleague opponents Michigan, the 2004 NIT champion and Notre Dame, along with Pac-10 opponent Oregon, an NIT Final Four participant).

In the 2004-05 AP Preseason Top 25, the Bruins will play four ranked teams - No. 10 Arizona, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 22 Washington.

The Feb. 2005 edition of Basketball Times has the Bruins' 2004-05 schedule rated No. 22 in the U. S. (No. 11 Arizona is the only Pac-10 school schedule ranked ahead of UCLA).

PRESEASON HONORS- Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.

-Athlon - Team-postseason prediction/NIT/5th in Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 5 USA (Bruin recruit ratings - No. 4 Jordan Farmar, No. 25 Lorenzo Mata, No. 54 Arron Afflalo, No. 55 Josh Shipp).

-Basketball News -Team - No. 51 in the U. S./4th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 6 in the U. S. (Bruin recruit ratings-No. 20 Jordan Farmar, No. 25 Arron Afflalo).

-Lindy's - Team - 6th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, third-team All-Pac-10; Jordan Farmar, No. 4 Fabulous Freshman in the U. S./Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 4 in the U. S.

-Street & Smith's - Team- No. 7 in the Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.

-The Sporting News - Team-5th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 14 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10. Jordan Farmar, No. 13 top freshman in the U. S. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.

GAIL GOODRICH JERSEY NUMBER (25) RETIREMENT/PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR- On Saturday, Dec. 18, when UCLA hosted Michigan in Pauley Pavilion, Bruin great Gail Goodrich had his jersey number (25) retired in a halftime ceremony. The leading scorer on UCLA's 1964 (21.5) and 1965 (24.8) first two NCAA Championship teams under legendary head coach John Wooden, Goodrich earned All-American honors in 1965. In UCLA's 1965 NCAA title 91-80 win over Michigan, Goodrich scored 42 points, then a school record and NCAA Championship game record. In Goodrich's 14-year NBA career, he was a five-time NBA All-Star and in 1972, he was the leading scorer (25.9) on the LA Lakers' NBA Championship team, a squad that set the NBA record for consecutive regular season wins (33). A charter member (1984) of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, Goodrich in 1996 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the seventh UCLA men's basketball player to have his jersey number retired, joining - 31 Ed O'Bannon, 32 Bill Walton, 33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), 35 Sidney Wicks, 42 Walt Hazzard and 54 Marques Johnson.

UCLA sophomore Matt McKinney also wears No. 25. Goodrich has told McKinney that he can continue to wear No. 25 during his Bruin career.

Goodrich will also be UCLA's nominee for the 2005 Pac 10 Hall of Honor (March 9 at a dinner in Los Angeles). He will be joined by - Pete Williams (Arizona), Joe Caldwell (Arizona State), Darrall Imhoff (California), Blair Rasmussen (Oregon), Ed Lewis (Oregon State), Rich Kelley (Stanford), John Rudometkin (USC), Jack Nichols (Washington) and Gene Conley (Washington State).

Goodrich will be UCLA's fourth inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden, 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 2004 inductee Walt Hazzard).

UCLA'S NATIONAL-LETTERS-OF-INTENT
Alfred Aboya, Darren Collison, Luc Richard Mbaha Moute, Michael Roll, Ryan Wright

Five players considered to be among the Top 150 high school performers in North America have signed National-Letters-of Intent to attend UCLA - 6-8, 242 pound Alfred Aboya (Tilton Prep Academy/Tilton NH), 6-0, 165-pound point guard Darren Collison (Etiwanda HS/Rancho Cucamonga, CA), 6-5 195-pound guard/forward Michael Roll (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, CA), 6-7, 215-pound Luc Richard Mbaha Moute (Montverde Academy/Montverde, FL) and 6-9 225-pound center/forward Ryan Wright (Loyola Catholic HS/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). All will be freshmen at UCLA next fall.

Alfred Aboya
Rated the No. 18 center in the U. S. by Athlon, Aboya's other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, Lindy's No. 89 player in the U. S., The Sporting News' No. 91, Scout.com No. 92 and Basketball News' No. 100.

As a junior in 2004, Aboya led Tilton Prep to the New Hampshire Class B State title. He averaged 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as an inside player for coach Scott Willard.

From the African republic of Cameroon, he has played for the Cameroon National team.

"I'm very pleased with Alfred's commitment,"Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. "He was the last of our five commitments. He's a very gifted athlete at 6-9 and 242 pounds. He's tough, physical and athletic. As he continues to develop, he's going to be a very good player."

Update (1/5) - Averaging 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds a game.

Luc Richard Mbaha Moute
A good rebounder and defender with exceptional quickness, Mbaha Moute is a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American, a Scout. Com Top 150 and rated the No. 15 prospect in Florida by FloridaHoops.com

Last summer, Mbaha Moute improved his perimeter play and he can play either guard position or small forward.

As a junior honor roll student in 2004 at the Montverde Academy, he averaged 12.0 points a game for coach Kevin Sutton.

Mbaha Moute, who came to the U. S. last season from the African republic of Cameroon, is slated to be a prince in his village after he graduates from UCLA.

"At 6-7, Luc has a long wing span and he is very athletic," Howland said. "He has good ball-handling skills, can pass and shoot the basketball. He has a chance to be an outstanding defender, who could guard three positions - the point, off-guard and wing. He's extremely versatile."

Update (2/16) - With his senior season complete, Mbah Moute led Montverde in scoring (18.4) and rebounding (7.3), averaged 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocked shots, and shot 54.0 from the field, 51.0 (35-68) from three-point range and 61.0 from the foul line. He will play in the Commonwealth Classic All-Star game on April 2 in Richmond, VA and is a finalist to be selected for the Nike Hoops Summit All-Star game on April 9.

Darren Collison
A pure point guard, Collison enters 2004-05 as the No. 2 point guard in the West by insider.com. His other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, The Sporting News' No. 96 Player in the U. S. and second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West.

Last summer, Collison competed for the West team (1-4) at the 2004 USA Men's Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, CO. He appeared in five games (two starts) and averaged 21.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals, and shot .409 (18-44) from the field, .348 (8-23) from three-point range and .800 (4-5) from the foul line.

As a junior last season, Collison helped Etiwanda HS to a 31-3 overall record (No. 23 in the U. S.), 10-0 in the Baseline League and to the southern CA Regional final. In the final, Fairfax, led by current Bruin freshman Josh Shipp's 33 points, defeated Etiwanda 75-68OT. Fairfax went on to win the 2004 CA State Div. I Championship. In the Southern CA Regional semifinals, Etiwanda defeated Taft, led by current Bruin freshman Jordan Farmar, who scored 38 points in the loss.

The Div. 1-AA All-CIF Southern Section co-Player of the Year and an All-Area selection in 2004, Collison averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 5.4 assists for coach Dave Kleckner.

"Darren is an outstanding point guard," Howland said. "He's quick and fast. He has a feel for the game, with good passing abilities and court vision. He's a good on-ball defender with quick hands. He has a bright future in our program."

Update (2/16) - Averaging 21.4 points; Update (2/8) - LA Times No. 2 team ranking (23-1/Div. 1-AA); Update (1/25) - In the Southern Section Baseline League, Etiwanda HS is 19-1, 4-0.; Update (1/12) - Averaging 20.7 points a game.; Update (1/5) - Has won three MVP awards in three tournaments (Oceanview Tournament of Champions/LA City Classic/Desert Heat Invitational). In Dec., averaged 21.0ppg and led team to a 13-0 start and current No. 2 USA Today national ranking.

Michael Roll
One of the premeir shooters in the western USA, Roll was recently named second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West. Last summer, Roll was impressive at the adidas Superstar Camp in Suwanee, GA.

As a junior in 2004, Roll helped lead Aliso Niguel HS to a 17-11 record. He led his team in three-point shooting and averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for coach Keith Barnett.

A two-time All-Sea View League performer, as a sophomore in 2003, Roll averaged 13.0 points and in the CIF Playoffs, he averaged 20.0 points a contest.

"Michael is tough and hard-nosed," said Howland. "He's a good shooter who understands the game. He has an excellent work ethic. Michael is a solid player with a promising future as a Bruin."

Update (2/16) - Averaging 25.0 points; Update (2/8) - LA Times No. 24 team ranking (22-3/Div. 1-A); Update (1/25) - In the Southern Section Seaview League, Aliso Niguel HS is 18-3, 5-0.; Update (1/12) - Averaging 23.3 points a game, 6.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists (team is 17-3 overall).; Update (1/5) - Averaged 23.4 points a game and was MVP of the Aztec Classic.

Ryan Wright
A fleet-footed big man who is a great leaper, Wright is rated the No. 15 power forward and No. 54 overall by Rivals.com. His other preseason honors include - No. 50 HoopScoop, No. 52 Scout.com, No. 53 TheInsidersHoops.com and No. 54 Future Stars.

Last summer, Wright was the top prospect at the Nike All-Canada Camp and played well at the NBA Players Association Camp in Richmond, VA.

Wright, who grew up in Toronto and moved to the suburb of Mississauga, in 2004 averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for coach Tony Santafonte. Regarded as a top Canadian Junior player, Wright is a potential 2008 Canada Olympic team candidate.

"Ryan has outstanding athletic talents," Howland said. "His ability to run and jump, at his size, is as good as any player of his size in the country. He has good hands and can block shots. I like his upside and as he develops, he has a chance to be a special player."

Update (1/5) - Averaging 20.0ppg and 10.0rpg.

"I am happy with this year's class," said Howland. "I think we filled our team's needs with quality players, as well as outstanding young men who will be joining our program."

BIBBY, SLAUGHTER INDUCTED INTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - At a dinner on Oct. 8, Bruin basketball greats Henry Bibby and Fred Slaughter were among eight former UCLA athletes (Class of 2004) who were inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame (they were also introduced at halftime of the UCLA-Arizona football game at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 9). Under legendary Bruin coach John Wooden, Henry Bibby, the current USC coach, was a three-year starting guard on three (1970-72) UCLA NCAA Championship teams. He earned All-American honors as a senior in 1972. Under Coach Wooden, Fred Slaughter was a three-year starter (1962-64) at center who played on UCLA's first NCAA Championship team (1964).

UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland

Ben Howland is in his second season as UCLA's head coach. Here's a quick year-by-year review of his previous Div. I collegiate head coaching career.

2003-04 (UCLA)- In Howland's first year at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.

2002-03 (Pittsburgh) - led the Panthers to its second consecutive NCAA "Sweet 16", to the school's first ever Big East Tournament title and second consecutive Big East West crown.

2001-02 (Pittsburgh) - Consensus National Coach of the Year, leading the Panthers to a school record 29 victories, NCAA "Sweet 16", Big East West title and Big East Tournament Championship game. 2000-01 (Pittsburgh) - Pitt advanced to the second round of the NIT and to the Big East Tournament Championship game.

1999-00 (Pittsburgh) - first season at Pitt.

1998-99 (Northern Arizona) - first team in NCAA history to lead the NCAA in both FG% (52.3) and 3-PT FG% (44.5).

1997-98 (Northern Arizona) - led NAU to first-ever NCAA Tournament bid and to the Big Sky regular and postseason titles. Led nation in 3-PT FG% (43.0), second in FG% (52.3).

1996-97 (Northern Arizona) - orchestrated the 10th best single-season turnaround in NCAA history. Big Sky regular season champion and led nation in 3-PT FG% (4.19) and second in FG% (51.6).

1995-96 (Northern Arizona) - second year at NAU.

1994-95 (Northern Arizona) - first year at NAU.

HOWLAND PRESS CONFERENCES - held (most Tuesdays) in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room at 1:30 p.m./following Howland, Bruin players will be available in the press room at 2 p.m.. Here's the schedule - Feb. 22, March 1, March 8

HOWLAND/PAC-10 WEEKLY HEAD COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE CALL - Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 28 (and every Tuesday during the regular season/last call Tuesday, March 9). It begins at 10:30 a.m. through 11:47 a.m. (Howland is 11:47-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number is 913-981-5532(taped replay-402-222-9927).

BRUIN NOTES
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory over No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked team in as many years (best in NCAA history, beating a No. 1 ranked team four years in a row). On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.

UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions, ranking first on the all-time list along with North Carolina. Behind the Bruins and the Tar Heels - Maryland (9), Duke/Georgia Tech (8), Oklahoma/Notre Dame (7) and Kentucky/Ohio State (6).

In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-12 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's 73-60 loss to Stanford in Pauley Pavilion and an overtime win vs. Arizona in the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region "Sweet 16".

PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - Pauley is in its 40th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 546-84 (630 games, .867). The Bruins are 9-3 in Pauley this season and were 9-6 in 2003-04 and 5-10 in 2002-03.

UCLA's overtime win vs. No. 18 Cal on Feb. 20, 2003 was UCLA's 600th game in Pauley Pavilion. The win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th victory on its home court.

On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.

The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).

On Dec. 20, 2003, the playing floor in Pauley Pavilion was dedicated "Nell and John Wooden Court".

UCLA HISTORY - Midway through the 2004-05 season (85+ years), the Bruins have an overall school record of 1,550-700 (2,250 games, .689).

UCLA's 11 NCAA Championships is an NCAA record (Kentucky is second with seven), UCLA has been to 14 Final Fours (Kentucky 13) and the Bruins are second in NCAA Tournament appearances (36, Kentucky is first with 44). In NCAA play, the Bruins are also second in victories (85) and winning percentage (.733).

BRUINS IN THE NBA

The Bruins had 11 players on Fall Camp 2004-05 rosters (nine on regular season rosters): Trevor Ariza (New York Knicks, rookie season); Matt Barnes (Sacramento Kings, second season, spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers); Mitchell Butler (waived-Denver Nuggets, ninth season/retired from the NBA and returned to the Washington Wizards, where he played in 2003-04, and was named Director of Player Development); Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets, sixth season); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks, third season); Jason Kapono (Charlotte Bobcats, second season, spent his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers); Darrick Martin (LA Clippers-10th season); Jelani McCoy (waived-Milwaukee Bucks/picked up by Atlanta Hawks-waived, sixth season/signed with Long Beach-ABA); Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 18th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fifth season-released/signed with New Jersey-released/signed with Cleveland); Tracy Murray (waived-NY Knicks, 13th season, spent last year with Portland Trail Blazers) and Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, fourth season).

MEDIA SERVICES

XTRA SPORTS 570 - The 2004-05 basketball season is UCLA's eighth with XTRA Sports and owner ClearChannel. On Feb. 3, XTRA's sports programming moved to 570 AM.

All remaining regular-season games will be on XTRA Sports 570 (KLAC) with the exception of the Feb. 24, Feb. 27 and Mar. 3 games, which will be on the Fabulous 690 (XTRA), due to conflicts.

Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 13th season as the voice of the Bruins. Joining Roberts, who is a Wooden Award and Heisman Trophy voter, in his third season as analyst is Don MacLean, the leading scorer (2,608, 1989-92) in UCLA and Pac-10 history.

Roberts was nationally recognized on Oct. 27, 2003 by ESPN's Dick Vitale, when Vitale placed Roberts on his "All-Radio Voices Team". Vitale called it his "All-Cawood Ledford Team", in honor of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster. Roberts joined 15 other well-known college play-by-play voices on Vitale's "Sweet 16" broadcast team.

ON THE INTERNET - UCLA games were also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans could also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929). UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com).

PAC-10 - Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 15 and continuing through the season. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.

UCLA PLAYER UPDATES/ALPHABETICAL

4 Arron Afflalo (A-fla-lo)
6-5, 206, Fr., F, Compton, CA (Centennial)

2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 54 incoming freshman in the U. S., Basketball News No. 25 incoming freshman in the U. S..

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - Named with Jordan Farmer as one of five top national Diaper Dandy Duos by ESPN's Dick Vitale. In 23 starts, Afflalo is averaging 31.1 minutes (No. 3 on the team), 10.2 points (No. 3), 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists (No. 2) and shooting .421 (82-195) from the field, .363 (No. 2, 29-80) from three-point range and .677 (42-62) from the foul line. He has scored in double figures in 13 games (14 at Cal, 13 Ariz, 10 Cal, 13 Ariz, 17 ASU, 10 Wash, 12 at OSU, 16 Mich. St., 11 Pepp, 11 BC, season-high 21 LBS, 14 UCI, 13 WIU) and has led the Bruins in scoring twice (14 UCI, 13 WIU).

AFFLALO'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 39 minutes vs. WSU (2/3); 21 points vs. LBS (11/30); 7 rebounds vs. Stan (2/20); 6 assists vs. OSU (12/31), LBS (11/30); 2 steals vs. BC (12/5); 1 blocked shot vs. Wash (2/5), WSU (2/3), ASU, (1/13), Wash (1/8), OSU (12/31) .

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in his first collegiate start, Afflalo played 34 minutes, with five points, three rebounds and assists and one steal and limited opposing guard Terren Wilson to just two points ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played 24 minutes, with a game-high tying 13 points (5-10, 207, 1-2) and two rebounds ... In his third start vs. UC Irvine, Afflalo played 31 minutes, with a team-high tying 14 points (4-9, 1-3, 5-6), four rebounds, two assists and one steal (with freshman backcourt teammate Jordan Farmar, for the week of Nov. 29, named a Dick Vitale Co-Diaper Dandy of the Week) ... In 36 minutes vs. Long Beach State, Afflalo missed only one shot and scored a season-best 21 points (7-7, 3-3, 4-5), and recorded season-highs in rebounds (team-high tying five), assists (team-high tying six) and one steal ...In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Afflalo played 30 minutes, with 11 points (4-10, 1-5, 2-4), three rebounds, three assists and a season-high two steals ... Vs. Pepperdine, he played 33 minutes, with 11 points (4-11, 0-4, 3-3), one rebound and two assists ... In 34 minutes vs. Michigan, Afflalo had nine points, a season-high tying five rebounds and two assists ... Vs. Michigan State, in 38 minutes, he scored 16 points (6-11, a season-best 4-5, 0-2), with a season-high tying five rebounds, two assists and one steal ...At Oregon State, Afflalo in 27 minutes scored three points, with one rebound, a season-high tying six assists and a season-high one blocked shot, before fouling out ... In 30 minutes at Oregon, Afflalo scored 12 points (4-9, 1-1,3-4), with four rebounds, three assists and one steal ... In 30 minutes vs. WSU, he had three points, two rebounds and one assist ... In 30 minutes vs. Washington, he contributed 10 points, two assists and one rebound ... At ASU, he had 17 points (7-12, 1-4, 2-2) and four assists in 30 minutes ... At Arizona, he contributed 13 points (4-11, 3-5, 2-2), two rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes. His three-pointer with 18 seconds remaining tied the game at 73-all ... In 35 minutes against Stanford, he had nine points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal ... Against California, he had 10 points (he hit three straight three-pointers to end the game), one rebound and one steal in 29 minutes ... In the win at USC, he had nine points - all in the second half (3-7, 3-4, 0-0), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 points ... He hit three three-pointers in a 1:34-span to give UCLA a 62-57 lead with 7:18 remaining ... At WSU, he played a career-high 39 minutes and had four points, one rebound, one assist and one block ... At Washington, he had five points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes ... In 30 minutes against ASU, he had eight points, three assists and one rebound ... In 26 minutes vs. Arizona, he had 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal ... At Cal, he had 14 points (4-6, 6-9), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes ... At Stanford, he had five points, a career-high seven rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes..

11 Jordan Farmar (Far-mar)
6-2, 170, Fr., G, Los Angeles, CA (Taft)

2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 4 incoming freshman in the U. S., Basketball News No. 20 incoming freshman in the U. S., Lindy's No. 4 Fabulous Freshman in the U. S./Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year., The Sporting News No. 13 incoming freshman in the U. S.

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - Named as the nation's Top Mid-Season Diaper Dandy by ESPN's Dick Vitale and the nation's Freshman of the Year at the season's mid-point by The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy and Benson Taylor. Also named with Arron Afflalo as one of five top national Diaper Dandy Duos..

Farmar is a top candidate for National and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. He has already been selected second-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). In 23 starts, Farmar is averaging a team-high 34.7 minutes, 13.5 points (No. 2 on the team), 3.5 rebounds, a team-high 5.13 assists, 1.39 steals (No. 1) and shooting .416 (96-231) from the field, .358 (No. 3, 29-81) from three-point range and .789 (No. 2, 90-114) from the foul line. He is 11th in the Pac-10 in scoring, second in assists, ninth in steals and third in minutes played.

In his last four games, he has scored 76 points (19.0 average), making 24 of 49 (.490) shots from the floor, 9 of 22 (.409) three-point field goals and 19 of 23 (.826) free throws, including 11 of 11 in the Bay Area.

He has scored in double figures 17 of his 23 games (16 at Stanford, 15 at Cal, 27 Ariz, 18 ASU, 12 WSU, 15 Ariz, 20 ASU, 13 Wash, 19 WSU, 12 at UO, 12 at OSU, 11 Mich., season-high 25 Pepp, 14 BC, 14 UCI, 12 WIU, 11 CSU), has led the Bruins in scoring on six occasions (27 Ariz, 20 ASU, 19 WSU, 25 Pepp, 14 BC, 14 UCI).

He has been UCLA's assist leader in 20 of 23 games (7 at Stan, 5 Ariz, 7 ASU, 5 Wash, 7 WSU, 6 USC, 6 Cal, 4 Stan, ASU, 5, Wash 7, WSU 6, at OSU 6, Mich. St. 4, Mich. 9, 4 Pepp, 4 BC, 6 LBS, 4 UCI, 6 WIU, 5 CSU). In a four-game span in January (WSU, Wash, ASU, Ariz), he had 67 points (16.8 average), 20 assists (5.0), 10 steals (2.5) and 18 rebounds (4.5) in 149 minutes (37.3).

FARMAR'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 46 minutes vs. WSU (1/6); 27 points vs. Arizona (2/12); 7 rebounds vs. Cal (2/17); 9 assists vs. Mich. (12/18); 4 steals vs. ASU (2/10), WSU (1/6); 1 blocked shot vs. Wash (2/5), Mich. St. (12/21).

FARMAR'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (2/21) - Scoring - 11th, 13.5; Assists - 2nd, 5.13; Steals - 9th, 1.39; A/TO Ratio - 10th, 1.28; Min. Played - 3rd, 34.65. Pac-10 Games Only (2/21) - Scoring - T-12th, 13.9; Assists - 2nd, 5.07; Steals - T-4th, 1.80; Min. Played - 4th, 35.07.

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in his first collegiate start, Farmar played a game-high 35 minutes, with 11 points (3-6, 3-5, 2-2), four rebounds and a game-high five assists ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played 36 minutes, with 12 points (4-9, 2-4, 2-2), two rebounds and a game high six assists ... In his third start vs. UC Irvine, Farmar played 31 minutes, with a team tying 14 points (5-10, 1-2, 3-4), three rebounds, a team-high four assists and one steal (with freshman backcourt teammate Arron Afflalo, for the week of Nov. 29, named a Dick Vitale Co-Diaper Dandy of the Week) ... In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, he played 33 minutes, with eight points, one rebound, six assists and a game-high three steals ... In his fifth collegiate start vs. Boston College, Farmar played 36 minutes, with a team-high 14 points (3-11, 0-3, 8-8), a game-high tying four assists and one steal ... Vs. Pepperdine (sixth start), in 31 minutes, Farmar scored 25 points (8-11, 2-2, 7-7, including 21 in the second half) and nine of UCLA's final 11 points, including the game winning drive and bucket with four seconds remaining, in the Bruins' 85-83 comeback win ...Also contributed three rebounds, a team-high four assists and only one turnover ... Was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, Dick Vitale's Diaper Dandy of the Week (second time this season) and Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week ... In 35 minutes vs. Michigan (seventh start), Farmar played 35 minutes, with 11 points (2-6, 1-2, 6-8) and a season-best nine assists ... In 34 minutes at Michigan State (eighth start), he had seven points, a season-high six rebounds, four assists and a season-high one blocked shot ... In a season-best 37 minutes at Oregon State (ninth start), Farmar scored 12 points (4-8, 1-3, 3-4), with two rebounds, a game-high tying six assists, one steal and a season-high nine turnovers ... At Oregon, in 27 minutes he had 12 points (2-9, 0-1, 8-8), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and only one turnover ... Also credited with excellent defense against Oregon point guard Aaron Brooks (held to 14 points, had a career-best 34 points vs. USC) and down the stretch vs. the Ducks, Farmar was 6-6 from the foul line ... In the double-overtime comeback win against WSU, he led the Bruins with 19 points (8-14, 2-4, 1-1) and added six assists, a season-high four steals four rebounds and zero turnovers in 46 minutes. He scored 12 points in the second half and five in the first overtime ... In the comeback win over No.12 Washington, he had 13 points, seven assists, two rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 34 minutes ... For his efforts vs. the Washington schools in Pauley Pavilion, Farmar was named the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week (second time this season) ... At ASU, he led the Bruins with 20 points (6-11, 1-3, 7-7) and added six rebounds, five assists and three steals in 35 minutes ... At Arizona, he played 34 minutes and had 15 points (4-12, 1-4, 6-10), six rebounds, two assists and one steal ... In 31 minutes against Stanford, he had eight points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals ... Against California, he had seven points, six assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes ... In the win at USC, he had seven points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes ... In 38 minutes at WSU, he had 12 points, seven assists, three rebounds and one steal ... He found Dijon Thompson at the end of regulation, leading to Thompson's game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation and hit a three-pointer of his own in overtime ... At Washington, he had eight points, five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block in 37 minutes ... In 31 minutes versus ASU, he had 18 points (5-7, 3-3, 5-6) -- all in the second half (he made all five shots) -- and added seven assists, four rebounds and a career high-tying four steals ... In 38 minutes against Arizona, he scored a career-high 27 points (10-17, 4-8, 3-6), including 15 in the first half ... The 27 points were the most by a Bruin freshman since Jason Kapono scored 27, twice in 1999-00) ... He added five rebounds, five assists and two steals ... At Cal, he had 15 points (5-9, 1-5, 4-4), a career-high seven rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes ... In 36 minutes at Stanford, he had 16 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal.

45 Michael Fey (Fay), 7-0, 270, Jr., C,
Olympia, WA (Capital HS)

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - In 23 games (22 starts), Fey is averaging 22.4 minutes, 8.5 points (No. 5), 4.5 rebounds (No. 3) and shooting .546 (No. 2, 77-141) from the field and .737 (No. 4, 42-57) from the foul line. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds (No. 3).

Has scored in double figures eight times (12 Cal, 17 Stan, 10 at ASU, 13 at UO, career-high 23 at OSU,13 Pepp, 13 UCI, 11 WIU). He has led the Bruins in scoring three times (23 at OSU, 17 Stan, 10 Cal), rebounding five times (7 Ariz, 6 ASU, 11 Stan, 7 at OSU, season-high 9 UCI) and blocked shots five times (1 Ariz, 1 Stan, 1 WSU, 1 Mich., season-high 2 Pepp).

In his last 15 games, he has made 53 of 100 (.530) field goal attempts. In the last 11 games, he has made 15 of 18 (.833) free throws.

FEY'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UCI (11/27); 23 points vs. OSU (12/31); 11 rebounds vs. STAN (1/20); 2 assists vs. CSU (11/20); 1 steal vs. Ariz (2/12), ASU (2/10), Wash (2/5), OSU (12/31), BC (12/5), CSU (11/20); 2 blocked shots vs. Pepp (12/11).

FEY'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (2/21) - FG% - 4th, .546. PAC-10 GAMES ONLY (2/21) - FG% - 8th, .530.

FEY'S CAREER HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UCI (11/27/04), UC Riverside (12/3/03); 23 points vs. Oregon State (12/31/04); 11 rebounds vs. STAN (1/20/05); 2 assists vs. Chicago State (11/20/04), Arizona (1/17/04); 2 steals vs. Washington (1/10/04); 3 blocked shots vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Portland (12/14/02).

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In a start vs. Chicago State, Fey played 32 minutes, with six points, seven rebounds, a career-high tying two assists and one blocked shot and steal and held CSU center Deji Akindele scoreless ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played 22 minutes, with 11 points (5-8, 0-0, 1-2), four rebounds and one assist ... In a career-high tying 33 minutes vs. UC Irvine (start), Fey scored a season-high 13 points (5-7, 0-0, 3-3/11 points in the first half), with a career and game-high nine rebounds ...In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, Fey played 22 minutes, with six points and two rebounds ...In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Fey played 17 minutes, with five points, four rebounds and one steal ... In 18 minutes (sixth start) vs. Pepperdine, he had a season-high tying 13 points (4-5, 0-0,5-6), six rebounds and a season-best two blocked shots ... In 16 minutes vs. Michigan (seventh start), Fey had eight points, one rebound and one assist and blocked shot ... He did not start at Michigan State, in 14 minutes, with six points, one rebound and one assist ... In his eighth start at Oregon State, Fey in 30 minutes scored a career and game-high 23 points (10-14, 0-0, 3-4), with a team-high tying seven rebounds and a season-high tying one steal ... In 21 minutes at Oregon, Fey had 13 points and four rebounds. ... In 19 minutes against WSU, he had seven points, one rebound, one assist and one block ... In 11 minutes vs. Washington, he had six points and three rebounds ... At ASU, he helped the Bruins played superb defensive pressure on Ike Diogu (15 points on 6-22 shooting) and added 10 points (4-7, 2-2) and five rebounds ... At Arizona, he had four points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. ... In 31 minutes against Stanford, he recorded his first career double-double with 17 points (6-12, 5-6) and a career-high 11 (5-6) rebounds, team highs in both categories, and added one block ... Against California, he had a team-high 12 points (5-10, 2-2) and added four rebounds and one block in 28 minutes ... In the win at USC, he had one point, four rebounds and one block in 25 minutes ... He played four minutes at WSU and had two points ... In 17 minutes at Washington, he had seven points (3-4, 1-1), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block ... In 29 minutes vs. ASU, he had seven points, six rebounds (tied for the team high) and one steal and helped hold Ike Diogu to just four field goals (10 shots) ... In 27 minutes against Arizona, he had two points, a team-high seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block ... At Cal, he had eight points (4-11), four rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes, taking 10 shots from the field in the first half ... In 22 minutes at Stanford, he scored UCLA's first seven points of the game, and finished with nine points (4-9, 1-1) and two rebounds.

15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, Jr., C,
Pasadena, CA (Muir HS)

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - In 22 games (six starts), Hollins is averaging 17.1 minutes, 4.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, a team-high 0.91 blocked shots and shooting .526 (30-57, No. 3 on the team) from the field and .640 (32-50) from the line.

He's led the Bruins in blocked shots on 12 occasions (1 at Stan, 1 at Cal, 2 Wash, 1 WSU, 1 Stan, 1 Ariz, 1 ASU, 1 WSU, 2 Mich. St., 1 LBS, season-high 5 UCI, 2 CSU).

HOLLINS' 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. WSU (2/3); 13 points vs. WSU (1/6); 8 rebounds vs. WSU (2/3); 2 assists vs. BC (12/5), UCI (11/27); steals vs.; 5 blocked shots vs. UCI (11/27).

HOLLINS' 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (2/21) - BLKS - 7th, 0.91. . PAC-10 GAMES ONLY (2/21) - 10th, 0.64.

HOLLINS' CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. WSU (2/3/05), ASU (2/12/04); 21 points vs. USC (1/28/04); 11 rebounds vs. Oregon (1/30/03); 4 assists vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 2 steals vs. California (2/19/04); 7 blocked shots vs. Oregon (1/30/03).

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In a start vs. Chicago State, Hollins played 24 minutes, with season-high 11 points (4-5, 0-0, 3-4), seven rebounds, one assist and a game-high two blocked shots ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played 29 minutes, with nine points and three rebounds ... In 27 minutes vs. UC Irvine (start), Hollins had six points, three rebounds, two assists and a season and game-high five blocked shots ... In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, Hollins played 22 minutes with four points, two rebounds and one assist and blocked shot ... In 26 minutes off the bench vs. Boston College, he contributed two points, one rebound and two assists ... Vs. Pepperdine (start), Hollins played 28 minutes, with six points, five rebounds and one assist and blocked shot ...In 17 minutes vs. Michigan (start), he had nine points and two rebounds ... He did not start at Michigan State, in 16 minutes, had one rebound and two blocked shots ... At Oregon State, Hollins played two minutes and did not play vs. Oregon ... In the double-overtime win over WSU, he came off the bench with a season-high 13 points (2-5, 9-15), seven rebounds and one block in a season-high 30 minutes ... In 12 minutes against Washington, he had four points and two rebounds ... At ASU, he had six points, including the first three-point basket of his career, five rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes ... Against Arizona, he had four points, four rebounds and one block in 18 minutes ... In six minutes against Stanford, he had one rebound and one block ... He played one minutes vs. California and had one rebound ... He played five minutes against USC with one rebound ... At WSU, he tied his career-high by playing 36 minutes and contributed eight points, a season-high eight rebounds, one assist and one block ... He started the second half and played the final 25 minutes of the game ... At Washington, he had two points, three rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 13 minutes ... He had two points and two rebounds in 11 minutes against ASU ... In 13 minutes vs. Arizona, he had two points and six rebounds ... In 11 minutes at Cal, he had two points, one rebound and three blocks ... In 14 minutes at Stanford, he had three points, four rebounds and one block.

54 JOSIAH (Jo-sigh-a) JOHNSON, 6-8, 255, Sr., F,
Los Angeles, CA (Montclair Prep)

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - In seven games, Johnson is averaging 2.9 minutes, 0.1 points and 1.3 rebounds. He is averaging 18.0 rebounds per 40 minutes. Josiah wears No. 54, the same number as his father's (Marques Johnson) retired No. 54 (the same number his older brother Kris wore from 1995-98). At the conclusion of Josiah's UCLA career, No. 54 will be permanently retired.

JOHNSON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 5 minutes vs. Cal (1/22), Mich. (12/18); 1 point vs. CSU (11/20); 3 rebounds vs. WIU (11/23); assist vs. ; steal vs. ; blocked shot vs. .

JOHNSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. Kentucky (12/06/03); 9 points vs. USD (11/26/02); 9 rebounds vs. Loyola (12/13/03); 2 assists vs. California (1/24/04); 2 steals vs. Arizona (1/18/03); 2 blocked shots vs. USD (11/26/02).

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Played three minutes off the bench vs. Chicago State, with one point and rebound ... Vs. Western Illinois, Johnson played three minutes with a season-high three rebounds ...Did not play vs. UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Boston College and Pepperdine ... In a season-best 5 minutes off the bench vs. Michigan, Johnson had two rebounds ... Johnson did not play at Oregon State and played one minute at Oregon ... He did not play against WSU, Washington, ASU, Arizona or Stanford ... In five minutes against California, he grabbed two defensive rebounds ... Johnson did not play at USC, at WSU, at Washington, vs. ASU or Arizona ... He played one minute at California ... In two minutes at Stanford, he had one rebound.

14 Lorenzo Mata, 6-8, 231, Fr., C/F,
Huntington Park, CA (South Gate)

2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 25 incoming freshman in the U. S.

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - In 20 games (one start), Mata is averaging 10.1 minutes, 2.2 points and 3.0 rebounds and shooting a team-high .567 (17-30) from the field and .500 (10-20) from the foul line. He is averaging 11.7 rebounds per 40 minutes of action.

He has led the Bruins in rebounding in two games (at Oregon 7, Oregon State 7).

In his last 15 games, he has made 12 of 19 (.632) field goals.

MATA'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 22 minutes vs. Pepp (12/11); 8 points vs. USC (1/29); 11 rebounds vs. Pepp (12/11); 1 assist vs. ASU (1/13), UO (1/2); 1 steal vs. Ariz (2/12), OSU (12/31), Pepp (12/11); 2 blocked shots vs. USC (1/29), UO (1/2).

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Missed the Chicago State and Western Illinois games with a sprained left ankle ...In his first collegiate game vs. UC Irvine, Mata played seven minutes with one rebound and blocked shot ... In his second collegiate game vs. Long Beach State, he played six minutes with one point ... Vs. Boston College, Mata played 18 minutes, with four points and five rebounds ... Vs. Pepperdine, Mata had season-highs in minutes (22), and rebounds (11) and added seven points, one block and one steal ... In nine minutes vs. Michigan, he had four points ... In his first start vs. Michigan State, Mata played 15 minutes, with six rebounds ... In 10 minutes at Oregon State, Mata had three points, a team-high tying seven rebounds and one steal ... In 20 minutes at Oregon, Mata had five points, a team-high tying seven rebounds, one assist and a game-high two blocked shots ... In eight minutes vs. WSU, he had two points in eight minutes ... In 19 minutes against Washington, he had four points, four rebounds and one block. He had a key offensive rebound and basket to give the Bruins a five-point lead with 27 seconds remaining. In a five-game span (MSU, OSU, UO, WSU, UW), he averaged 4.8 rebounds in 14.4 minutes ... At ASU, he had two points, one rebound, one rebound and one block in five minutes ... He played three minutes against Arizona ... In eight minutes against Stanford, he had one rebound ... Against California, he had two points, four rebounds and one block in 12 minutes ... In the win at USC, he scored a career-high eight points (3-4, 2-2) and added four rebounds (three offensive) and two blocks in 13 minutes ... At WSU, he had one rebound in five minutes ... At Washington, he grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes ... He played the final two minutes against ASU ... In six minutes against Arizona, he had two points, two rebounds and one steal ... He did not play at Cal due to a bruised sternum ... In four minutes at Stanford, he had two rebounds and one blocked shot.

25 Matt McKinney, 6-8, 222, So., F,
Santa Ynez, CA (Santa Ynez)

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - In 20 games (one start), he is averaging 6.8 minutes, 0.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. He is averaging 10.7 rebounds per 40 minutes. McKinney wears No. 25, Gail Goodrich's recently retired number. Goodrich has told McKinney that he can continue to wear No. 25 throughout his UCLA career.

McKINNEY'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 13 minutes vs. UCI (11/27), WIU (11/22); 4 points vs. USC (1/29); 9 rebounds vs. WIU (11/23); 1 assist, five times, last vs. WSU (1/6); 1 steal vs. Ariz (2/12), BC (12/5); blocked shots vs.

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in the first game of his Bruin career, McKinney came off the bench and played 11 minutes with one rebound ... In a season-high 13 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, he had two points and a season-high nine rebounds and one assist ... In a season-high tying 13 minutes vs. UC Irvine, McKinney had a season-high three points, three rebounds and one assist ... In 11 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had three rebounds ... In his first career start (10 minutes) vs. Boston College, he had four rebounds and a season-high one steal ... In 12 minutes vs. Pepperdine, McKinney contributed two points, two rebounds and one assist ... Vs. Michigan in six minutes, he contributed two points, three rebounds and a season-high tying one assist ... At Michigan State, he played one minute ... McKinney played nine minutes at both Oregon State (two points and rebounds) and Oregon (one rebound) ... He had one rebound and one assist in eight minutes vs. WSU ... He had one rebound in three minutes against Washington ... He did not play at ASU ... At Arizona, he had one rebound in one minute ... He played four minutes vs. Stanford ... He did not play against California ... In the win at USC, he had a career-high four points (1-2, 2-2) and three rebounds in nine minutes ...At WSU, he had one rebound in five minutes ... At Washington, he played one minute ... He played the final minute against ASU ... He had one steal in five minutes vs. Arizona ... He played three minutes at Cal ... He did not play at Stanford.

3 Brian Morrison, 6-2, 192, Sr., G,
Redmond, WA (Lake Washington HS)

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - In 23 games off the bench, Morrison is averaging 21.7 minutes, 7.6 points (No. 6), 2.0 rebounds and 1.65 assists and shooting .368 (57-155) from the field, .357 (No. 4, 35-98) from three-point range and .765 (No. 3, 26-34) from the foul line. He has scored in double figures in 10 games. In his 15 Pac-10 games, Morrison is averaging 23.1 minutes and 8.5 points (T-No. 5 on the team) while shooting .417 (43-106) from the field, a team-high .400 (26-65) from three-point range and .800 (No. 2, 16-20) from the free throw line.

MORRISON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 29 minutes vs. WASH (1/8), WSU (1/6); 19 points vs. WASH (1/8); 4 rebounds vs. LBS (11/30), CSU (11/20); 4 assists vs. Cal (2/17), Wash (2/5), WIU (11/23); 3 steals vs. UO (1/2); 1 blocked shot vs. ASU (2/10), Cal (1/22).

MORRISON'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS; PAC-10 GAMES ONLY (2/21) - 3pt. FG% - 8th, .400; 3pt. FGs - 10th, 1.73.

MORRISON'S CAREER HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. Loyola Marymount (12/13/03); 28 points vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 9 rebounds vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 5 assists vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/17/03); 3 steals vs. Oregon (1/2/05); 1 blocked shot vs. ASU (2/10/05), Cal (1/22/05), MSU (12/21/04), Kentucky (12/6/04).

CAREER CHARTS - 3PT FG% - 11th, .385 (62-161).

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in 21 minutes off the bench, Morrison had 11 points (4-9, 2-6, 1-3), four rebounds, two assists and one steal ... In a season-best 26 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, Morrison had a game-high tying 13 points (4-10, 305, 2-2), two rebounds, four assists and one steal ... In 21 minutes off the bench vs. UC Irvine, Morrison had three points, two rebounds, one assist and steal ... In 23 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had 10 points (2-5, 1-2, 5-5) and a season-high tying four rebounds ... Vs. Boston College (16 minutes), Morrison had three points and one rebound and fouled out ... In 14 minutes vs. Pepperdine, he had three points and two assists ... In 16 minutes vs. Michigan, Morrison scored two points with one assist ... In 15 minutes vs. Michigan State, he had two points, three rebounds and assists and a season-high tying one steal ...At Oregon State, Morrison played 24 minutes, with 11 points (4-9, 3-8, 0-0), three rebounds, one assist and steal ... In 25 minutes at Oregon, he scored a game-high tying and season-best 15 points (5-8, 5-6 from three-point range, 0-0), with two rebounds, one assist and a career-best three steals ... Morrison's scoring aided UCLA in both halves ... Late in the first half at Oregon, his two three-pointers helped UCLA to a nine-point halftime lead (35-26) ... In the second half, his three, three-pointers assisted the Bruins in overcoming a late Oregon rally (Morrison hit a three-pointer with 2:36 left to play (59-54) and UCLA never relinquished the lead ... Against WSU, he played 29 minutes and had 15 points (5-11, 2-7, 3-4), two steals, one rebound and one assist ... In the win over Washington, he scored 19 points - all in the second half - and had three assists, two rebounds and two steals. In the second half, he made all six of his field goal attempts, including four three-pointers, and three free throws for his 19 points. With UCLA trailing 83-82 and four minutes remaining, Morrison outscored Washington 7-2 (three-pointer, field goal, two free throws) to give UCLA an 89-85 lead with 1:20 remaining ... At ASU, he had three points and two rebounds in 23 minutes ... At Arizona, he had two points, two rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes ... Against Stanford, he had 12 points (5-10, 2-3, 0-0), two assists and two rebounds in 24 minutes ... Against California, he had five points, two rebounds, one assist and one block in 25 minutes ... In the win at USC, he contributed six points (2-6, 2-4, 0-0), two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes ... At WSU, he had three points, two assists and one rebound in 14 minutes ... At Washington, he had six points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes ... In 27 minutes against ASU, he had 13 points (5-11, 3-5, 0-1), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block ... He contributed 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes against Arizona ... He had four points, four assists and three rebounds in 24 minutes at Cal ... In 24 minutes at Stanford, he had four points, two rebounds and one assist.

2 JANOU (ja-now) RUBIN, 6-3, 208, Sr., G,
Union City, CA (Logan HS)

INJURYUPDATE - Rubin has a left knee injury (lateral femoral condyle defect/bone chips) that required surgery on Jan. 6 (he will probably miss the rest of the season). Because of knee pain, Rubin did not play at Oregon State (12/31), but did play a season-high 16 minutes at Oregon (1/2). An MRI on Jan. 3 revealed the injury. For the season (five games), he had averaged 5.8 minutes, 1.0 points and 0.2 rebounds. As a junior last season, he earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for his efforts in UCLA's Pac-10 opening home wins over the Oregon schools . A walkon when he first came to UCLA, Rubin's career marks are 46 games, 3.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - In five games prior to his injury, Rubin averaged 5.8 minutes and 1.0 points.

RUBIN'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 16 minutes vs. UO (1/2); 3 points vs. Pepp (12/11); 1 rebound vs. Pepperdine (12/11); 1 assist vs. UO (1/2), Mich. St. (12/21); steals vs. ; blocked shots vs. .

RUBIN'S CAREER HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. Notre Dame (2/28/04); 13 points vs. Oregon (1/4/04), Oregon State (1/2/04); 4 rebounds vs. USC (1/28/04), California (1/24/04); 4 assists vs. Washington (1/10/04); 1 steal, six times, last vs. USC (2/25/04); 2 blocked shots vs. Oregon State (3/4/04).

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Did not play vs. Chicago State, Western Illinois, UC Irvine and Long Beach State ... Played two minutes off the bench vs. Boston College ... Vs. Pepperdine, Rubin recorded season-bests in minutes (six), points (three) and rebounds (one) ... In two minutes vs. Michigan, scored two points ... In three minutes vs. Michigan State, played three minutes with a season-high one assist ... Did not play at Oregon State, but played a season-high 16 minutes in the Bruins' win at Oregon (with a season-high tying one assist) ... Had season-ending surgery on Jan. 6.

12 Josh Shipp, 6-5, 200, Fr., G/F,
Los Angeles, CA (Fairfax)

2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 55 incoming freshman in the U. S.

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - In 23 games (the last 18 as a starter), Shipp is averaging 27.4 minutes, 9.0 points (No. 4 on the team), 4.9 rebounds (No. 2), 1.65 assists (T-No. 4) and 1.26 steals (No. 3). In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 9.3 points (No. 3) and 5.3 rebounds (No. 2 on the team).

Shipp has scored in double figures nine of the last 19 games (11 at Cal, 20 Wash, 13 USC, 12 Stan, 10 Wash, 11 WSU, season-high 18 Mich. St., 15 Pepp, 13 BC), has led the Bruins in scoring once (18 Mich. St.), rebounding four times (8 WSU, 7 USC, 9 ASU, season-high 12 Pepp) and in steals on 10 occasions (1 at Stan, 4 at Cal, 2 Ariz, 1 WSU, 3 Cal, Ariz and Mich., 1 Pepp, 3 BC, 1 WIU).

SHIPP'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 41 minutes vs. WSU (2/3); 20 points vs. Wash (2/5); 12 rebounds vs. Pepp (12/11); 4 assists vs. Cal (2/17), ASU (2/10); 4 steals vs. Cal (2/17); 1 blocked shot vs. Ariz (2/12)

SHIPP'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (2/21) - Rebounding - 18th, 4.9. PAC-10 GAMES ONLY (2/21) - Rebounding. - 17th, 5.3.

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In his first game as a Bruin, in 10 minutes off the bench vs. Chicago State, Shipp had two points and rebounds and one assist ... In 12 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, Shipp had four points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal ... In 10 minutes off the bench vs. UC Irvine, Shipp had nine points (scored seven points in 59 seconds in the first half), with three rebounds and one steal ... In 12 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had four rebounds and one steal ... Vs. Boston College, Shipp played 18 minutes., with 13 points (5-8, 2-4, 1-3/all in the second half, scored seven straight from 11:15-9:24), four rebounds, two assists and a season-best three steals ... In his first career start vs. Pepperdine, he recorded his first double/double - 15 points (7-12,1-3, 0-0) and a game and season-best 12 rebounds, with two assists and one steal ... In his second start vs. Michigan, Shipp played 32 minutes, with five points, three rebounds, one assist and a season-high tying three steals ... In 31 minutes vs. Michigan State (third start), Shipp had a game-high tying and season-best 18 points (6-11, 3-8, 3-3), with two rebounds and a season-best three assists ... In his fourth start at Oregon State, Shipp played 29 minutes, with eight points, three rebounds and season-high tying three assists ... In 21 minutes (fifth start) at Oregon, he did not score, but had three rebounds, one assist and one steal ... In 37 minutes in the double-overtime win over WSU, he had 11 points (4-10, 2-5, 1-3), eight rebounds, three assists and one steal ... In 25 minutes in the win over Washington, Shipp had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists ... At ASU, he led the Bruins with nine rebounds and added nine points and one steal in 27 minutes ... At Arizona, he had eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 36 minutes ... In 29 minutes against Stanford, he had 12 points, four rebounds and one steal ... Against California, he had nine points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist in 32 minutes ... In 33 minutes in the win at USC, he had 13 points (4-9, 3-6, 2-4), seven rebounds to tie for the game high and one steal ... In a career-high 41 minutes at WSU, he tied for the team lead with eight rebounds and added five points, two assists and one steal ... In 33 minutes at Washington, he scored a career-high 20 points (6-10, 2-4, 6-8) and added three rebounds and one assist ... In 31 minutes versus ASU, he had eight points (3-5, 0-2, 2-3), five rebounds and four assists ... In 33 minutes vs. Arizona, he had seven points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block ... Vs. the Arizona schools, Shipp played with a heavily taped and padded right leg (right quad contusion) ... At Cal, he contributed 11 points (4-8, 0-2, 3-4), six rebounds, a career high-tying four assists and a career-high four steals in 29 minutes ... In 33 minutes at Stanford, he had nine points (3-6, 0-2, 3-3), four rebounds and one steal.

1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 209, Sr., F/G,
Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union)

2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10; Basketball News second-team All-Pac-10; Lindy's third-team All-Pac-10; The Sporting News No. 14 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10.

Thompson is a candidate for the third annual Creamland Dairies Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence. He's on the "25-man Watch List" released Feb. 14/10 semi-finalists will be released on March 1. For the third consecutive season, the Albuquerque, NM Convention and Visitors Bureau will be rewarding those collegiate basketball student-athletes who have achieved on the playing court, in the classroom and in the community. The Creamland Dairies Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence honors seniors who will be completing their eligibility after the 2004-05 season (as a senior in 2002-03, UCLA's Jason Kapono was a finalist for this award).

2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - A first-team All-District 15 selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Thompson is a top candidate for Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and All-America acclaim.

Thompson is one of two players to rank in the Top Three in both scoring and rebounding in the Pac-10. In 22 games (21 starts), Thompson is UCLA's scoring (18.7) and rebound (8.1) leader and ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring and third in rebounding. He's averaging 34.0 minutes (No. 2 on the team), 2.09 assists (No. 3) and 1.32 steals (No. 2) while shooting .493 (147-298) from the field, a team-high .383 (31-81) from three-point range and a team-high .821 (87-106) from the foul line.

In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds and ranks third and fifth, respectively, in the league.

In his last seven games, he is averaging 23.0 points (161) and 7.1 rebounds (50) while shooting 55.1 (59 of 107) from the floor, 43.3 (13 of 30) from three-point range and 78.9 (30 of 38) from the line.

In a recent four-game span (USC, WSU, Wash, ASU), he averaged 27.3 points (109) and 6.8 rebounds (27) and shot 65.5 (38 of 58) from the field, 57.1 (8-14) from three-point range and 80.6 (25 of 31) from the line.

Thompson has scored in double figures in 20 games (19 at Stan, 23 at Cal, 10 Ariz, career-high 39 ASU, 22 at Wash, 24 at WSU, 24 at USC, 27 at Ariz, 19 at ASU, 29 Wash, 10 WSU, 13 at UO, 18 at OSU, at 15 Mich. St., 29 Michigan, 12 BC, 25 LBS, 14 UCI, 11 WIU, 17 CSU).

He has led the Bruins in scoring in six of the last seven games and 12 overall (19 at Stan, 23 at Cal, career-high 39 ASU, 22 at Wash, 24 at WSU, 24 at USC, 27 at Ariz, 29 Wash and Mich., 25 LBS, 14 UCI, 17 CSU).

He has led the Bruins, in rebounding on 17 occasions, including seven of the last eight (11 at Stan, 9 at Cal, 6 ASU, 6 at Wash, 8 at WSU, 7 at USC, 7 Cal, 10 at Ariz, 9 Wash, career-high 16 WSU, 7 at UO, 11 at Mich. St., 10 Mich., 6 BC, 5 LBS, career-high 16 WIU, 8 CSU), in steals eight times (1 at Stan, 2 Ariz, 1 at WSU, 3 at USC, 3 at Ariz, 1 at OSU, 2 UCI, 2 CSU) and in blocked shots four times (2 Cal, 2 BC, 1 LBS, 1 WIU).

For the season, he has six double/doubles (19-10 at Stan, 27-10 at Ariz, 10-16 WSU, 15-11 at Mich. St., 29-10 Mich., 11-16 WIU). Thompson has scored over 20 points on nine occasions, including five of the last seven games (23 at Cal, career-high 39 ASU, 22 at Wash, 24 at WSU, 24 at USC, 27 at Ariz, 29 Wash and Mich., 25 Long Beach St.) and UCLA is 7-2 in those nine games.

THOMPSON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 43 minutes vs. WSU (2/3), WSU (1/6); 39 points vs. ASU (2/10); 16 rebounds vs. WSU (1/6), WIU (11/23); 5 assists vs. ASU (2/10); 3 steals vs. ASU (2/10), USC (1/29), Ariz (1/15); 2 blocked shots vs. Cal (1/22), BC (12/5).

THOMPSON'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (2/21) - Scoring - 2nd, 18.7; Rebounding - 3rd, 8.1; FT% - 8th, .821; DEF Rebs. - 2nd, 6.14; MIN - 4th, 34.05. PAC-10 GAMES ONLY (2/21) - Scoring - 3rd, 19.2; Rebounding - 5th, 7.7; FT% - 9th, .816; Steals - T-8th, 1.40; DEF Rebs. - 3rd, 5.93; MIN - 3rd, 35.60.

THOMPSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 43 minutes vs. WSU (2/3/05), WSU (1/6/05), California (2/20/03); 39 points vs. ASU (2/10/05); 16 rebounds vs. WSU (1/6/05), Western Illinois (11/23/04); 6 assists vs. Washington (1/10/04), Oregon State (1/2/04), Washington State (3/6/03); 4 steals vs. California (1/25/03) and Kansas (12/21/02); 3 blocked shots vs. USC (2/5/03).

CAREER CHARTS - Pts. - 1,354 45th Bruin in history to score over 1,000 points/No. 26 on the career chart (No. 25 Roy Hamilton, 1,355, 1976-79; No. 24 Rod Foster, 1,365, 1980-83; No. 23 Curtis Rowe, 1,371, 1969-71; No. 22 Kiki Vandeweghe, 1,380, 1977-80); 3-Pters - 121, 6th (5th, Earl Watson, 133, 1998-01); 3-PT Atts - 323, 6th (5th, 340, Billy Knight, 1998-03); FT PCT - .794 (218-274), 10th (9th, Greg Lee, .802, 1972-74).

2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In 30 minutes (start), Thompson led the Bruins vs. Chicago State, scoring a game-high 17 points (8-13, 1-3, 0-0) and a game-high tying eight rebounds, with two assists and a game-high tying and season-best two steals ... In a season-best 35 minutes (start) vs. Western Illinois, Thompson had a career-best 16 rebounds (Pac-10 leader/most rebounds since Dan Gadzuric got 16 rebounds on Feb. 14, 2002 in UCLA's 77-76 win over Arizona in Pauley Pavilion), with 11 points (2-8, 2-4, 5-6/first season double/double, second career), four assists and one blocked shot ...In 27 minutes (start) vs. UC Irvine, Thompson scored a team-high tying 14 points (4-13, 1-2, 5-6), with six rebounds, two assists and a game-high two steals ... In a season-high tying 35 minutes (start) vs. Long Beach State, he scored a game-high 25 points (7-12, 0-0, 11-12/one shy of tying his then-career-high of 26), a game-high tying five rebounds, one assist and a season-high tying two steals and one blocked shot ... In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Thompson played 27 minutes, with 12 points (5-13, 1-4, 1-1), a team-high six rebounds, two assists, one steal and a season-high two blocked shots ... With about five minutes left in the BC game, Thompson reopened the cut on his right hand and spent the remainder of the game in the lockerroom getting stitches (13) to repair the wound ... Because of his cut right hand, Thompson did not play vs. Pepperdine ... With the stitches still in his shooting hand, Thompson came off the bench vs. Michigan (28 minutes) and scored a career-best and game-high 29 points (12-14, 3-4, 2-3), a game-high 10 rebounds (second season double-double/third career), with one assist and steal (he was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week) ... In a start vs. Michigan State (33 minutes), he had 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds (third season double-double/fourth career), with two assists ... His 13 stitches were removed on Dec. 26 ... At Oregon State in 32 minutes, he scored 18 points (6-14, 2-6, 4-4), with six rebounds, three assists and a team-high tying one steal ... In 30 minutes at Oregon, Thompson had 13 points (3-11, 1-4, 6-6/was 4-4 from the line down the stretch to help seal UCLA's victory), with a team-high tying seven rebounds, four assists, with one steal and blocked shot ... In the double-overtime win over WSU, he had a career-high tying 16 rebounds and added 10 points and two assists in 43 minutes. He made three of four free throws down the stretch in the second overtime to seal the win ... In the comeback win over Washington, he tied his career high with 29 points (11-17, 2-3, 5-9) and added a game-high nine rebounds, three assists and one steal. He had 19 points (8-9, 1-1, 2-4) and all three assists in the second half. In one stretch, he had nine of UCLA's 13 points, taking UCLA from a 72-68 deficit to a an 82-81 lead ... At ASU, he had 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals and played outstanding help defense on Ike Diogu in 34 minutes ... At Arizona, he led the Bruins with 27 points (10-16, 1-3, 6-7) - 15 in the first half and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the year. He added three steals and one assist in 37 minutes ... In 32 minutes against Stanford, he had six points (all in the second half), six rebounds, two assists and one steal ... In 35 minutes against California, he had six points (all in the first half), a team-high seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks ... In the win at USC, he led the Bruins with a game-high 24 points (8-13, 0-1, 8-11), game-high tying seven rebounds, a game-high tying three steals and added one assist and one block in 32 minutes ... He scored 16 (6-9, 4-6) of his points in the second half, including eight of UCLA's final 10 points ... His two free throws with 57 seconds remaining gave UCLA the lead for good ... At WSU, he tied his career high by playing 43 minutes ... Thompson had 24 points (8-11, 1-2, 7-8), including 11 of UCLA's final 14 points in regulation, with a team-high tying eight rebounds and one steal ... His three-pointer at the buzzer forced the game to overtime and his basket with 41 seconds left in overtime broke a 56-56 tie and proved to be the winning points ... In 38 minutes at Washington, he led the Bruins with 22 points (9-16, 0-2, 4-4) and six rebounds and added one assist and one steal ... Thompson had the game of his career in the win over ASU ... He scored a career-high 39 points (13-18, 7-9, 6-8) and added a team-high (tied) six rebounds, five assists and three steals ... The last time a Bruin scored that many points in Pauley was Feb. 2, 1991, when Don MacLean tallied 39 against Pittsburgh ... It was the highest point total by a Bruin anywhere since Jan. 4, 2003, when Jason Kapono scored 44 at Washington State ... . He's just the ninth UCLA player in history to score 39 or more points in a game ... In the first half, he was virtually unstoppable, scoring 27 (10-12, 5-6, 2-2) of UCLA's 46 points ... The 27 points was the third-highest total ever by a Bruin in Pauley Pavilion (Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had first halves of 32 and 28 points) ... In 32 minutes against Arizona, he had 10 points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist ... At Cal, he scored at least 22 points for the fifth time in six games, finishing with a team-high 23 points (9-16, 2-4, 3-4), a team-high nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes ... At Stanford, he recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 19 points and 11 rebounds - both team highs - and added one assist and one steal in 38 minutes.


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