Feb. 27, 2004
LOOKING AHEAD - Following today's home nonconference contest with Notre Dame, the Bruins will travel for their final regular season Pac-10 trip, playing at the Oregon schools. On Thursday, March 4, UCLA is at Oregon State in Corvallis (7:30 p.m./TV-FSN/Radio-XTRA 690/1150 with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean) and on Saturday, March 6, the Bruins are at Oregon in Eugene (1 p.m./TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA 690/1150 with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). The following week, the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament (top eight league teams from the regular season) gets underway at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 11-13).
SATURDAY - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins, 11-13 overall and 7-9 (6th-place tie) in the Pac-10, plays its final regular season nonconference game of the season, hosting Mike Brey's Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 13-11 overall and 7-7 (7th-place tie) in the Big East Conference. It is also UCLA's last regular season home game of the 2003-04 season.
UCLA'S LAST GAME - Feb. 25 - at USC 78, UCLA 77 (OT) - Before 10,147 at the Sports Arena, UCLA overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to force the game into overtime, but USC's Desmon Farmer's 11 overtime points propelled the Trojans to a 78-77 OT victory. It was USC's fourth consecutive victory over the Bruins (and second season sweep of the two game series).
In the first half, the Bruins opened up a nine point lead (20-11, 11:27) on a jumper by T. J. Cummings. But USC outscored the Bruins in the next nine minutes 27-10 and led by eight at halftime (38-30).
In the second half, the Trojans opened up a 17-point lead (49-32, 17:41, on two free throws by Desmon Farmer). Over the next 16 minutes, UCLA mounted a comeback, and with 1:35 left in regulation, the Bruins tied the score at 65 (jumper by Ryan Hollins). That's how the first half ended (with five seconds left, Trevor Ariza tried hitting an open Bruin underneath, but the ball went out of bounds and the game headed into overtime).
In the overtime, UCLA jumped out to leads of five points twice, the final time at 74-69 (2:37, on a jumper by Cummings). But in the final 1:31 of overtime, Farmer scored nine of his 11 overtime points (he hit two three-pointers, a layup and a foul shot), to lead the Trojans from a 74-69 deficit to a 78-76 lead with 27 seconds left to play.
With .0.5 seconds left, USC's Nick Curtis fouled Dijon Thompson, who stepped to the foul line and missed the first shot (he inadvertently connected on the second shot/he was trying to bank it off the backboard to give the Bruins a chance at one more rebound and shot).
The Bruins had two players in double figures, Ariza's game and season-high tying 24 points (including a season-high tying four three-pointers) and Cummings' 14 points and team-high nine rebounds.
UCLA shot 45.3 (29-64) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and 61.9 (13-21) from the foul line, with 39 rebounds and 12 turnovers.
USC shot 41.2 (28-68) from the field, 21.4 (6-28/28 is an opponent season-high) from three-point range and 76.2 (16-21) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds (second-highest opponent total this season) and 12 turnovers. The Trojans were led by Farmer's 28 points and Jeff McMillan's 19 points and 18 rebounds.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and his 10th year as a collegiate head coach. In his career, Howland is 3-6 vs. Notre Dame. In his last two seasons 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.
2003-04 - UCLA (11-13, 24 games/45.8)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals - 10th Season (179-112, 291 games/61.5)
UCLA vs. NOTRE DAME - UCLA leads it 26-18 and the teams haven't played since 1995-96 (the Bruins won that game, 83-58 in South Bend/Notre Dame's last victory was 79-63 at South Bend in 1993-94). From 1966-67 through 1995-96, the teams played at least once a season and from 1971-72 through 1982-83, UCLA and ND faced each other twice a year. The historic series has produced many memorable games. In 1970-71, the No. 1 Bruins lost at No. 9 Notre Dame (89-82, Jan. 23, 1971) and then went on their historic 88-game winning streak before losing at No. 9 Notre Dame 71-70 on Jan. 19, 1974. Six days later at Pauley Pavilion, the No. 2 ranked Bruins avenged the loss, defeating the No. 1 Irish 94-73. On Feb. 11, 1979, No. 4 UCLA defeated No. 1 Notre Dame in South Bend, 56-52.
THE FIGHTING IRISH - Have lost their last two games in a row, both Big East contests, 61-50 at No. 8 Connecticut (Feb. 23) and 73-59 vs. No. 13 Providence on Tuesday in South Bend. Prior to the two losses, Notre Dame had a three-game winning streak, with victories vs. nationally-ranked Connecticut (80-74, Feb. 9 in South Bend), Seton Hall (71-68, Feb. 14 in South Bend) and at defending NCAA Champion Syracuse (84-72, Feb. 16). Junior Chris Thomas, a finalist for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard Award, is the team's leading scorer (19.1) and assist leader (4.9).
TRENDS - UCLA is holding opponents to shoot just 43.0 from the field. Only five opponents (Stanford 56.1, Arizona .544, at Arizona .535, UCSB .522, USC .509) have shot better than .500 and eight have been held below (or equal to) .400 (5-3, losing to Kentucky, Washington State,h, Arizona State,a). In 16 Pac-10 games, the Bruins are shooting 46.8 from the field and holding opponents to 44.2. UCLA has outrebounded eight of its last 19 opponents (but has been outrebounded in eight of its last 12 games, with two ties, for a 2-10 record), with three ties, for an 8-11 record. UCLA's 53 second-half point total against Oregon State is its highest output of the year for any half (17 points vs. Kentucky in the first half is the lowest). UCLA opponent halftime low is 14 vs. Cal,h.
Brian Morrison - Was named a starter before the Washington State game in Pauley Pavilion (Feb. 5), but on Feb. 4 in practice, he sprained his right ankle and did not play vs. the Washington schools in Pauley. Morrison returned to action at the Arizona schools, but his right ankle continues to bother him (he still wears a walking boot) and he has not played in the last three games (Cal/Stanford in Pauley and at USC). Morrison is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (8.5). It's his second injury this season -in UCLA's 64-58 win over Michigan State in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 20, Morrison suffered a left hamstring strain and missed nine games. In UCLA's 84-70 win over UC Riverside in Pauley, Morrison scored a career-high 28 points.
Josiah Johnson - Sprained his left knee on Feb. 16 and has also missed the last three games. He's appeared in 20 games (one start) and is averaging 8.8 minutes, 1.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.
Jon Crispin - Has made an impact at the end of his senior season and will start vs. Notre Dame (he also started vs. Stanford last week in Pauley). Averaging 9.9 minutes a game, Crispin vs. Cal in Pauley, had a season high six points (including two threes) in 17 minutes; in a career-high 28 minutes vs. Stanford, he had four points and a career-best four rebounds and he played four minutes at USC.
F - 4 Trevor Ariza, 6-7, 194, Fr., Los Angeles, CA (Westchester HS) - UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.9) and No. 2 rebounder (6.3, No. 11 in the Pac-10), he's the team leader in steals (34, 1.6, No. 6 in the Pac-10). Was mentioned the week of the Arizona home games (Jan. 15-17) by Dick Vitale as a Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandy (one of the Top 12 freshman in the U. S.) In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds. Has scored in double figures on 11 occasions and has led the Bruin in scoring three times (season-high 24 vs. Oregon State, 19 at St. John's, season-high tying 24 points at USC) and in rebounding seven times, including a season-high 14 at Michigan. At USC, Ariza led the Bruins with a team and season-high tying 24 points (8-15, 4 (season-high tying)-6, 4-7), with eight rebounds, two assists and steals in 36 minutes. Some of his other top games this year include - at Arizona, where he was two assists shy of a triple double (14/10/8, second double-double of the season); Oregon State, h (a season and game-high 24 points (11-13, 2-4, 0-2/20 points in the second half/most points by a Bruin freshman starter since Jason Kapono scored 27 points, twice in 2000) and a game-high nine rebounds) and at Michigan (first career double-double (15 points/game and season-high 14 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Bruin freshman starter since 1998-99, JaRon Rush had 15 rebounds vs. Washington (2/27/99) and Dan Gadzuric had 14 rebounds vs. Arizona State (1/4/99). In a three-game Pac-10 stretch (UCLA wins at the Washington schools and vs. Arizona State in Pauley), Ariza averaged 18.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Ariza did not play vs. Vermont, UC Riverside or Kentucky (spontaneous pneumothorax/the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs/diagnosed on Nov. 28).
F - 43 T. J. CUMMINGS, 6-9, 215, Sr., Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) - One of only 44 Bruins in history to score over 1000 points in a career (1016). The Bruins' No. 2 scorer (13.1, No. 14 in Pac-10) and No. 1 rebounder (6.7, No. 10 in Pac-10), he is shooting 56.8 from the field (No. 6 in Pac-10) and a team-best 83.7 (36-43) from the foul line. In 16 Pac-10 starts, Cummings is averaging 13.5 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds. He's led the Bruins in scoring eight times and in rebounding on 10 occasions, including the last three games. In a a three-game stretch earlier this season, he led the Bruins in both categories (wins at the Washington schools and home victory vs. ASU).At USC, Cummings scored 14 points, with a team-high nine rebounds in 36 minutes. He has scored in double figures 17 times, including the last seven contests. The Bruins are 4-0 when he has a double/double this season (19-10, Cal, h; 18-11, UW, h; 21-12, ASU, h; 22-11, UW, a). In UCLA's home win vs. Arizona State, Cummings recorded his second consecutive double-double with a game-high 21 points (7-15, 0-2, 7-7) and a season-high 12 rebounds, plus two assists in 36 minutes. In UCLA's wins over ASU and at Washington (season-high 22 points/11 rebounds), Cummings averaged 37.5 minutes, 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and only 2.0 turnovers, while shooting 55.6 (15-27) from the field, 40.0 (2-5) from three-point range and 91.7 (11-12) from the foul line. Missed UCLA's first four regular season games (was academically ineligible) and then led the Bruins in scoring in his first two games back (UC Santa Barbara 14 /Michigan State 13). He will be playing his final regular season game today in Pauley Pavilion.
C- 15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, So., Pasadena, CA (Muir HS) - In 24 games (13 starts, has started the last nine games at center, his first three starts early in the season were at forward), he's averaging 6.1 points and 4.5 rebounds (No. 3 on team), leads the team with 22 blocks (No. 8 in Pac-10) and is shooting 53.6 from the field. In 27 minutes at USC, Hollins contributed nine points, three rebounds and one assist and blocked shot. In UCLA's loss to USC in Pauley, Hollins recorded a career high 21 points (7-8, 7-9) and eight rebounds in 35 minutes. Also scored 11 points in UCLA's win over Oregon State, 10 points with eight rebounds vs. Kentucky and a season-high nine rebounds in UCLA's win vs. LMU. Last season, Hollins started the Bruins' final 14 games at center and earned Honorable Mention All Pac-10 Freshman honors. Last summer, Hollins was a member of the USA Junior World team.
G-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 198, Jr., Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union) - A co-captain, UCLA's No. 1 scorer (14.3, No. 10 in the Pac-10) and No. 4 rebounder (4.3), he's shooting 77.6 (59-76) from the foul line and is second on the team in minutes (33.6), with 2.4 assists. On the Bruin career chart, he's No. 11 in three-pointers (79, No. 10 Ed O'Bannon 91, 1992-95) and No. 10 in three-point attempts (No. 9 Tyus Edney 253, 1992-95). He's led UCLA in scoring in four of the last seven games. He's scored in double figures in 21 of 24 games and had a string of six consecutive double scoring games snapped at USC (nine points). He's led UCLA in scoring 10 times and in rebounding on three occasions. In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 14.3 points (No. 1), 4.0 rebounds, with 2.5 assists. In 38 minutes at USC, he had nine points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Led the Bruins in scoring at the Arizona schools (18 at ASU/20 at UA) and averaged 19 points vs. the Arizona schools in Pauley. Hit the winning free throws in UCLA victories at the Washington schools and made two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to help secure UCLA's victory over Arizona State. In UCLA's loss at Michigan, Thompson had a season and game-high 21 points (including a career-best five three-pointers/he made four in the final 4:28).
G - 21 Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 199, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS) - A co-captain, he's UCLA's No. 5 scorer (8.0) and No. 5 rebounder (3.9) and leads the Bruins in assists (133, 5.5, Pac-10 leader/No. 7 in assist-TO ratio, 1.82) and in minutes (34.1). In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists. At USC in 33 minutes, he contributed nine points, five rebounds, four assists and just one turnover. In UCLA's loss at Arizona, he scored 13 points, with three rebounds, five assists and one steal. In 38 minutes vs. USC,h, Bozeman passed for 10 assists (two turnovers) for the second straight game. Vs. LMU, Bozeman's three-point shot with with two seconds left in overtime gave UCLA the 69-66 victory (in that game, he had his first ever double/double-16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds). Scored a career-high tying 17 points vs. UC Riverside and dished out nine assists vs. Vermont.
OFF THE BENCH - At USC, the Bruins used five players off the bench:
-Janou Rubin (19 minutes, four points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal).
-Ryan Walcott (17 minutes, one point, one rebound, one assist).
-Michael Fey (10 minutes, six points, two rebounds).
-Jon Crispin (four minutes, one rebound).
-John Hoffart (fourth game of season/a season-high five minutes, one point, season-high one rebound, came in at the end of the first half when both Ryan Hollins and Michael Fey had two fouls).
SPECIAL TEAM STATS (24 Games)
HALFTIME - UCLA is 2-10 when it trails at halftime, 9-3 when it leads at halftime and 0-0 when the score is tied at halftime.
REBOUNDING - UCLA is 10-1 when it outrebounds its opponent (California,h, Washington,h, ASU,h, WSU,a, Oregon,h, Oregon State,h, Michigan State, Loyola, Vermont, UC Riverside/lost at Michigan), 0-10 when it is outrebounded (at USC, Stanford,h, at Arizona, at ASU, at St. John's, USC,h, at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky) and 1-2 when the rebounding is even (defeating Washington,a and losing to Washington State, h and at California). FG % - UCLA is 10-4 when it outshoots its opponent , 1-8 when its is outshot and 0-1 when the teams are even. 3 PT FG% - UCLA is 6-3 (lost at USC, at ASU, at Stanford) when it outshoots its opponent and 5-10 when it is outshot. FT% - UCLA is 1-4 when it outshoots its opponent, 10-8 when it is outshot and 0-1 when the percentage is even. TOs- UCLA is 1-1 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponent, 7-9 when it has more and 3-3 when it is even. 5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 9-1 (lost at ASU) when it leads with five minutes remaining in regulation and 2-12 when it trails at the five-minute mark.