Feb. 6, 2004
UCLA (9-9, 5-5) vs. WASHINGTON (10-8, 5-5)
Sat., Feb. 7/6 p.m. PT/TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA 690/1150
LOOKING AHEAD - Following the Washington contest, the Bruins travel for more Pac-10 action, playing at Arizona State on Thursday, Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.PT, 8:30 p.m.MT/TV-FSN/Radio-XTRA 690/1150) and at No. 12 Arizona on Saturday, Feb. 14 (Noon PT, 1 p.m.MT/TV-FSN/Radio-XTRA 690/1150).
SATURDAY - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins, 9-9 overall and 5-5 (fifth-place tie) in the Pac-10, continue Pac-10 play, hosting Lorenzo Romar's Washington Huskies, 10-8 overall and also 5-5 in the league (tied with UCLA). Last night, UCLA lost its sixth consecutive game, including five straight conference contests, 55-48 to Washington State in Pauley Pavilion. Washington won its fifth consecutive Pac-10 contest, beating USC at the Sports Arena, 93-82.
UCLA'S LAST GAME - Feb. 5 - Washington State 55, at UCLA 48- Before 7,299 at Pauley Pavilion, Washington State defeated UCLA, 55-48. UCLA had beaten the Cougars 22 consecutive times entering last night's game. In the teams' first meeting this season, UCLA again scored 48 points, defeating WSU 48-45 on Jan. 8 in Spokane (both 48 point game totals are season-lows for the Bruins and the 45 points by WSU on Jan. 8 is an opponent season-low).
WSU jumped out to a 23-19 halftime lead and in the second-half increased its lead to 14 twice, the final time at 43-29 (8:37 left), on a Jeff Varem three-pointer. A minute later (with the score WSU 45-UCLA 33, 7:20 remaining), the Bruins went on a 10-0 run (including four points each from T. J. Cummings and Dijon Thompson) and closed the gap to two points (45-43, 3:27 remaining). But in the final three minutes, the Cougars increased their lead to eight points twice (final time, 53-45, 42 seconds left to play; WSU was 8-8 from the foul line down the stretch) and won the game with a seven-point margin (55-48).
The Bruins were led by Cummings' 15 points and seven rebounds and Thompson's 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.
UCLA shot 34.9 (15-43) from the field, 16.7 (2-12, third-lowest percentage this season) from three-point range and a season-high 88.9 (16-18) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds and a game-high 13 turnovers.
WSU shot 36.2 (17-47) from the field, 38.5 (5-13) from three-point range and 88.9 (16-18, second-highest opponent percentage this season) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The Cougars improved to 10-10 overall and 4-6 in the Pac-10 and were led by Thomas Kelati's 15 points.
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and his 10th year as a collegiate head coach. Howland was 1-0 vs. Washington while head coach at UCLA. 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 (9-9, 18 games/50.0)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals - 10th Season (177-108, 285 games/62.1)
UCLA vs. WASHINGTON - The Bruins lead the series 85-29 and defeated Washington earlier this season, 86-84(OT) on Jan. 10 in Spokane. In that contest, UCLA had four players in double figures, led by Cummings' team and season-high 22 points and game-high 11 rebounds and Trevor Ariza's 21 points and eight rebounds. Thompson won the game for the Bruins by hitting two free throws with 10 seconds left in overtime. The Huskies were led by Will Conroy's season-high 29 points. The Bruins have won the last five games in a row (Washington's last win was 96-94, 2001 in Seattle) and the Bruins have beaten UW in Pauley Pavilion 17 straight times (in 1987 at Pauley, UCLA defeated Washington 76-64 to win the Pac-10 Tournament but in the regular season game at Pauley, the Huskies beat UCLA 95-87).
THE HUSKIES - Romar, in his second season as head coach at UW, was a Bruin assistant from 1992-96, including UCLA's 1995 NCAA Championship season. Husky assistant coach Cameron Dollar, a Bruin four-year (1994-97) letterman at point guard and two-year starter (1996-97), played a key role in UCLA's 89-78 victory over defending champion Arkansas in the 1995 NCAA title game. Coming off the bench and playing 36 minutes for the injured Tyus Edney, Dollar directed the Bruin offense and contributed eight assists. Washington has won five Pac-10 games in a row, including last night's 93-82 win at USC. In that contest, the Huskies were led by four players in double figures, paced by Brandon Roy's 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
TRENDS - UCLA is holding opponents to shoot just 42.2 from the field. Only three opponents (Arizona .544, UCSB .522, USC .509) have shot better than .500 and six have been held below .400 (4-2, losing to Kentucky and Washington State,h). In 10 Pac-10 games, the Bruins are shooting 45.5 from the field and holding opponents to 43.4. In UCLA's last six games (all losses), the Bruins have been outrebounded four times (with two ties). Overall, the Bruins have been outrebounded just six times in 18 games (the Bruins are 0-6 in those games-at St. John's, USC, at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky). 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, 19 vs. WSU,h in the first half is the second-lowest). UCLA opponent halftime low is 19 vs. WSU,a.
Brian Morrison - Was named a starter before the Washington State game, but on Wednesday in practice, he sprained his right ankle and did not play vs. the Cougars. He's questionable for Saturday's contest vs. UW. Morrison is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (9.8). 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 stats for it's nine victories (in those nine wins, Morrison played in four games, including three starts), he was the team's No. 1 scorer (14.0), averaging 31.5 minutes, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while shooting 50.0 (19-38) from the field, 50.0 (13-26) from three-point range and 1.000 (5-5) from the foul line.
In UCLA's 84-70 win over UC Riverside in Pauley, Morrison scored a career-high 28 points.
F - 4 Trevor Ariza, 6-7, 194, Fr., Los Angeles, CA (Westchester HS) - UCLA's No. 2 scorer (12.1, tied with T. J. Cummings, No. 20 in the Pac-10) and No. 1 rebounder (6.3. tied with T. J. Cummings, No. 10 in the Pac-10), he's the team leader in steals (27, 1.8, No. 5 in the Pac-10). Was mentioned the week of the Arizona home games 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 12.1 points (No. 3) and 5.9 rebounds (No. 2). Has scored in double figures on eight occasions and has led the Bruin in scoring twice (season-high 24 vs. Oregon State, 19 at St. John's) and in rebounding five times. Against WSU, Ariza had seven points, five rebounds and one assist, steal and blocked shot in 37 minutes . Ariza had two outstanding games in a row - Oregon State (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) - The Bruins' No. 2 scorer (12.1. tied with Trevor Ariza) and No. 2 rebounder (6.3, tied with Trevor Ariza, No. 11 in the Pac-10), he is shooting 51.5 from the field and a team-best 82.4 (28-34, No. 9 in the Pac-10) from the foul line. In 10 Pac-10 starts, Cummings is averaging 12.4 points (No. 2) and a team-high 7.0 rebounds. He's led the Bruins in scoring and rebounding six times, including a three-game stretch in both categories (wins at the Washington schools and home victory vs. ASU). In 34 minutes vs. WSU, Cummings led the Bruins with a game-high tying 15 points and seven rebounds, with two assists and one blocked shot. He has scored in double figures in 11 of 14 games this season, including three of the last four. 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).
C- 15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, So., Pasadena, CA (Muir HS) - In 18 games (seven starts, has started the last three games at center, his first three starts early in the season were at forward), he's averaging 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds (No. 3 on team), leads the team with 17 blocks (0.94, No. 9 in the Pac-10) and is shooting 56.7 from the field. In 28 minutes vs. WSU, Hollins contributed six points and a team-high eight rebounds. In UCLA's loss to USC in Pauley, Hollins recorded a career high 21 points (7-8, 7-9) and eight rebounds in a career-best 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 (14.1, No. 10 in the Pac-10) and No. 4 rebounder (4.5), he's shooting 79.6 (43-54) from the foul line, 34.5 (29-84) from three-point range and is second on the team in minutes (34.1), with 2.61 assists. He's led UCLA in scoring in four of the last six games, including a three-game stretch (at California 17, at Stanford 15, Arizona 19). He's scored in double figures in 16 of 18 games. He's led UCLA in scoring seven times and in rebounding on two occasions. In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 13.9 points (No. 1), 4.2 rebounds (No. 4), with 2.9 assists. In 31 minutes vs. WSU, Thompson contributed a game-high tying 15 points, with five rebounds and four assists. Averaged 19 points vs. the Arizona schools. 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 (4.2) and leads the Bruins in assists (5.72, Pac-10 leader) and in minutes (35.0). In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 6.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.30 assists. Vs. WSU, in 38 minutes, had two points and two assists. In 38 minutes vs. USC, Bozeman passed for 10 assists (two turnovers) for the second straight game. In his last eight games, he has averaged 6.375 assists and just 2.25 turnovers. 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 - Against WSU, Janou Rubin played 23 minutes (three points, two assists, one steal), Michael Fey five minutes (one offensive rebound) and Josiah Johnson and Ryan Walcott each played two minutes.
2003-04 SPECIAL TEAM STATS (18 Games)
HALFTIME - UCLA is 2-7 when it trails at halftime, 7-2 when it leads at halftime and 0-0 when the score is tied at halftime.
REBOUNDING - UCLA is 8-1 when it outrebounds its opponent (ASU, WSU, Oregon, Oregon State, Michigan State, Loyola, Vermont, UC Riverside/lost at Michigan) and 0-6 when it is outrebounded (at St. John's, USC, at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky) and 1-2 when the rebounding is even (defeating Washington and losing Washington State, h and at California).
FG % - UCLA is 8-2 when it outshoots its opponent and 1-7 when its is outshot (lost to WSU, h, at St. John's, USC, at California, at Stanford, Arizona, at Michigan/beat LMU).
3 PT FG% - UCLA is 5-1 (lost at Stanford) when it outshoots its opponent and 4-8when it is outshot.
FT% - UCLA is 0-4 when it outshoots its opponent, 9-3 (lost at Stanford, Arizona, at Michigan) when it is outshot and 0-1 (lost to WSU, h) when the percentage is even.
TOs- UCLA is 0-0 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponent, 6-7 when it has more and 3-2 when it is even.
5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 7-0 when it leads with five minutes remaining in regulation and 2-9 when it trails at the five-minute mark.