March 4, 2003
UCLA plays final regular-season games at Pauley Pavilion, hosting Washington State on Thursday night (7:30 p.m.) and Washington on Saturday evening (7:30 p.m.); the Bruins can clinch spot in Pacific-10 conference post-season tournament with win over Washington. UCLA (7-18, 4-12/Pac-10 T-eighth place) vs. Washington State (7-18, 2-14/Pac-10 10th place), 7:30 P.M., Pauley Pavilon. (TV - None; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean - game will be on KPOP in San Diego instead of 690AM).
Series History - The Bruins lead it 83-12 and have won the last 20 meetings between the two schools. WSU has never defeated UCLA in Los Angeles and is 0-37 in Pauley Pavilion. Earlier this season, the Bruins defeated the Cougars at Pullman, 98-83. Jason Kapono scored a career-high 44 points that afternoon and WSU was led by Moore's 22 points.
Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 142-77 (219 games, 64.8) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (377 games, 268-109, 71.1). The Kansas contest was Lavin's 200th game as the Bruin head coach.
The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last six seasons.
Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15th winningest active coach (minimum five years as a Div. I head coach/based on percentage-69.6, 135-59 entering this season).
In his Bruin head coaching career, Lavin is 13-0 vs. Washington State, 6-0 at Pauley Pavilion. He is 9-4 vs. Washington, 6-0 at Pauley.
UCLA's Last Game - At Oregon 79, UCLA 48 - On March 1 before 9,087 in Eugene, OR, UCLA fell behind 13-0 in the first 2:32, did not score until almost six minutes had been played and could never recover, dropping a 79-48 decision at McArthur Court.
The Bruins trailed by 20 points (29-9) with 7:48 remaining in the first half but an 8-0 run cut the deficit to 12 points. However, they could get no closer as Oregon closed the half with a 5-0 run for a 38-21 lead.
UCLA scored the first basket of the second half but the Ducks scored the next 11 points and the Bruins could never get closer than 21 the rest of the way.
Ray Young led the Bruins with 10 points and two assists and T.J. Cummings came off the bench to score eight points. Cummings, Andre Patterson and Ryan Walcott all had five rebounds to lead the team in that category.
The Bruins shot a season-low 24.6 (14-57) from the field, a season-low 14.3 (2-14) from three-point range and 60.0 (18-30) from the foul line, with 36 rebounds, five assists and 14 turnovers.
Oregon shot 47.4 (27-57) from the field, 58.3 (14-24) from three-point range and 100.0 (11-11) from the foul line, with a game-high 42 rebounds, 22 assists and 19 turnovers. The Ducks were led by Luke Ridnour's 21 points and eight assists and Luke Jackson's 16 points and seven rebounds.
Jason Kapono - Kapono is a semi-finalist for the first-ever Collegiate Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year Award, given by the Albuquerque, NM Convention & Visitors Bureau and sponsored by Creamland Dairies. The award recognizes student-athletes for their athletic and academic achievement as well as community involvement.
Kapono has also earned NABC All-Dist. 15 honors.
Kapono was on the preseason lists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He was also nominated for the second annual Senior Class (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award, presented annually to the nation's senior Div. I Player of the Year (Maryland's Juan Dixon won the award in 2002).
On the Bruin career charts, he holds the school records for 3-pointers (307) and 3-point attempts (688), No. 2 in 3-point % (44.6, No. 1-Pooh Richardson, 46.4, 52-112, 1986-89), No. 4 in FT% (82.7, 369-446; No. 3-Reggie Miller, 83.6, 488-584, 1984-87) and No. 4 in scoring (2,022, No. 3 Reggie Miller, 2,095, 1984-87) ... Kapono is only the fourth player in school history to score at least 2,000 points ... Kapono is the 41st Bruin in history to score 1,000 or more points (2,022, No. 4) but only the third player to do it by the end of his sophomore season and just the fifth to do it in his first two seasons.
Cedric Bozeman - Bozeman will not play for the remainder of the season; to have right shoulder surgery at the conclusion of winter quarter final exams.
UCLA sophomore point guard Cedric Bozeman will not play in the Bruins' remaining games this season and will have right shoulder surgery at the conclusion of Winter Quarter final exams (March 17-21), Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Monday (March 3).
Bozeman strained his right shoulder on Feb. 5 at USC and aggravated the injury at Arizona State on Feb. 15. Since the ASU game in Tempe, Bozeman has missed four contests. Based on symptoms, examinations and medical testing, Bozeman has been diagnosed with instability in his right shoulder.
Bozeman, a 6-6, 197-pounder who was a 2001 McDonald's All-American as a senior at Los Angeles Mater Dei HS, appeared in UCLA's first 21 games and started 17, including his last six games. He is UCLA's sixth-leading scorer (7.3) and second on the squad in assists (3.2). On Feb. 8, Bozeman's two free throws with 4.9 seconds left gave the Bruins a 71-70 win at Big East rival Georgetown, halting UCLA's nine-game losing streak.