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UCLA Basketball Faces Fresno State on Saturday Evening
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Release:  12/20/2012

Dec. 20, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - UCLA will host Fresno State (5-6) on Saturday, Dec. 22, in New Pauley Pavilion. Riding a three-game winning streak, the Bruins (8-3) will tip-off against Fresno State at 8:06 p.m. in a non-conference game televised by Pac-12 Networks. Most recently, UCLA earned an 89-70 win at home against Long Beach State last Tuesday evening.

Venue: New Pauley Pavilion (13,800)
Tip-Off Time: 8:06 p.m. (PT)
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Paul Sunderland (play-by-play), Don MacLean (analyst)
Radio (UCLA Sports Network from IMG College): AM 570 (KLAC)
Radio Talent: Chris Roberts (play-by-play) and Tracy Murray (analyst)
SIRIUS Satellite Radio: Channel 94
SIRIUS XM Radio: Channel 198

UCLA will host Fresno State in New Pauley Pavilion on Saturday evening before entering a five-day span without any games. The Bruins are looking to extend their winning streak to a season-long four games Saturday. UCLA leads the all-time series against Fresno State by a 6-0 margin. The Bruins have won their last three contests, including the first two of a current six-game homestand. Through the last two games, UCLA has shot at a 57.4 percent clip (66-for-115) and has made 43.6 percent (17-for-39) of its three-point attempts.

UCLA last faced Fresno State on Dec. 27, 1990, securing an 110-89 victory at home before 8,667 fans in Pauley Pavilion. In that game, Tracy Murray led the Bruins with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Don MacLean finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. UCLA's win over Fresno State came after the Bruins' first loss of the year (88-71 at Iowa) after having opened the year 8-0.

The Bruins have gone 3-1 this month, recording three consecutive victories after having lost to No. 23 San Diego State, 78-69, on Dec. 1 at the Honda Center (Anaheim). UCLA logged a pair of wins over Texas-based programs, defeating Texas, 65-63, at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Dec. 8, before taking down Prairie View A&M, 95-53, on Dec. 15. Most recently, Jordan Adams scored 24 points as UCLA defeated Long Beach State, 89-70, on Tuesday night.

Larry Drew II had 14 points, nine assists and two steals (with just one turnover) as the Bruins registered their third consecutive win and improved to 12-1 all-time against the 49ers.

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Larry Drew II leads all Pac-12 players with 8.4 assists per game, having totaled a conference-best 92 assists through 11 games. Drew II also leads the Pac-12 with a 5.1 assist turnover ratio (92 assists, 18 turnovers). He scored a season-high 14 points and had nine assists against Long Beach State on Tuesday and has registered at least eight assists in eight of UCLA's 11 contests. He dished a career-high 13 assists against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28).

Larry Drew II's 92 assists through the team's first 11 games marks the best start, in terms of assists per game, for any UCLA player under 10th-year head coach Darren Collison owned the record for most assists in the Howland Era through the Bruins' first 11 games (68, in 2007-08).

Travis Wear ranks second on the team with 6.7 rebounds per game after having averaged 5.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2011-12.

With his 5-for-9 3-point effort against San Diego State (Dec. 1), Kevin Love (11 in 2007-08).

Four of UCLA's freshmen - Shabazz Muhammad (25 pts) and Kyle Anderson (16 pts), Jordan Adams (9 pts) and Tony Parker (9 pts) - accounted for 62.1 percent of the Bruins' total points in UCLA's 95-53 win against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 15). Through 11 games this season, UCLA's four freshmen - Adams (193 pts), Muhammad (142 pts), Anderson (88 pts) and Parker (31 pts) - have scored 52.5 percent of the team's total points (454/864). The group of four freshmen has collected 41.7 percent of UCLA's rebounds (182/436) through 10 games.

The Bruins have gone 3-1 in games decided by five points or fewer this season. Most recently, UCLA overcame an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes to defeat Texas, 65-63, at Reliant Stadium (Dec. 8). Other narrow victories have come against Georgia (60-56, Nov. 20) and UC Irvine (80-79, in overtime, Nov. 13). Midway through his 10th season as UCLA's head coach, Ben Howland has led UCLA to a 52-32 record in games decided by five points or fewer.

Following Saturday's game against Fresno State, the Bruins will have just one non-conference game remaining on their regular-season schedule. The Bruins will host No. 12 Missouri (9-1) on Friday, Dec. 28. UCLA's game against Missouri will be televised by ESPN2, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m. The Bruins last faced Missouri in the "Sweet 16" of the 2002 NCAA Tournament, losing to the Tigers by an 82-73 margin in San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Arena).

Freshman Kevin Love (2007-08) scored in double figures in all 38 games played as a freshman (missed the 13th game of the season). Muhammad and Love are the only players in head coach Ben Howland's 10-year tenure to have opened their UCLA career with at least seven consecutive double-digit efforts.

Sophomore Nick Kazemi remains sidelined with a sprained left MCL (sustained Oct. 26) and is expected to miss 1-2 more weeks.

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