UCLA Hosts Oregon State, Oregon

Bruins Split Arizona Games on the Road

Jan. 6, 1998

Thursday, Jan. 8 -- No. 10 UCLA (10-2, 1-1) vs. Oregon State (9-4, 0-2), Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. PST (TV-Fox Sports West 2; Radio- Sports 1150AM with Chris Roberts & Lew Stowers).

Looking Ahead -- Saturday, Jan. 10 - UCLA vs. Oregon, Pauley Pavilion 7:30 p.m. PST - (TV- FX). All UCLA games are radio broadcast on Sports 1150AM.

No. 10 UCLA (10-2, 1-1) Starting Lineup
UCLA (AP- No. 10; USA Today- No. 12)

No. Name            Pos. Ht.     Cl.  Ppg    Rpg
12  Toby Bailey     F    6-5     Sr.  17.6   5.3
54  Kris Johnson    F/G  6-4     Sr.  14.5   3.6
52  J. R. Henderson C    6-8 1/2 Sr.  20.0   9.4
 5  Baron Davis     G    6-1 1/2 Fr.  12.5   4.8
25  Earl Watson     G    6-0     Fr.   6.2   4.8

 3  Billy Knight    F/G  6-4     Fr.   4.0   1.2
13  Travis Reed     F    6-6     Fr.   4.9   2.9
20  Brandon Loyd    G    5-10    Jr.   2.5   0.4
34  Jelani McCoy    C    6-10    Jr.  10.7   9.0

Head Coach Steve Lavin: In his second year as head coach and seventh season on the Bruin staff with a career and school record of 34-10. As head coach at UCLA, he is 2-0 vs. Oregon State

Bruin Notes - UCLA, three-time defending Pac-10 Champion, had its nine-game winning streak snapped at Arizona on Jan. 3, losing 87-75. The Bruins did win at Arizona State on Jan. 5, 78-73, beating the Sun Devils for the 18th straight time. UCLA's senior class has never lost two consecutive Pac-10 games.

Oregon State (9-4, 0-2) Starting Lineup
Oregon State Starters

No. Name                    Pos. Ht.   Cl.   Ppg  Rpg
44  Todd Marshall           F    6-10  Sr.   3.2  3.8
00  Terrill Woods           C    6-6   Sr.   6.2  3.8
15  Ron Grady               G    6-3   So.  11.2  4.6
25  Corey Benjamin          G    6-6   So.  19.7  4.4
32  John-Blair Bickerstaff  G    6-6   So.   6.7  4.0

Head Coach Eddie Payne: In his third year at Oregon State, with a school record of 22-45. In his 12th year of collegiate head coaching, he was at Belmont Abbey and East Carolina, he's 181-154. He's 0-4 vs. UCLA.

OSU in 1997-98: The Beavers entered Pac-10 play with a three-game winning streak but lost their conference home opening series to the Bay area schools -- 68-48 against Stanford on Jan. 3 and 84-70 vs. California on Jan. 5. Corey Benajmin led OSU in both contests, getting 15 points vs. Stanford and 30 points and nine rebounds vs. Cal. The Beavers have two players averaging in double figures--Benjamin, 19.7 and Ron Grady, 11.2.

Series History: UCLA leads it 64-28 and have won the last nine in a row, including last season's sweep, 74-68 in Corvallis and 81-69 in Pauley. OSU's last win was 79-73 at Corvallis in 1993 and the Beavers' last victory in Pauley was in 1988, 65-64.

UCLA's Last Two Games

On Jan. 3 before 14,551 at the McKale Center in Tucson, UCLA, the three-time defending Pac-10 champion, opened defense of its league title with a loss at Arizona, 87-75. The Wildcats are the defending NCAA Champion and the UA win snapped UCLA's three-game winning streak over the Wildcats along with the Bruins' nine-game overall winning streak. The Bruins led 41-38 at halftime, but were outscored in the second half 49-34. UCLA fouled out four of five starters and had three players in double figures - Kris Johnson, a season and game-high 28 points, Toby Bailey, 17 and Jelani McCoy, who came off the bench in just his second game of the season to record his 10th career double-double, a season-high 16 points and 13 rebounds. The Bruins shot 46.2 (30-65) from the field, 40.0 (8-20) from the three-point line and a season-low 46.7 (7, season-low-15) from the foul line, with 34 rebounds, 18 turnovers and a season-high 29 fouls. The Wildcats, led by Miles Simon's 27 points, shot 40.0 (22-55) from the field, 47.4 (9-19) from the three-point line and 79.1 (34-43, both opponent season highs) from the foul line, with 41 rebounds, 16 turnovers and a season-low 13 fouls.

On Jan. 5 before 8,075 at the University Activities Center in Tempe, UCLA, tied at halftime 34-all, came-from behind in the second half to defeat Arizona State, 78-73. The Bruins trailed by five, 63-58 with 6:07 left, but took the lead for good at 65-64 with 5:01 remaining. In the final five minutes, UCLA outscored ASU 13-9. UCLA was led by J. R. Henderson's career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds and Jelani McCoy's nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench. The Bruins shot 50.9 (27-53) from field, 38.5 (5-13) from the three-point line and 67.9 (19-28) from the foul line, with 38 rebounds (a season-low seven offensive boards), 19 turnovers and a season-high nine blocked shots. The Sun Devils, led by Jeremy Veal's 21 points, shot 38.3 (31-81,opponent season-high) from the field, opponent season-low 6.3 (1, opponent season low-16) from the three-point line and 71.4 (10-14) from the foul line, with 45 rebounds and 14 turnovers.

Bruin Notes

UCLA's senior trio (Toby Bailey, J. R. Henderson and Kris Johnson) has never lost two consecutive Pac-10 games.

The Bruins visited the City of Hope in Duarte on Friday, Dec. 19 and while at The Great Alaska Shootout, UCLA visited a children's hospital in Anchorage.

Against CS Fullerton, the Bruins' home opener this season, UCLA for the first time in school history started four true freshmen (Travis Reed, Rico Hines, Earl Watson and Billy Knight).

The win over New Mexico was UCLA's third victory (with no losses) in The Wooden Classic. In the first Wooden Classic in 1994, UCLA beat Kentucky 82-81, when then-Bruin freshman J. R. Henderson sank two free throws with 0.6 seconds left in the game to seal the win for the Bruins. In 1995, UCLA beat Maryland 73-63, when then-Bruin freshman Jelani McCoy had UCLA's first-ever recorded triple-double--15 points, 10 rebounds and a Pac-10 and school single-game record of 11 blocked shots. UCLA did not play in the Wooden Classic last year.

At the Alaska Shootout, where Baron Davis and Earl Watson started all three games for the Bruins (the pair have started all 11 games in 1997-98), it was the first time since the 1979-80 season that UCLA started two freshmen at the guard positions. In '79-80, under Larry Brown, the Bruins started freshmen Rod Foster and Michael Holton, now in his second year as a UCLA assistant, and the Bruins advanced to the NCAA championship game, losing to Louisville. The loss to North Carolina was the second worst in school history and the Bruins tied the school record for single-game three-point attempts (23). Against Alaska Anchorage, UCLA at one time had five true freshmen on the floor, for the first time since freshmen became eligible in 1972-73.

UCLA is now 10-2 to start the season and its the best start since 1994-95, when UCLA won the NCAA title (11-1 after 12 games and did not lose until the 14th game of the year, a 100-93 loss to California in Pauley (a game that Cal forfeited) as the Bruins finished 32-1 and won the NCAA title. In 1993-94, the Bruins were 14-0 to start the season. The opening season defeat to North Carolina at The Alaska Shootout was UCLA's third consecutive opening game loss -- 1995, 78-69 to Santa Clara at the Maui Classic (started the season 2-2); 1996, 77-76 OT to Tulsa in Pauley at the Preseason NIT (started the season 2-2) and 1997, 109-68 to North Carolina at The Alaska Shootout.

In the early signing period, the Bruins inked 6-4, 200-pound Ray Young, from St. Joseph Notre Dame HS in Alameda, rated the No. 1 prep off-guard in the nation by Dick Vitale's preseason magazine, and 6-7, 215-pound forward Matt Barnes, from Del Campo HS in Fair Oaks, one of the top forward prospects in the State.

In preseason rankings, the Bruin were picked No. 5 by USA Today and No. 6 by AP. Playboy selected UCLA preseason No. 1. In a vote of Pac-10 sportswriters in the conference preseason poll, UCLA was selected second in the Pac-10, behind defending national champion Arizona.

Toby Bailey, J. R. Henderson and Jelani McCoy are all on preseason lists for the Naismith and Wooden Player of the Year and All-American team. On Naismith, Bailey, Henderson and McCoy are on the Best of the Rest chart (10 players) and on the Wooden list, Bailey and McCoy are among the Top 25 candidates and Henderson is on the Players Considered Top 25 chart.

UCLA players and coaches are available for interviews following practices on Tuesday and Friday (3-6 p.m.) and practices are open those days for the media. Interviews at other times can be arranged through the UCLA Sports Information Office.

The Bruins have won the last three Pac-10 titles outright. Should UCLA win its fourth consecutive conference crown in 1998, the Bruins would be the first team since the inception of the Pac-10 Conference in 1978-79 to accomplish this feat. UCLA won 13 straight Pac-10 titles from 1967-79. The Bruins are 48-6 in conference play over the last three years with three outright championships. In the second half of Pac-10 play over the last three years, UCLA is 25-2. In the last six years, it owns a record of 46-8 in the second half of the season.

In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA is the only Pac-10 school to have a non-losing record against every other team in the league: 9-9 vs. Arizona (includes Pac-10 Postseason), 18-0 vs. Arizona State (includes Pac-10 Postseason), 10-6 vs. California, 13-4 vs. Oregon (includes Pac-10 Postseason), 13-3 vs. Oregon State, 11-5 vs. Stanford, 10-6 vs. USC, 14-2 vs. Washington, 15-1 vs. Washington State.

UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage shooting the last two years --1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698).

UCLA's three seniors (Toby Bailey, J. R. Henderson, Kris Johnson) have participated in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, a record of 9-2, including the 1995 NCAA Title and 1997 Elite Eight; three straight Pac-10 titles, including a conference record of 49-7 (56 games, 87.5) and three consecutive 20+game winning seasons, averaging 26 wins a year with an overall mark of 89-19 (108 games, 82.4)

Toby Bailey's younger brother, Ryan 'Moose' Bailey, is sitting out this season at UCLA after transferring from Penn State. In 1997 at Penn State, Bailey started as a true freshman for the Nittany Lions at point guard. He will be a sophomore next season for the Bruins.

The 1997 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 33rd appearance in the "Big Dance", including bids the last nine consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times--North Carolina 23, Arizona 13 and Indiana 12. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and victories (77).

UCLA's total of 24 wins in 1997 has been exceeded only three times in the last 18 years - 1987 (25), 1992 (28) and 1995 (32). The last time a Bruin first-year coach won more games than Steve Lavin in 1997 was in 1978, when Gary Cunningham won 25.

The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in the school's history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,414-606 (70.0, 2,020 games) in 78+ years of college basketball. UCLA's 70.0 winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.

UCLA has the nation's current record of 49 straight winning seasons (1948-49 to 1996-97).

Pauley Pavilion (12,819) is in its 33rd season in 1997-98 as the home of the Bruins. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 465-51 (516 games, 90.1; Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion), including a 5-0 mark this season. On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilon history watched that game (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). 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 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0) for the first time since the 1994-95 season (includes Cal's forfeit). UCLA's nonconference losses to Kansas on Dec. 7, 1996 and to Tulsa on Nov. 20, 1996 were only the Bruins' third and fourth nonleague defeats at home in the last seven years. In nonconference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1990-91, UCLA is 47-4. The losses were against -- Kansas, 96-83, 1996-97; Tulsa, 77-76 OT, 1996-97; Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.

From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina. On fall camp rosters to open the 1997-98 season, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters--Mitchell Butler, Cleveland Cavaliers; Tyus Edney, Boston Celtics, Jack Haley, New Jersey Nets; Don MacLean, New Jersey Nets; Darrick Martin, Los Angeles Clippers; Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Washington Wizards; Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic; Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, Los Angeles Clippers; George Zidek, Denver Nuggets.

UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN -- The 1997 Basketball Times' National Rookie Coach of the Year, NABC District 15 Coach of the Year and USBWA District 9 Coach of the Year, Lavin in 1997 led UCLA to a 24-8 overall mark, a No. 7 national ranking, its third consecutive Pac-10 title and ninth straight NCAA bid, reaching the NCAA Elite Eight Midwest Region title game. He is entering his second season as head coach and seventh on the Bruin staff. His 24 wins in 1997 are the most by a first-year Bruin coach since Gary Cunningham won 25 games in 1978. Since being named head coach on Feb. 11, 1997, the Bruins are 21-3, dating back to last season and including an 11-game winning streak from last year and a nine-game streak this year. During his six seasons at UCLA, Lavin has been involved in one NCAA title (1995), three NCAA Elite Eights (1992, '95 and 1997), four Pac-10 championships (1997, '96, '95 and '92) and six straight NCAA Tournament and 20+game winning seasons. He has coached in eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue. Enjoys coaching the defensive end of the floor. In 1995 and '96, UCLA led the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense and rebound margin.

Lavin's UCLA Head Coaching Record
1997-98    10-2
1996-97    24-8 (Pac-10 Champ)
           34-10 (77.3)
Lavin's UCLA Assistant Coaching Record
1995-96      23-8 (NCAA, Pac-10 Champ)
1994-95      32-1 (NCAA & Pac-10 Champ)
1993-94      21-7 (NCAA)
1992-93      22-11 (NCAA)
1991-92      28-5 (NCAA, Pac-10 Champ)
            126-32 (79.7)
UCLA Totals 160-42 (79.2)
Bruin Defense Under Lavin (FG % Def.)
1996-97    42.3 (3rd in Pac-10) 
1995-96    41.6 (led Pac-10)
1994-95    40.8 (led Pac-10)
1993-94    42.1
1992-93    44.6
1991-92    45.5

Media Conferences -- Here's a list of Lavin's weekly press conferences, held most Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room (upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion)-- Wednesday, Jan. 7; Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3.

The Pac-10 Teleconferences (10:30 a.m.-11:38 a.m.) are on Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3. Lavin's time is from 10:49-10:56 a.m. Media need to call 913-661-0487 to participate.

Date                   AP    USA Today/CNN
Pre-Season            6th        5th
Week One (Nov. 17)    7th        5th
Week Two (Nov. 24)    7th        6th
Week Three (Dec. 1)  15th        15th
Week Four (Dec. 8)   12th        14th
Week Five (Dec. 15)  11th        11th
Week Six (Dec. 22)    9th        9th
Week Seven (Dec. 29)  9th        9th
Week Eight (Jan. 5)  10th        12th

NCAA Stats (Jan. 5, before Oregon State)
Team- None
Individual--Scoring-J.R. Henderson, 41st, 20.0

Pac-10 Stats (Jan. 5, before Oregon State)
Here are the Bruin rankings for this week (Jan. 5, before Oregon State)--
Team--Scoring Offense- 3rd, 80.9; Scoring Margin-6th, +6.4; FG %-2nd, 48.6; FT %-8th, 64.4; 3-Pt. %-8th, 32.3; 3-Pt. Field Goals-9th, 4.5; Scoring Defense-7th, 74.5; FG % Defense-6th, 43.9; 3-Pt. FG% Defense- 8th, 36.1; Rebounding Margin-6th +1.6; Off. Rebounds-9th, 12.8; Def. Rebounds-5th, 24.1; Turnover Margin-4th, +2.0; Assists-6th, 15.9; Assist/Turnover Ratio-5th, 0.95; Steals-T-4th, 9.1; Blocked Shots-8th, 3.3.

UCLA's 63.8 (44-69) field goal shooting vs. CS Fullerton is tops in the Pac-10. The Bruins' 21 steals vs. Northern Arizona is tops in the league.

Individual--Scoring-J.R. Henderson, 1st, 20.0; Toby Bailey, 8th, 17.6. Rebounding- J.R. Henderson, lst, 9.4; Toby Bailey, 17th, 5.3. FG %-Baron Davis, 6th, 54.7. FT %-Toby Bailey, 9th, 81.0. Assists-Baron Davis, 5th, 4.6; Toby Bailey, 10th, 4.1. Steals-Earl Watson, 1st, 2.8; Baron Davis, 7th, 2.2.

Toby Bailey's 13 (for 15) free throws made vs. Alabama-Birmingham leads the Pac-10 in free throws made. Baron Davis' eight and Earl Watson's seven steals vs. Northern Arizona lead the Pac-10.

Special Stats

UCLA is 5-0 when scoring 80 or more points and 9-0 when holding the opposition to 79 or under.

The Bruins are 7-1 when leading at the half (UCLA led at Arizona 41-38 at halftime before losing), 1-0 when tied (UCLA at Arizona State was tied 34-all) and 2-1 when trailing (lost to North Carolina (55-34) and beat Alabama-Birmingham (42-28) and Boise State (42-41).

UCLA is 5-0 when shooting 50.0 or better from the field and 5-2 when shooting below 50.0 (beat UAB (49.1), New Mexico (48.3), Saint Louis (40.0) UNLV (38.1, season-low) and Illinois (45.3), lost to North Carolina (40.6) and at Arizona (46.2). The Bruins are 7-1 (lost to Arizona (40.0) when holding the opposition to between 40.0-50.0 from the field, 2-0 under 40.0 and 1-1 when the opponent shoots over 50.0 from the field (beat Northern Arizona (52.0) and lost to North Carolina (62.7).

UCLA is 9-1 (lost at Arizona, 46.2-40.0) when outshooting the opponent and 1-1 (beat Saint Louis (45.5-40.0) and lost to North Carolina (62.7-40.6) when outshot. UCLA has outshot its last five opponents (at Arizona State, at Arizona, Illinois, UNLV, Boise State). The Bruins are 6-0 with a rebound advantage, 1-0 when tied (UAB, 31-31) and 3-2 when the advantage is to the opponent (won at Arizona State (45-38), UNLV (55-48) and Northern Arizona (33-27) and lost at Arizona (41-34) and North Carolina (45-28). UCLA has been outrebounded its last two games (at Arizona State 45-38 and at Arizona 41-34).

UCLA is 8-0 when leading at the five minute mark; 1-2 when trailing (the Bruins trailed Alabama-Birmingham 64-66 at the five minute mark and came back to win; trailed at Arizona 70-61 and North Carolina 99-63 with five minutes left, both losses) and 1-0 when tied (Illinois).

The Bruins committed a season-high 24 turnovers in the win over Boise State, 22 in the victory over CS Fullerton and 18 in the wins over Illinois and New Mexico, with a season-low 10 in the win over UAB.

UCLA is 10-0 when J. R. Henderson scores 13 or more points (in 1996-97, UCLA was 15-0 when he scored 14 or more).

UCLA is in the first season of a four-year deal with AM 1150 Sports LA. The new Los Angeles All-Sports station is broadcasting all of the Bruins' games live, including pre- and post-game shows. In addition, AM 1150 also provides ancillary programming during the week, including Steve Lavin shows (8:35 a.m. Monday and 6:40 p.m. Tuesdays) as well as a "Bruin Hour" (2 p.m. on Thursday) featuring coaches and athletes from other sports.

Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his sixth season as the play-by-play voice of Bruin football and basketball. Lew Stowers is again serving as on-site producer and halftime host.

In addition to the local broadcasts, fans can listen to the broadcasts via the internet on the sites of AM 1150 Sports LA (http://www.1150.com) and AudioNet (http://www.audionet.com). Fans can also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929). A credit card charge will be assessed based upon the number of minutes fans listen.

UCLA releases and results can be found on the school's official website site - http://www.ucla.edu.


Returning Seniors (3)

12 Toby Bailey, 6-5, Sr., G/F, Los Angeles, CA (Loyola HS)
1998 Preseason Honors-- National - Wooden Award Top 25 Candidate and Naismith Award Best of the Rest list. A Vitale and Sport Magazine third-team All-American, Street & Smith's high honorable mention All-American, Basketball Weekly and Slam Magazine honorable mention All-American, Street & Smith's No. 1 shooting guard in the U. S., Vitale No. 3 shooting guard, The Sporting News' No. 6 shooting guard. Pac-10 - Street & Smith's first-team; Vitale, The Sporting News' and Basketball Weekly second-team, Athlon third-team.

1998 Season Highlights -- In UCLA's win at ASU, he played played 35 minutes and tallied seven points, his first game under double figures this year, breaking a string of 22 dating back to last season, but contributed a season-high nine assists and grabbed five rebounds. In the opener at Arizona, he played 33 minutes and tallied 17 points with two assists. In UCLA's win over Illinois, Bailey played the full 40 minutes (fourth straight game and fifth time this season), with 18 points (6-15, 3-5, 3-4), four rebounds (3-1), five assists, two steals, a season-high tying one blocked shot and four turnovers. In the Bruins' win at UNLV, he again played 40 minutes, with a team-high 17 points (6-20, 1-9, 4-5) and a season-high nine rebounds (1-8), with three assists, one steal and two turnovers. He scored a career-high 28 points (7-15, 1-5, 13-15) vs. Alabama-Birmingham, 26 vs. Northern Arizona and 21 vs. Boise State. Helped out defensively in the Saint Louis win, limiting Billiken freshman star Larry Hughes to 14 points (he entered the game averaging over 20) and Hughes also committed eight turnovers. Bailey earned All-Tournament honors at The Great Alaska Shootout, averaging 17.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He leads the team in minutes (34.8), is second in scoring (17.6) and assists (4.1) and third in rebounding (5.3) steals (1.1), while shooting 42.2 from the field, 24.6 (14-57, team-highs) from the three-point line and 81.0 (51-63) from the foul line (best among regulars). He has led the Bruins in scoring twice (17 at UNLV, career-high 28 vs. UAB) and in rebounding twice (five vs. NC and seven vs. UAA). His season-highs include--a career-best 28 points vs. Alabama-Birmingham, nine rebounds vs. UNLV, nine assists vs. Arizona State, three steals vs. CS Fullerton and Alaska-Anchorage, one blocked shot seven times, last vs. Arizona State and 40 minutes five times, last vs. Illinois. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 5, after ASU), Bailey was eighth in scoring (17.8), 17th in rebounding (5.3), ninth in foul shooting (81.0) and 10th in assists (4.1). His 13 free throws made vs. Alabama-Birmingham is a Pac-10 leader.

Career Highlights -- Bruin career charts -- scoring (15th, 1,466; 14th, Tyus Edney, 1,515, 1992-95); three-point field goals scored (2nd, 138; lst, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92); three-point field goals attempted (2nd, 413; lst, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92); assists (9th, 372; 8th, Andre McCarter, 376, 1974-76). Bailey has scored in double figures 74 times in his career (he had a string of 22 broken against ASU), including 11 games in 1997-98, 24 games in 1997, 24 games in '96 and 15 as a freshman in 1995. Has scored 20 or more points 16 times in his career, including three times this season. Bailey has started 88 straight games (played in a total of 108 contests; the school record for games played is 130, set by Mitchell Butler, 1990-93), including all 12 this season, all 32 in 1997, all 31 in '96 and the last 13 in 1995. Has played 3,455 career minutes, averaging 32.0 minutes a game overall. Recorded UCLA's second ever triple-double, getting 23 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best 10 assists in UCLA's 109-88 win over S. F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995 in Pauley Pavilion as a sophomore. As a true freshman, was a leader in UCLA's 1995 NCAA championship drive, scoring a then-career-high 26 points twice, vs. Arkansas in the title game and vs. Connecticut in the West Regional final.

52 J.R. Henderson, 6-8 1/2, Sr., F/C, Bakersfield, CA (E. Bakersfield HS)
1998 Preseason Honors -- National - On the Wooden Award Players Considered for the Top 25 chart and on the Naismith Best of the Rest list. Vitale, Preview Sports and Basketball Weekly third-team All-American; Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American; Athlon fourth-team All-American; Vitale and Street & Smith's No. 3 power forward; The Sporting News and Athlon No. 6 power forward. Pac-10--Vitale, The Sporting News, Athlon, Preview Sports and Basketball Weekly first-team All-Pac-10.

1998 Season Highlights -- The premier player in the Pac-10, he's the league's leading scorer (20.0) and rebounder (9.4). In UCLA's come-from-behind win at Arizona State, he played all 40 minutes and led the way with a career-high 31 points, making 10 of 15 shots from the floor and 11 of 13 from the line. He also led the team with 11 boards for his fifth double-double of the year, and added two assists. He has now grabbed at least eight rebounds in eight straight contests. In the opener at Arizona, he played 26 minutes and had his worst scoring effort of the year, finishing with three points (1-6, 1-2). He did grab eight boards. In UCLA's win over Illinois, Henderson played 38 minutes, with a team-high 22 points (6-11, 0-0, 10-14) and nine rebounds (2-7), a season-high tying three assists and one turnover. In 29 minutes at UNLV, got into second-half foul trouble, Henderson had 13 points (5-11, 0-0, 3-5) and 14 rebounds (4-10, a career-high third straight double-double and fourth this season), a season-high tying three steals and two turnovers. He was the Dec. 22 Pac-10 Player of the Week (first time in his career) for his play vs. Saint Louis (19 points-10 rebounds) and Northern Arizona (a career-high tying 29 points and eight rebounds). Vs. New Mexico at The Wooden Classic, Henderson led the Bruins with 24 (10-18, 0-0, 4-8) points, seven (3-4) rebounds, a season-high three assists and three steals, in a season-best 40 minutes (last season Henderson had one game playing the entire contest). Also did a fine job defensively against Lobo preseason All-American Kenny Thomas, limiting Thomas to just eight points (none at halftime) and six rebounds in 40 minutes. For his efforts vs. the Lobos, Henderson was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee. UCLA's leading scorer (20.0) and rebounder (9.4), he's also fourth in minutes (32.5) and assists (1.4), while shooting 51.6 from the field and 64.4 from the foul line. He's led the Bruins in scoring eight times (21 vs. UAA, 24 vs. NM, 23 vs. CS Fullerton, 29 vs. Northern Arizona, 19 vs. Saint Louis, 22 vs. Boise State, 22 vs. Illinois and a career-high 31 vs. ASU) and in rebounding eight times, including the last five games (seven vs. UAA, 13 vs. UAB, eight vs. Northern Arizona, 10 vs. Saint Louis, a career-high tying 15 vs. Boise State, 14 at UNLV, nine vs. Illinois and 11 vs. ASU). He has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 games this year and had five straight games of 20+ points, for the first time in his career (21 vs. UAA, 21 vs. UAB, 24 vs. New Mexico, 23 vs. CS Fullerton and a career-high tying 29 vs. Northern Arizona). He had a career-best three straight double-doubles (14-13 vs. UNLV, 22-career-high tying 15 vs. Boise State and 19-10 vs. Saint Louis) and a total of five this year. His season-highs include--a career-high 31 points vs. Arizona State, a career-high tying 15 rebounds vs. Alabama-Birmingham, three assists vs. Illinois and New Mexico, three steals vs. UNLV and New Mexico, four blocked shots vs. Northern Arizona and 40 minutes vs. New Mexico. In NCAA stats (Jan. 6), he was 41st in scoring (20.0). In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 5, after ASU), he was the league's top scorer (20.0) and rebounder (9.4).

Career Highlights -- On the Bruin career charts - points (18th, 1,415; 18th, 17th, Sidney Wicks, 1,423, 1969-71; 16th, Pooh Richardson, 1,461, 1986-89); rebounds (16th, 672; 15th Keith Erickson, 697, 1963-65); field goal percentage (8th, 54.9 (531-968); 7th, Darren Daye, 55.5 (452-815), 1980-83). Henderson has scored in double figures 75 times in his career, including 11 games this season, 26 times in 1997, 25 games in '96 and 13 as a true freshman in 1995. Has scored 20 or more points 18 times in his career, including eight of the last 11 games, and has 10 double-doubles, including five this season. He has appeared in 106 games and has started 28 of his last 29 games, including 11 of 12 contests in 1997-98, 29 of 32 games in 1997, started all 29 games in which he played in 1996 (missed the regular-season ending Washington series in Pauley with strep throat) and 13 games as a true freshman in 1994-95 when the Bruins won the NCAA title.

54 Kris Johnson, 6-4, Sr., G/F, Los Angeles, CA (Crenshaw HS)
1998 Preseason Honors -- No. 23 small forward in the U. S. by Dick Vitale preseason magazine.

1998 Season Highlights -- In the Bruins' win at Arizona State, Johnson played 23 minutes and scored 13 points (5-7, 3-3, 0-0) and added two rebounds and two assists. In the opener at Arizona, he played a season-high 38 minutes and led the Bruins with 28 points (11-18, 4-6, 2-2), his highest total since the end of his sophomore season. He also added two boards and two steals. On the weekend, he made 16 of 25 field goals (64.0%), including seven of nine (.77.8) from three-point range. In UCLA's win over Illinois, Johnson played 34 minutes, with a season-low five points, a season-high seven rebounds (2-5) and a season-high tying five turnovers. In the Bruin victory at UNLV, he played 36 minutes, with 11 points (5-14, 0-2, 1-4), five rebounds (3-2), one assist, blocked shot (season-high) and steal and a season-high five turnovers. Missed the first five games, has started the last six contests (Illinois, UNLV, Boise State, Saint Louis) and played in eight games. In his fourth contest this season, in 34 minutes vs. Boise State, Johnson scored 22 points (8-11, 1-2, 5-6), with four rebounds, a season-high tying two assists and a season-high five turnovers. His first game was CS Fullerton, playing 15 minutes and getting 15 points. Johnson is the team's third-leading scorer (14.5) and sixth in rebounding (3.6), while shooting 53.2 from the field, a team-best 47.6 (10-21) from the three-point line and 73.3 (22-30) from the foul line. His season-highs include -- 28 points vs. Arizona, seven rebounds vs. Illinois, two assists vs. Arizona State, Boise State and Northern Arizona, a career-high tying three steals vs. Northern Arizona, one blocked shot vs. ASU and UNLV and 38 minutes vs. Arizona. On Sept. 29, Johnson and junior Jelani McCoy were indefinitely suspended from the team for violation of department policies and team rules. On Nov. 17, Johnson was partially reinstated to return to practice and on Dec. 9, was cleared to play in games (his first contest was CS Fullerton on Dec. 13). He did not play at The Great Alaska Shootout or The Wooden Classic.

Career Highlights -- For his career, he is shooting 78.7 (214-272), ninth on the Bruin career chart; 8th, Tracy Murray, 79.1, 329-416, 1990-92) from the free throw line, 50.6 (315-623) from the field and 33.7 (33-98) from the three-point line. Played last year on an injured right ankle that was scoped and repaired last summer. In 1997 as a junior, Johnson led the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (83.5, 96-115), was the team's No. 5 scorer (10.3), appeared in 31 contests and started five games. In 1996 as a sophomore, because of Cameron Dollar's hand injuries, Johnson appeared in all 31 games and started 21 contests, including 18 at the off-guard position. In '96, he was UCLA's fourth leading scorer (12.5) and second-best (14.8) in Pac-10 games. His 56.9 field goal percentage was fourth in the Pac-10. In his career, he's scored in double figures 42 times, including games of 36 points vs. Cal and 30 vs. Washington in Pauley, both in 1995-96. Son of Bruin great Marques Johnson, he became the 19th player in UCLA history to score over 35 or more points when he tallied 36 vs. California on Jan. 13, 1996 in Pauley Pavilion.

Returning Junior Starter (1)

34 Jelani McCoy, 6-10,. Jr., C, San Diego, CA (St. Augustine HS)
1998 Preseason Honors - National - The Sporting News' and Vitale No. 5 center, Athlon No. 9 center, Street & Smith honorable mention All-American. Pac-10 - Street & Smith, The Sporting News and Athlon first-team All-Pac-10.

1998 Season Highlights -- In UCLA's win at Arizona State, McCoy played 26 minutes off the bench and scored nine points (4-10, 1-3) with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. In the league opener at Arizona, he played a season-high 29 minutes off the bench and had a season-high 16 points (8-12, 0-5), a season-high 13 rebounds, two assists and two steals. Played his first game of the season vs. Illinois, getting seven points, three rebounds and one blocked shot in 14 minutes. He is fifth on the team in scoring (10.7) and second in rebounding (9.0) while shooting 56.0 (14-25) from the floor and 33.3 (4-12) from the line. He leads the team in blocks (1.7). His season-highs include - 16 points vs. Arizona, 13 rebounds vs. Arizona, four blocked shots vs. Arizona State and 29 vs. Arizona. On Sept. 29, McCoy and teammate Kris Johnson were indefinitely suspended from the team for violation of department policies and team rules. On Dec. 1, McCoy was reinstated to return to practice and on Dec. 22, he was cleared to play in games (his first was Illinois on Dec. 30).

Career Highlights - As a sophomore last season, McCoy was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and a second-team NABC All-District 15 choice. He was the team's fourth leading scorer (10.9) and third in rebounding (6.5) and led the Bruins in blocked shots and field goal percentage (75.6, 152-201, new UCLA and Pac-10 single-season record). He scored in double figures in 20 of 32 games and grabbed at least seven rebounds 15 times. He led the Bruins in scoring three times, in rebounding 11 times and had three double-doubles. In the final 1997 regular season NCAA stats, McCoy was not ranked in field goal percentage (did not make minimum from field) but would have been No. 1 if he had qualified. In the final Pac-10 stats (after NCAA), McCoy was first in field goal percentage (75.6, new UCLA and Pac-10 single-season record) and second in blocked shots (1.9). McCoy broke his own single-season field goal percentage record last season with a 75.6 (152-201), which is also a new Pac-10 single- season mark (old mark, 74.6, Steve Johnson, OSU, 1981). In his career, his field goal percentage is 70.7 (304-430), a new school (the old UCLA career record was 65.1, Bill Walton, 747-1147, 1972-74, based on at least 400 attempts) and Pac-10 record (the old conference mark, based on a minimum of two seasons, was 67.8, Steve Johnson, OSU). The NCAA records (McCoy does not qualify because he has not met the minimum requirement of five made per game) are (single-season, 74.6, 235-315, Steve Johnson, Oregon State, 1981; career, minimum 600 made, Steve Johnson, Oregon State, 67.8, 828-1,222, 1976-81 and minimum 400 made, Ricky Nedd, Appalachian State, 69.0, 412-597, 1991-94). As a true freshman in 1996, McCoy's 102 blocked shots were both a single-season mark and a Bruin career record (now at 169 for his career) and his 67.6 field goal percentage (138-204) was at the time also a UCLA single-season mark. Recorded UCLA's first-ever triple-double, getting 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots (a single-game school and Pac-10 record) in UCLA's 73-63 win over Maryland on Dec. 9, 1996 at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim. McCoy has scored in double-figures 36 times, including three 20-point games, grabbed 10 or more rebounds on 14 occasions, including twice this year and four times (11 Duke; 10 Cal, h; 15 ASU, h; 10 Jackson State, h) in 1997, and has registered 10 double-doubles and one triple-double. As a true freshman in 1996, McCoy started every game and earned first-team Freshman All-American and was a member of the All-Pac-10 freshman team.

Returning Lettermen (4)

20 Brandon Loyd, 5-10, Jr., G, Tulsa, OK (Memorial HS)
1998 Season Highlights -- In the win at Arizona State, Loyd played 13 minutes, his most since Dec. 6, and hit two key three-poiters, finishing with six points (2-2, 2-2, 0-2). He played seven minutes at Arizona and did not score. Loyd started UCLA's first four games this season (for a career six starts, including two last season). He did not play vs. Illinois. Played three minutes at UNLV (Loyd played three minutes in three straight games, UNLV, Boise State and Saint Louis). A highlight contest this season was UCLA's first game of the year vs. North Carolina, when he played a career-high 28 minutes, scored a season-high nine points, including 3-6 from the three-point line. He averaged almost 25 minutes a game in Alaska. He's averaging 12.2 minutes a game, 2.5 points and 47.1 (8-17) from the field, 50.0 (8-16) from the three point line and 66.7 (4-6) from the foul line. His season-highs include - nine points vs. North Carolina, two rebounds vs. Alabama-Birmingham, one assist vs. New Mexico and a career-high 28 minutes vs. North Carolina.

Career Highlights --As a true frosh in 1996, he played in 17 games. Saved his best for last, hitting two of three, three-pointers in 12 minutes against Princeton, nearly sparking the Bruins to a come-from-behind victory. In the summer of '96, played for the Pac-10 All-Stars on its tour of Japan. The conference All-Stars had an unbeaten 4-0 record against Japanese competition and Loyd started two of the four games. Last year as a sophomore, Loyd scored a career-high 12 points at Oregon State, including four three-pointers.

30 Sean Farnham, 6-6, So., F, Clayton,CA (Concord De LaSalle HS)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has played in three games this year (CS Fullerton, Alaska-Anchorage and North Carolina). His season-highs include-one point vs. Alaska-Anchorage, a career-high tying three rebounds vs. CS Fullerton, one assist vs. CS Fullerton, a career-high two blocked shots vs. CS Fullerton and eight minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Career Highlights - Originally a true freshman walkon, Farnham was given a scholarship before the start of the 1996-97 season. Last year, he played in nine games, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds, with career-highs that included -- six points vs. Charleston Southern; three rebounds vs. Jackson State; two assists vs. Charleston Southern and one steal vs. Stanford, a.

15 Matt Harbour, 6-1, So., G, Camarillo, CA (Sabino HS, Tucson, AZ)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has played in two games this year (CS Fullerton and Alaska-Anchorage). His season-highs include-a career-high four points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, two rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage and a career-best seven minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Career Highlights --- A walkon, Harbour appeared in eight games in 1997, averaging 0.5 points and rebounds. His bests from last season included two points and a career-high three rebounds vs. Charleston Southern in the NCAA.

Prep Highlights -- In 1995-96, prepped at Sabino HS in Tucson, AZ and from 1992-95, was at Camarillo, CA HS. At Sabino HS last season, Harbour helped lead his team to a League title, region championship and the Arizona State semifinals. He earned first-team All-Region, second-team All-Southern Arizona and All-State honorable mention, while averaging 15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists a game, while shooting 57.0 from the field and 79.0 from the foul line. His father, John, played basketball at Arizona and brother, David, played at Stanford.

23 Vince McGautha, 5-11, Sr., G, Fremont, CA (Washington HS)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has played in two games (CS Fullerton and Alaska-Anchorage). His season highs include - two points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one rebound vs. Alaska-Anchorage and CS Fullerton and a career-high nine minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Career Highlights -- Played in 10 games last year as a walkon, averaging 0.7 points and 0.6 rebounds. Career highs include five points vs. WSU (1/2/97) and two rebounds vs. Morgan State (12/28/96). Prep Highlights -- Prepped at Washington HS in Fremont, CA. A two-time captain,, McGautha participated in two Mission Valley Athletic League championships and was an All-League selection. As a senior in 1993-94, he averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals a game, while shooting 76.0 from the foul line. Also All-League in baseball (outfielder-pitcher), hitting .416 as a senior.

Eligible Transfers (1)

4 Kevin Daley, 6-6, So., F, Panama City, PAN/Lakewood (Nevada/Artesia)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has appeared in four contests (Northern Arizona, CS Fullerton, Alaska-Anchorage, North Carolina). His season bests are- six points vs. CS Fullerton, three rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one assist vs. North Carolina and and CS Fullerton and nine minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Career Highlights -- Sat out last year at UCLA after transferring to UCLA from Nevada (Reno). As a true freshman at Nevada in 1995-96, Daley appeared in 26 games, averaging almost six minutes a contest.

Incoming Freshmen (6)

5 Baron Davis, 6-1 1/2, Fr., G, Los Angeles (Crossroads)
1998 Preseason Honors - National- Slam Magazine honorable mention All-American; Athlon No. 1 incoming freshman, Dick Vitale No. 3 incoming freshman; The Sporting News' No. 12 point guard. Pac-10 -- Basketball Weekly second team, The Sporting News', Street & Smith's and Preview Sports' Newcomer of the Year.

1998 Season Highlights -- The top freshman point guard in the nation, Davis has started 11 of 12 games (did not start vs. CS Fullerton, late for shoot-around on game day). In UCLA's win at Arizona State, Davis he played 27 minutes and scored nine points (4-8, 0-2, 1-2), all in the final 20 minutes, and added five assists, two steals and two rebounds. In the league opener at Arizona, he played 31 minutes and scored five points (1-6, 0-2, 3-4), his second-lowest total of the year, and added five assists, two steals and two rebounds. In UCLA's win over Illinois, Davis played 38 minutes, with 12 points (4-7, 0-1, 4-7), five rebounds (1-4), six assists, three steals and three turnovers. In UCLA's win at UNLV, he again played 38 minutes, with 11 points (4-8, 1-2, 2-5) and 13 rebounds (3-10, first career double-double), with two assists and two turnovers. In 34 minutes vs. Northern Arizona, Davis had 17 points, six assists and a Pac-10 leading and season-high eight steals. Earned All-Tournament honors at The Great Alaska Shootout, twice scoring 20 or more points (a season-high 22 vs. Alabama-Birmingham, the most points by a Bruin freshman guard since Toby Bailey got 26 twice in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and 20 vs. Alaska-Anchorage, with a season-high eight assists). He's scored in double figures eight games. Davis is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (12.5) and rebounder (5.4), leads the team in assists (4.8) and is second in steals (2.2), while shooting 54.7 (58-106) from the field, 28.0 (7-25) from the three-point line and 58.7 (27-46) from the foul line. He's led the Bruins in scoring once (13 vs. NC) and in rebounding once (five vs. NC). His season-bests include - 22 points vs. Alabama-Birmingham, 13 rebounds vs. UNLV, eight assists vs. Alaska-Anchorage, eight steals vs. Northern Arizona, three blocked shots vs. Boise State and 40 minutes vs. Saint Louis. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 5, after ASU), Davis was fifth in assists (4.6), sixth in field goal percentage (54.7) and seventh in steals (2.2).

22 Rico Hines, 6-3, Fr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has played in seven of 12 games (Hines did not play vs. ASU, Arizona and Illinois, missed the UNLV game attending his grandmother's funeral who died over the Christmas holiday and Saint Louis). Got his first start of the season vs. CS Fullerton, playing nine minutes, with one rebound and one assist. Played all three games in Alaska off the bench. His season highs include- three points vs. North Carolina, one rebound five times, last vs. Northern Arizona, two assists vs. Alaska-Anchorage; one blocked shot vs. Northern Arizona; two steals vs. Northern Arizona and 19 minutes v.s North Carolina. Hines is averaging 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds.

3 Billy Knight, 6-4, Fr., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has appeared in 11 of 12 games, missing against ASU. Played one minute at Arizona, grabbing one offensive board and missing one shot. Vs. Illinois, played five minutes (with three points and a season-high tying three rebounds) and in four minutes at UNLV, he scored three points (1-2 from the three-point line). The first start of his career was vs. CS Fullerton, playing a career-high 26 minutes and scoring a career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0), with one rebound, a season-high tying one assist and one steal. Played all three games in Alaska off the bench. He's the Bruins' No. 8 scorer (4.0), with a 1.2 rebound average and shooting 51.5 (17-33) from the field, 35.0 (7-20) from the three-point line and 75.0 (3-4) from the foul line. His season-highs include-15 points vs. CS Fullerton, three rebounds vs. Illinois and North Carolina, one assist vs. Northern Arizona, CS Fullerton and Alabama-Birmingham, one steal vs. CS Fullerton, New Mexico and Boise State and 26 minutes vs. CS Fullerton.

11 Todd Ramasar, 6-4, Fr., G, Corona (Riverside North)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has played in two games (Alaska-Anchorage and CS Fullerton). His season highs include- one rebound vs. CS Fullerton and Alaska-Anchorage, one steal vs. Alaska-Anchorage and seven minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

13 Travis Reed, 6-6, Fr., F, Los Angeles/Fontana (AB Miller)
1998 Season Highlights -- Reed has appeared 10 of 12 games and had two consecutive starts (Northern Arizona and CS Fullerton). He did not play vs. ASU and played one minute at Arizona. Did not play vs. Illinois and against UNLV, played 10 minutes off the bench. Got his first start of the season vs. CS Fullerton and responded with his first career double-double -- a season-high tying 14 points (6-8, 0-0, 2-7) and a season and team-high 10 rebounds (4-6). Also had a career-high two assists and one blocked shot, with one steal. Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Reed had his second consecutive strong performance. Scored a season-high 14 points (7-8 from the field), with three rebounds in 28 minutes (career-high). Played in all three games off the bench in Alaska and had a breakthrough effort in the second half vs. UAB. His presence in the second half vs. Alabama-Birmingham helped the Bruins come back from an 18-point third quarter deficit. In that game, Reed played 24 minutes (16 in the second half), with eight points (five in the second half) and three rebounds (two in the second half). UCLA's No. 7 scorer (4.9) and rebounder (2.9). He is shooting 64.7 (22-34) from the field, best among regulars. His season highs include - 14 points vs. CS Fullerton and New Mexico, 10 rebounds vs. CS Fullerton, two assists vs. CS Fullerton, five steals vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one blocked shot three times, last vs. CS Fullerton and 28 minutes vs. New Mexico.

25 Earl Watson, 6-0, Fr., G, Kansas City, KS (Washington)
1998 Season Highlights -- Watson has started all 12 games and is the Pac-10 leader in steals. In 36 minutes at Arizona State, he contributed three points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal. In 34 minutes at Arizona, he had six points, six assists, four rebounds and one steal. In 31 minutes vs. Illinois, Watson had seven points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers. In a season-high 40 minutes at UNLV, he scored 10 points (second-highest this season), with four rebounds, four assists, three steals and only one turnovers. His highlight games include - against CS Fullerton, Watson played 31 minutes, with a career-high 11 points (4-6, 2-2, 1-2), three-rebounds, a career-high 10 assists (his first career double-double) and five steals. For his efforts vs. CS Fullerton, he was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee. Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Watson played 36 minutes and had a team-high nine rebounds, five steals and a season-best two blocked shots, with six points. Started all three games at The Alaska Shootout and joined Baron Davis as the first set of true freshman starting guards in UCLA history since 1979-80. Watson is the team's No. 6 scorer (6.2), No. 5 rebounder (4.8), first in steals (2.8), second in minutes (33.7) and third in assists (3.8), while shooting 39.1 from the field, 42.1 (8-19) from the three-point line and 66.7 from the foul line. His season-highs include - 11 points vs. CS Fullerton, nine rebounds vs. New Mexico, 10 assists vs. CS Fullerton, seven steals vs. Northern Arizona, two blocked shots vs. Arizona State and New Mexico and 40 minutes vs. UNLV. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 5, after ASU), Watson first in steals (2.8).

1997-98 TEAM STATS

Triple-Double            Players(s)
(Pts.-Reb.)              J. R. Henderson (5)
                         Travis Reed (1)
                         Baron Davis (1)    
(Pts.-Asts.)             Earl Watson (1)     
Double Figures (Pts.)    Toby Bailey (11)
                         J. R. Henderson (11)
                         Baron Davis (8)
                         Kris Johnson (6)
                         Earl Watson (2)
                         Travis Reed (2)
                         Jelani McCoy (1)
                         Billy Knight (1)
30-Pt. Scoring           J. R. Henderson (1)
20-Pt. Scoring           J. R. Henderson (8)
                         Toby Bailey (3)
                         Baron Davis (2)
                         Kris Johnson (2)
Double Figures (Reb.)    J. R. Henderson (5)
                         Travis Reed (1)
                         Baron Davis (1)
Double Figures (Ast.)    Earl Watson (1)
Leading Scorers          J. R. Henderson (8)
(w/Ties)                 Toby Bailey (2)
                         Kris Johnson (2)
                         Baron Davis (1)
Leading Rebounders       J. R. Henderson (8)
(w/Ties)                 Toby Bailey (2)
                         Earl Watson (3)
                         Jelani McCoy (1)
                         Baron Davis (1)
                         Travis Reed (1)
FOR THE RECORD (1997-98)
UCLA 80 Pts. or Over     5-0         
UCLA 79 Pts. or Under    5-2    
Opp. 80 Pts or more.     1-2    
Opp Under 80 Pts.        9-0        
Leading at Half  Tied    Trailing at Half
7-1              1-0     2-1
FG % of .500 or better    Less than .500
5-0                       5-2
Opp. FG % under .400
Opp. FG% between .400-.500
Opp. FG% over .500
Outshooting Opp.    Outshot by Opp.
9-1                 1-1
UCLA Reb. Advantage    Opp. Advantage    Tied
6-0                    3-2               1-0
With five minutes to play
UCLA leads with 5:00 to play:  8-0
UCLA trails with 5:00 to play: 1-2
UCLA tied with 5:00 to play:   1-0
Margin of Victory 
One Point: 0-0       Two Points: 0-0
Three Points: 0-0    Four Points: 0-0
5-10 Pts.: 5-0       11-15 Pts.: 2-1
16-19 Pts.: 0-0      20 or more: 3-1
Overtime: 0-0
By Day
Monday     2-0    Friday    1-0
Tuesday    1-0    Saturday  5-1
Wednesday  0-0    Sunday    0-0
Thursday   1-1
By Month
November   2-1    February  0-0
December   7-0    March     0-0
January    1-1
Night and Day
Night      6-2    Day       4-0