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No. 8 UCLA Travels to Bay Area for Games with California and Stanford

Three-Game Winning Streak Includes Sweep of Oregon Schools
Jan. 12, 1998

Thursday, Jan. 15 -- No. 8 UCLA (12-2, 3-1) at California (5-6, 1-2), Oakland Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. PST (TV-Fox Sports Net; Radio- AM 1150 Sports Radio LA with Chris Roberts & Lew Stowers).

Looking Ahead -- Saturday, Jan. 17 - No. 8 UCLA at No. 7 Stanford (14-0, 3-0 with a game Thursday vs. USC), Maples Pavilion, 1:00 p.m. PST - (TV- CBS, Channel 2 in Los Angeles). All UCLA games are radio broadcast on AM 1150 Sports Radio LA.

No. 8 UCLA (12-2, 2-1) Starting Lineup
UCLA (AP No. 8, USA Today - No. 9)
Starters

No. Name           Pos.  Ht.     Cl.  Ppg    Rpg
12  Toby Bailey      F   6-5     Sr.  17.0   5.1
54  Kris Johnson    F/G  6-4     Sr.  15.4   3.4
52  J. R. Henderson  C   6-8 1/2 Sr.  18.9   8.6
5   Baron Davis      G   6-1 1/2 Fr.  11.9   4.6
25  Earl Watson      G   6-0     Fr.  6.4    4.7
Reserves
3   Billy Knight    F/G  6-4     Fr.  4.4    1.1
13  Travis Reed      F   6-6     Fr.  4.3    2.6
20  Brandon Loyd     G   5-10    Jr.  2.2    0.3
34  Jelani McCoy     C   6-10    Jr.  10.8   7.6

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 36-10. As head coach at UCLA, he is 1-1 vs. both California and Stanford.

Bruin Notes - UCLA, three-time defending Pac-10 Champion, had its nine-game winning streak snapped at Arizona on Jan. 3, losing 87-75. It has won three straight, 12 of its last 13 and 24 of its last 27. UCLA's senior class has never lost two consecutive Pac-10 games.

California (5-6, 1-2) Starting Lineup

Starters
No.  Name          Pos. Ht.   Cl.  Ppg   Rpg
33   Michael Gill   F   6-6   Jr.  11.9  3.9
40   Sean Marks     F   6-11  Sr.  8.6   8.6
54   Kenyon Jones   C   6-10  Jr.  7.2   3.4
10   Raymond King   G   5-10  So.  6.3   3.5
25   Geno Carlisle  G   6-3   Jr.  19.8  2.2

Head Coach Ben Braun: In his second year at California, with a school record of 28-15. In his 21st year of collegiate head coaching, he was at Siena Heights (148-103) and Eastern Michigan (185-132), he's 361-250. He is 1-1 vs. UCLA.

California in 1997-98: The Golden Bears have been a team of streaks thus far. They lost their first four games of the year, then won four straight entering the Pac-10 season. They split in Oregon, losing to the Ducks (66-59) and beating the Beavers (84-70). Last Saturday, they dropped a 10-point decision at Stanford, 84-74.

Series History: UCLA leads the series with California, 113-84, and has won five of the last six. Last year, the schools split with the visiting team winning both times - UCLA won 64-56 at San Francisco's Cow Palace and California won 71-68 at Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA's Last Two Games

On Jan. 8 - Five players scored in double figures as UCLA defeated Oregon State, 90-72, before 9,614 at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA led 49-30 at the half and by 34 (78-44) with 7:03 remaining in the contest. Kris Johnson made nine of 10 field goal attempts en route to his team-leading 20 points. J.R. Henderson (5-7, 2-6), Earl Watson (3-5, 2-4, 4-4) and Jelani McCoy (5-5, 2-5) each scored 12 points and Toby Bailey (4-10, 1-4, 2-5) added 11. McCoy led the Bruins with eight rebounds, Watson added four rebounds, three assists and three steals to go with his career-high 12 points and Henderson added four boards and three steals. Baron Davis passed for a career-high nine assists to go with eight points, two steals and two blocks and Billy Knight added nine points off the bench. As a team, UCLA shot 61.1 (33-54) from the field, 42.1 (8-19) from three-point range and 51.6 (16-31) from the line, with 28 rebounds, 17 assists, 11 steals, 10 blocks and 14 turnovers. Oregon State shot 44.1 (26-59) from the floor, 40.9 (9-22) from three-point range and 57.9 (11-19) from the line with 40 rebounds, 12 assists, five steals, one block and 25 turnovers.

On Jan. 10 - Baron Davis' layup with 25 seconds remaining and UCLA's final defensive stop enabled the Bruins to defeat the Oregon Ducks, 68-66, before 11,713 in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA, using a withering defensive press, bolted to a 16-0 lead and led 23-3 just six minutes into the contest. However, Oregon battled back to take a 59-58 lead with 6:03 remaining. The Ducks led by three, 62-59 with 4:52 left, but the Bruins scored nine of the game's final 13 points for the win. Earl Watson's rebound basket brought the Bruins to within one and Kris Johnson's three-pointer gave them a 64-62 lead. Oregon scored the next four points, but J.R. Henderson's turnaround with 1:03 remaining tied the game at 66. Oregon ran the shot clock down but Davis tipped a dribble to Watson, who passed to Davis for the game-winning layup. Johnson led the Bruins with 20 points while Toby Bailey added 16 points and four assists. Henderson, who played just 18 minutes because of a scratched cornea (right eye) suffered in the first half, added 12 points while Jelani McCoy added 10 points and four blocks. Davis had eight assists and four steals to go with eight points and Watson led the team with five rebounds. UCLA shot 56.3 (27-48) from the floor, 33.3 (3-9) from three-point range and 55.0 (11-20) from the line, with 23 rebounds, 13 assists, nine steals, four blocks and 13 turnovers. Oregon shot 51.9 (27-52) from the floor, 46.2 (6-13) from three-point range and 75.0 (6-8) from the line, with 31 rebounds, 12 assists, five steals, three blocks and 19 turnovers.

Bruin Notes

UCLA's senior trio (Toby Bailey, J. R. Henderson and Kris Johnson) has never lost two consecutive Pac-10 games. Their league record is 51-7 (87.9) and their overall mark is 91-19 (82.7), with three Pac-10 titles, one NCAA championship and an Elite Eight finish.

In their last four games, the Bruins are shooting 53.2 (117-220) from the field and 39.3 (24-61) from three-point range. They shot 48.7 from the floor and 30.6 from three-point range in their first 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 12-2 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 51-7 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, 14-4 vs. Oregon (includes Pac-10 Postseason), 14-3 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).

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 1,416-606 (70.0, 2,022 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 467-51 (518 games, 90.2; Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion), including a 7-0 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 in his second season as head coach and seventh on the Bruin staff. His 24 wins in 1997 were 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 23-3, 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    12-2
1996-97    24-8 (Pac-10 Champ)
           36-10 (78.3)
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    162-42 (79.4)
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)-- 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.

BRUINS IN THE POLLS

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
Week Nine (Jan. 12)  8th   9th

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

Pac-10 Stats (Jan. 12, before California)
Here are the Bruin rankings for this week (Jan. 12, before California)--
Team--Scoring Offense- 4th, 80.6; Scoring Margin-4th, +6.9; FG %-1st, 49.9; FT %-8th, 62.9; 3-Pt. %-9th, 33.3; 3-Pt. Field Goals-9th, 4.6; Scoring Defense-6th, 73.7; FG % Defense-6th, 44.4; 3-Pt. FG% Defense- 9th, 36.9; Rebounding Margin-9th -0.1; Off. Rebounds-9th, 12.2; Def. Rebounds-7th, 23.0; Turnover Margin-4th, +2.8; Assists-5th, 15.8; Assist/Turnover Ratio-4th, 0.97; Steals-4th, 9.2; Blocked Shots-6th, 3.8.

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

Individual--Scoring-J.R. Henderson, 3rd, 18.9; Toby Bailey, 9th, 17.0; Kris Johnson, 14th, 15.4. Rebounding- J.R. Henderson, 4th, 8.6; Toby Bailey, 17th, 5.1. FG %-Kris Johnson, 5th, 57.4; Baron Davis, 8th, 53.3; J.R. Henderson, 9th, 52.9. 3-Pt FG% - Kris Johnson, 3rd, 48.3. Assists-Baron Davis, 3rd, 5.1; Toby Bailey, 10th, 3.9. Steals-Earl Watson, T-1st, 2.6; Baron Davis, 7th, 2.3. Toby Bailey's 13 (for 15) free throws made vs. Alabama-Birmingham is second in 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 6-0 when scoring 80 or more points and 11-0 when holding the opposition to 79 or under.

The Bruins are 9-1 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 7-0 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 8-1 (lost to Arizona (40.0) when holding the opposition to between 40.0-50.0 from the field, 2-0 under 40.0 and 2-1 when the opponent shoots over 50.0 from the field (beat Oregon (51.9) and Northern Arizona (52.0) and lost to North Carolina (62.7).

UCLA is 11-1 (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 seven opponents (Oregon, Oregon State, 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 5-2 when the advantage is to the opponent (won vs. Oregon (31-23), Oregon State (40-28), 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 four games (Oregon, Oregon State, at Arizona State and at Arizona). UCLA is 9-0 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 2-0 when tied (Oregon and 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 Radio 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.am1150.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 new official website site - http://www.ucla.edu.

UCLA PLAYER UPDATES--
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 over Oregon, he played 40 minutes (sixth time this season) and scored 16 points (7-10, 1-2, 1-3) and added four assists and three rebounds. He has scored in double figures in 13 games this season and 24 of his last 25. In the win over Oregon State, he played 25 minutes and scored 11 points (4-10, 1-4, 2-5) with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. His defense also helped hold OSU star Corey Benjamin to just 14 points (6-14 from the field, 0-5 from three-point range). In UCLA's win at ASU, he played played 35 minutes and tallied seven points and 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. He fouled out of both Arizona games, the first time in his career he fouled out in back-to-back contests. 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, 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 (34.4), is second in scoring (17.0) and assists (3.9), third in rebounding (5.1) and fourth in steals (1.0), while shooting 43.5 from the field, 25.4 (1-63, team-highs) from the three-point line and a team-best 76.1 (54-71) from the foul line. 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 eight times, last vs. Oregon and 40 minutes six times, last vs. Oregon. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 12), Bailey is ninth in scoring (17.0), 17th in rebounding (5.1) and 10th in assists (3.9). His 13 free throws made vs. Alabama-Birmingham are second in the Pac-10.

Career Highlights -- Bruin career charts -- scoring (15th, 1,493; 14th, Tyus Edney, 1,515, 1992-95); three-point field goals scored (2nd, 140; lst, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92); three-point field goals attempted (2nd, 419; lst, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92); assists (8th, 378; 7th, Gerald Madkins, 404, 1988-92). Bailey has scored in double figures 76 times in his career (he had a string of 22 broken against ASU), including 13 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 90 straight games (played in a total of 110 contests; the school record for games played is 130, set by Mitchell Butler, 1990-93), including all 14 this season, all 32 in 1997, all 31 in '96 and the last 13 in 1995. Has played 3,520 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 third-leading scorer (18.9) and fourth-leading rebounder (8.6). In UCLA's win over Oregon, he played just 18 minutes due to a scratched cornea (right eye) suffered in the first half. He tallied 12 points (4-6, 4-7) and added three rebounds and one steal. He scored five of UCLA's final 12 points, including a basket with 1:03 left to tie the game at 66. In the Bruins' win over Oregon State, he played 29 minutes and had 12 points (5-7, 2-6) with four rebounds and three steals. 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. In the Pac-10 opener at Arizona, he played 26 minutes and had his worst scoring effort of the year, finishing with three points (1-6, 1-2) but grabbed 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 (18.9) and rebounder (8.6), he's also fourth in minutes (31.2) and assists (1.2), while shooting 52.9 from the field and 62.6 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 five of the last seven 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 grabbed at least eight rebounds in eight of his last 10 games and nine overall. He has scored in double figures in 13 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 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. Oregon State, 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
 


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