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Jelani McCoy

 
No. 10 UCLA Hosts USC on Wednesday and Louisville On Sunday

Men's basketball tries to improve on 13-3 record

Jan. 19, 1998

Wednesday, Jan. 21 -- No. 9 UCLA (13-3, 4-2) hosts USC (6-10, 2-4), Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. PST (TV-Fox Sports West 2; Radio- AM 1150 Sports Radio LA with Chris Roberts & Lew Stowers).

Looking Ahead -- Sunday, Jan. 25 - UCLA hosts Louisville, Pauley 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. 9 UCLA (13-3, 4-2) Starting Lineup
Starters
No. Name             Pos. Ht.      Cl.   Ppg     Rpg
12  Toby Bailey       F   6-5      Sr.   17.0   5.3
54  Kris Johnson    F/G   6-4      Sr.   16.4   4.7
52  J. R. Henderson   C   6-8 1/2  Sr.   19.1   8.4
5   Baron Davis       G   6-1 1/2  Fr.   11.2   4.5
25   Earl Watson      G   6-0      Fr.    5.8   4.4
Reserves
3   Billy Knight    F/G    6-4   Fr.    3.8   0.9
13  Travis Reed       F    6-6   Fr.    4.3   2.6
20  Brandon Loyd      G   5-10   Jr.    1.9   0.3
34  Jelani McCoy      C   6-10   Jr.   10.6   7.9

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 37-11. As head coach at UCLA, he is 2-0 vs. USC and 0-1 vs. Louisville.

Bruin Notes - UCLA, three-time defending Pac-10 Champion, has won 13 of its last 15 games and 25 of its last 29. The three losses this season are to Top 10 teams North Carolina (18-1), Arizona (15-3) and Stanford (16-0), with a combined record of 49-4 - all away from Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's senior class has never lost two consecutive Pac-10 games.

USC (6-10, 2-4) Starting Lineup
USC Starters
Starters
No.   Name           Pos.   Ht.      Cl.   Ppg      Rpg
13   Adam Spanich     F     6-7      Jr.   13.2   3.6
22   Shannon Swillis  F     6-6      Fr.    4.2   6.8
44   Greg Lakey       C     6-8      Fr.    4.6   3.3
24   Ken Sims         G     6-5      Sr.    3.7   2.9
25   Gary Johnson     G     6-0      Sr.   13.1   2.6

Head Coach Henry Bibby: In his second full year and third overall at USC, with a school record of 23-30. He is 0-3 vs. his alma mater. He was an All-American guard (1972) and started on three NCAA championship UCLA teams (1970-71-72) that compiled a record of 87-3.

USC in 1997-98: The Trojans have lost their last two league games, losing at Stanford 99-62 on Jan. 15 and at California 92-82 on Jan. 17. USC has three players averaging in double figures--Adam Spanich, 13.2, Gary Johnson, 13.1 and Jarvis Turner, 12.1. Turner led Troy with 15 points and Stanford and Johnson contributed 18 at Cal.

Series History: UCLA leads the series with USC, 110-93, and have won the last six meetings between the two schools. The Bruins have also won the last four games in Pauley Pavilion (USC's last win in Pauley was 72-62 in 1993. Last season, the Bruins defeated the Trojans 96-87 at the Sports Arena and 82-60 at Pauley Pavilion. In the game at the Sports Arena, UCLA rallied from a 15-5 deficit to build an 18-point lead in the second half. USC closed to within four points but could get no closer. J.R. Henderson came off the bench to score 24 points and grab 11 rebounds. Kris Johnson added 19 points off the bench, including two critical baskets in the final five minutes, and Charles O'Bannon added 18 points and 11 rebounds. UCLA shot 67.3 from the field. In the return game at Pauley, UCLA rallied from an eight-point deficit for the win. Toby Bailey led the Bruins with 24 points and seven rebounds, O'Bannon added 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Jelani McCoy added 15 points and seven rebounds.

UCLA's Last Two Games
On Jan. 15-UCLA, behind its trio of seniors, rallied from several eight-point second-half deficits to defeat the California Golden Bears, 74-73, at New Arena at the Oakland Coliseum. J.R. Henderson led the Bruins with 25 points, making seven of 11 field goals and 11 of 13 free throws, and added nine rebounds. Kris Johnson recorded the first double-double of his career, scoring 23 points (6-15, 1-6, 10-12) and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds. Toby Bailey added 16 points (4-8, 3-5, 5-6), including a long three-pointer with the shot clock about to expire to give UCLA the lead for good, 70-68, with 1:44 remaining in the game. He also had three boards and two blocks, including one with 1:20 left that led to a Cal foul and two Johnson free throws.The Bruins took an early six-point lead but was outscored 17-4 in the final nine minutes to trail by seven (32-25) at halftime. They still trailed by eight points (63-55) with seven minutes remaining in the game. Over the next four minutes, UCLA outscored the Golden Bears, 12-3, to take a 67-66 lead on two J.R. Henderson free throws (Johnson had six points in the run). Cal briefly regained the lead before Bailey's three-pointer put the Bruins ahead for good with 1:44 remaining. UCLA then made four of six free throws to make the score 74-71 with 11 seconds left before the Golden Bears finished with a dunk. On the evening, UCLA shot 44.7 (21-47) from the floor, 27.8 (5-18) from three-point range and an outstanding 77.1 (27-35) from the line, with 37 rebounds (13 offensive), 13 assists, four blocks, one steal and 19 turnovers. California shot 40.6 (26-64) from the floor, 23.1 (3-13) from three-point range and 78.3 (18-23) from the line with 33 rebounds (17 offensive), 10 assists, 10 steals, four blocks and 10 turnovers.

Jan. 17-UCLA trailing by 18 points at halftime, made several second-half rallies but could overcome the large deficit and dropped a 93-80 decision to the Stanford Cardinal. In the first 7:21 of the second half, the Bruins outscored the Cardinal, 24-7, to pull within one point (58-57) on Toby Bailey's dunk. With 10 minutes remaining, Stanford had built the lead back to 12 (70-58), but Kris Johnson's three-point play with 7:21 remaining brought the Bruins to within two points, 70-68. They would get no closer. With 7:01 remaining, J.R. Henderson was called for his fifth foul (he had his fourth with 11:09 left but could not come out) and with 5:13 remaining and UCLA trailing by three, Baron Davis was cited for his fifth foul. UCLA was led by a trio of players who recorded double-doubles. Johnson had his second straight double-double (first time in his career) - 20 points (6-12, 3-7, 5-6) and 10 rebounds. Jelani McCoy, playing his best game of the year, scored 19 points (6-14, 7-14) and had a game-high 12 boards and Toby Bailey contributed 18 points (7-24, 3-9, 1-2) and 11 rebounds, including nine off the offensive glass. Henderson, bothered by foul trouble, added 17 points and Baron Davis had six points (including the team's first four), five rebounds, five assists and four steals. UCLA shot 40.3 (27-67) from the floor, 35.3 (6-17) from three-point range and 62.5 (20-32) from the line, with 48 rebounds (12 more than the Cardinal), 11 assists, five blocks, four steals and 16 turnovers. Stanford shot 43.1 (25-58) from the floor, an amazing 53.8 (14-26) from three-point range and 70.7 (29-41) from the line, with 36 rebounds, 16 assists, four steals, two blocks and just eight 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 52-8 (86.7) and their overall mark is 92-20 (82.1), with three Pac-10 titles, one NCAA championship and an Elite Eight finish.

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 13-3 to start the season and its the best start since 1994-95, when UCLA won the NCAA title (15-1 after 16 games. In 1993-94, the Bruins were 15-1 after 16 games. 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 Media Relations 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 52-8 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), 11-6 vs. California, 14-4 vs. Oregon (includes Pac-10 Postseason), 14-3 vs. Oregon State, 11-6 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 24-4, 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   13-3
1996-97   24-8 (Pac-10 Champ)
         37-11 (77.1)
          
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 163-43 (79.1)
          
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

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
Week 10 (Jan. 19)     9th      10th
NCAA Stats (Jan. 12, before California)
Team- None
Individual--Field Goal %, 12th, 49.9%

Pac-10 Stats (Jan. 19, before USC)
Here are the Bruin rankings for this week (Jan. 12, before California)--

Team--Scoring Offense- 4th, 80.2; Scoring Margin-4th, +5.3; FG %-3rd, 48.9; FT %-9th, 64.0; 3-Pt. %-8th, 33.0; 3-Pt. Field Goals-8th, 4.8; Scoring Defense-7th, 74.9; FG % Defense-5th, 44.1; 3-Pt. FG% Defense- 9th, 37.7; Rebounding Margin-6th +0.9; Off. Rebounds-6th, 12.9; Def. Rebounds-7th, 23.2; Turnover Margin-6th, +1.4; Assists-5th, 15.3; Assist/Turnover Ratio-4th, 0.93; Steals-5th, 8.4; Blocked Shots-4th, 3.9. 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, 19.1; Toby Bailey, 9th, 17.0; Kris Johnson, 13th, 16.4. Rebounding- J.R. Henderson, 4th, 8.4; Toby Bailey, 17th, 5.3. FG %-Kris Johnson, 6th, 54.7; Baron Davis, 8th, 53.8; J.R. Henderson, 9th, 53.4. 3-Pt FG% - Kris Johnson, 8th, 42.9. Assists-Baron Davis, 3rd, 5.2. Steals-Earl Watson, T-6th, 2.3; Baron Davis, T-6th, 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 6-1 when scoring 80 or more points and 12-0 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 3-2 when trailing (lost to North Carolina (55-34) and Stanford (51-33) and beat Alabama-Birmingham (42-28), Boise State (42-41) and California (32-25)).

UCLA is 7-0 when shooting 50.0 or better from the field and 6-3 when shooting below 50.0. The Bruins are 9-2 (lost to Arizona (40.0) and Stanford (43.1)) 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 12-1 (lost at Arizona, 46.2-40.0) when outshooting the opponent and 1-2 (beat Saint Louis (45.5-40.0) and lost to North Carolina (62.7-40.6) and Stanford (43.1-40.3)) when outshot. UCLA has outshot its last eight of its last nine opponents.

The Bruins are 7-1 with a rebound advantage, 1-0 when tied (UAB, 31-31) and 5-2 when the advantage is to the opponent.

UCLA is 9-0 when leading at the five minute mark; 2-3 when trailing (the Bruins trailed Alabama-Birmingham 64-66 at the five-minute mark and trailed California, 65-64 at the five-minute mark and came back to win both games; trailed at Stanford, 76-71, at Arizona 70-61 and North Carolina 99-63 with five minutes left, all 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 11-1 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 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 loss at Stanford, Bailey played all 40 minutes (seventh time this season) and recorded his first double-double of the season with 18 points (7-24, 3-9, 1-2) and 11 rebounds, including a career-high nine offensive boards. He added three assists. He has scored in double figures in 15 games this season and 26 of his last 27. In the win at California, he played 39 minutes and contributed 16 points (4-8, 3-5, 5-6), including a three-pointer that gave UCLA the lead for good, three rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots. In the win over Oregon, he played 40 minutes and scored 16 points (7-10, 1-2, 1-3) and added four assists and three rebounds. 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, 11 rebounds vs. Stanford, nine assists vs. Arizona State, three steals vs. CS Fullerton and Alaska-Anchorage, two blocked shots vs. California and 40 minutes seven times, last vs. Stanford. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 19, before USC), Bailey is ninth in scoring (17.0) and 17th in rebounding (5.3). His 13 free throws made vs. Alabama-Birmingham are second in the Pac-10. In league play, he is 18th in scoring (14.2).
Career Highlights -- Bruin career charts -- scoring (14th, 1,527; 13th, Shon Tarver, 1,575, 1991-94); three-point field goals scored (2nd, 146; lst, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92); three-point field goals attempted (2nd, 433; lst, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92); assists (8th, 382; 7th, Gerald Madkins, 404, 1988-92). Bailey has scored in double figures 78 times in his career (he had a string of 22 broken against ASU), including 15 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 92 straight games (played in a total of 112 contests; the school record for games played is 130, set by Mitchell Butler, 1990-93), including all 16 this season, all 32 in 1997, all 31 in '96 and the last 13 in 1995. Has played 3,599 career minutes, averaging 32.1 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 (19.1) and fourth-leading rebounder (8.4). In UCLA's loss at Stanford, he played 33 minutes before fouling out with seven minutes left and contributed 17 points (5-10, 7-10), six rebounds, one assist and two blocks. In the win at California, he played all 40 minutes and just missed a double-double, finishing with 25 points (7-11, 0-1, 11-13), nine rebounds and two assists. In his last five games, J.R. has made 31 of 49 field goal attempts (.633) and 35 of 49 free throws (.714) while averaging 19.4 points. 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 (19.1) and rebounder (8.4), he's also fourth in minutes (31.9) and assists (1.3), while shooting 53.4 from the field and 64.9 from the foul line. He's led the Bruins in scoring nine 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, a career-high 31 vs. ASU and 25 vs. California) and in rebounding eight times, including five of the last nine 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 nine of his last 12 games and 10 overall. He has scored in double figures in 15 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. California, ASU and New Mexico. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 19, before USC), he is third in scoring (19.1), fourth in rebounding (8.4) and ninth in field goal percentage (53.4). In league play, he is 12th in scoring (16.7), 10th in rebounding (6.8) and fifth in field goal percentage (58.2).
Career Highlights -- On the Bruin career charts - points (16th, 1,481; 15th, Tyus Edney, 1,515, 1992-95); rebounds (16th, 694; 15th, Keith Erickson, 697, 1963-65; 14th, Steve Patterson, 706, 1969-71); field goal percentage (8th, 55.1 (552-1,002); 7th, Darren Daye, 55.5 (452-815), 1980-83). Henderson has scored in double figures 79 times in his career, including 15 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 19 times in his career, including nine of the last 15 games, and has 10 double-doubles, including five this season. He has appeared in 110 games and has started 32 of his last 33 games, including 15 of 16 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 his six Pac-10 games, Johnson is averaging a team-best 20.3 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 59.5 (44-74) from the floor, 50.0 (15-30) from three-point range and 82.6 (19-23) from the line. He has scored at least 20 points in four of those six games. In UCLA's loss at Stanford, he played 39 minutes and led the team with 20 points (6-12, 3-7, 5-6) and added 10 rebounds - his second straight double-double, a career first - and one assist. In the win at California, he played 38 minutes and recorded his first career double-double with 23 points (6-15, 1-6, 10-12) and a career-high 12 rebounds. In the win over Oregon, he played 33 minutes and led the team with 18 points (7-12, 2-5, 2-3) and added four rebounds and a career-high tying three steals. In the victory over Oregon State, he played 23 minutes and led the team with 20 points (9-10, 2-3, 0-0). 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 league opener at Arizona, he played 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. Vs. the Arizona schools, 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 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 five turnovers. Missed the first four games, has started the last 10 contests and played in 12 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 five turnovers. His first game was CS Fullerton, playing 15 minutes and getting 15 points. Johnson is the team's third-leading scorer (16.4) overall and No. 1 in league play (20.3). He is also fourth in rebounding (4.7) while shooting 54.7 from the field, a team-best 42.9 from the three-point line and a team-best 76.5 from the foul line. His season-highs include -- 28 points vs. Arizona, a career-high 12 rebounds vs. California, two assists vs. Arizona State, Boise State and Northern Arizona, a career-high tying three steals vs. Oregon and Northern Arizona, one blocked shot vs. ASU and UNLV and 39 minutes vs. Stanford. 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. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 19, before USC), he is 13th in scoring (16.4), sixth in field goal % (54.7) and eighth in 3-Pt FG% (42.9). In league games only, he is sixth in scoring (20.3), fourth in FG % (59.5), fifth (tied) in 3-Pt FG % (50.0), seventh in FT % (82.6) and 15th in rebounding (5.2).
Career Highlights -- For his career from the free throw line, he is shooting 78.8 (231-293), ninth on the Bruin career chart; 8th, Tracy Murray, 79.1, 329-416, 1990-92), 51.0 (343-672) from the field and 34.5 (41-119) 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 46 times (six straight), 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.

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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 - McCoy played his best game of the year in the loss at Stanford. In a season-high 29 minutes off the bench, he scored 19 points (6-14, 7-14), grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and added one steal and one block. In the win at California, he played 23 minutes with one point (0-1, 1-3), five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. In UCLA's win over Oregon, he played 25 minutes and had 10 points (4-7, 2-3) with three rebounds and four blocks. In the victory over Oregon State, he played 24 minutes and contributed 12 points (5-5, 2-5) with eight rebounds, a season-high five blocks and one assist. In UCLA's win at Arizona State, McCoy played 26 minutes 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 and had 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 (10.6) and second in rebounding (7.9) while shooting 55.8 (29-52) from the floor and 43.2 (16-37) from the line. He leads the team in blocks (2.6). His season-highs include - 19 points vs. Stanford, 13 rebounds vs. Arizona, five blocked shots vs. Oregon State, 2 assists vs. California and Arizona and 29 minutes vs. Stanford and 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). In Pac-10 league games only (Jan. 19, before USC), he is first in blocked shots (2.8) and fourth in rebounds (8.7) and eighth in field goal percentage (55.1).
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 69.8 (319-457), 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 181 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 39 times, including three 20-point games, grabbed 10 or more rebounds on 15 occasions, including three times this year and four times (11 Duke; 10 Cal, h; 15 ASU, h; 10 Jackson State, h) in 1997, and has registered 11 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.

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20 Brandon Loyd, 5-10, Jr., G, Tulsa, OK (Memorial HS)
1998 Season Highlights - In the loss at Stanford, he played seven minutes. In the win at California, he played just two minutes and missed his only shot attempt (three-pointer). In the win versus Oregon, he played just two minutes and missed his only shot. In the win over Oregon State, he played eight minutes, missing a three-pointer and had one assist and three turnovers. 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 10.2 minutes a game, 1.9 points and 40.0 (8-20) from the field, 44.4 (8-18) 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 three games this year (Oregon State, 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 three games (Oregon State, CS Fullerton and Alaska-Anchorage). His season highs include - two points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one rebound vs. Oregon State, 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.

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4 Kevin Daley, 6-6, So., F, Panama City, PAN/Lakewood (Nevada/Artesia)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has appeared in five contests (Oregon State, 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.

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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 15 of 16 games (did not start vs. CS Fullerton, late for shoot-around on game day). Baron is averaging 6.33 assists in his last six games, 7.0 in his last four. In the loss at Stanford, he played just 23 minutes due to foul trouble and contributed six points (3-5, 0-1, 0-0), five rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block. In UCLA's win at California, he played 30 minutes (again, due to foul trouble) and finished with seven points (3-5, 1-3, 0-1), three rebounds, six assists, one steal and a career-worst eight turnovers. In the win over Oregon, he scored the winning basket with 25 seconds remaining, creating a steal on defense and taking a pass from Earl Watson for a driving layup. On the night, he played a career-high tying 40 minutes and contributed eight points (4-8, 0-1, 0-0), eight assists, four steals and three rebounds. In the victory over Oregon State, he played 35 minutes and had eight points (3-8, 0-3, 2-5), a career-high nine assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He also had a gravity-defying dunk at the end of a Watson off-the-backboard assist. In UCLA's win at Arizona State, Davis 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 (11.2) and No. 5 rebounder (4.5), leads the team in assists (5.2) and is tied for the lead in steals (2.3), while shooting 53.8 (71-132) from the field, 24.2 (8-33) from the three-point line and 55.8 (29-52) 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, nine assists vs. Oregon State, eight steals vs. Northern Arizona, three blocked shots vs. Boise State and 40 minutes vs. Oregon and Saint Louis. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 19, before USC), Davis is third in assists (5.2), eighth in field goal percentage (53.8) and sixth (tied) in steals (2.3). In league games only, he is second in assists (6.33) and third in steals (2.5).

22 Rico Hines, 6-3, Fr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has played in eight of 14 games (Hines did not play vs. Oregon, 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. Oregon State and 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 1.1 points and 0.6 rebounds.

3 Billy Knight, 6-4, Fr., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)
1998 Season Highlights -- Has appeared in 14 of 16 games, missing against Oregon and ASU. In the loss at Stanford, he played in the final minute. In the win at California, he played three minutes and missed two shots. Played nine minutes versus Oregon State and responded with nine points (2-4, 2-3, 3-4) - his highest total since scoring 15 versus Fullerton on Dec. 13 -- and one steal. 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 (3.8), with a 0.9 rebound average and shooting 48.7 (19-39) from the field, 37.5 (9-24) from the three-point line and 75.0 (6-8) 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 12 of 14 games and had two consecutive starts (Northern Arizona and CS Fullerton). He did not play at Stanford or California. He played two minutes versus Oregon. In the win over Oregon State, he played 10 minutes and contributed three points (1-2, 1-2), two rebounds, one block and one steal. 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. 8 scorer (4.3) and rebounder (2.6). He is shooting 63.9 (23-36) 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 16 games (only Toby Bailey has also done that). In UCLA's loss at Stanford, Watson played 28 minutes with no points (0-2, 0-0, 0-0), three rebounds and one block. In the win at California, he played 25 minutes and finished with two points (1-4, 0-1, 0-0), two rebounds and two assists. In the win over Oregon, his pass to Baron Davis led to the winning basket with 25 seconds remaining. He played a career-high tying 40 minutes and had four points (1-4, 0-1, 2-4), a team-high five rebounds, one steal and one assist. In the win over Oregon State, he played 25 minutes and scored a career-high 12 points (3-5, 2-4, 4-4). He added four rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block. 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, with four rebounds, four assists, three steals and only one turnovers. His highlight games include - against CS Fullerton, Watson played 31 minutes, with 11 points (4-6, 2-2, 1-2), three-rebounds, a career-high 10 assists (his first career double-double) and five steals. 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 (5.8) and No. 6 rebounder (4.4) and is first (tied) in steals (2.3), second in minutes (32.6) and third in assists (3.3), while shooting 38.0 from the field, 40.0 (10-25) from the three-point line and 68.8 from the foul line. His season-highs include - 12 points vs. Oregon State, 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. Oregon and UNLV. In Pac-10 stats (Jan. 19, before USC), Watson is tied for sixth in steals (2.3).

1997-98 TEAM STATS (16 Games)
Double-Double   
(Pts.-Reb.)
         J. R. Henderson (5)
         Kris Johnson (2)
         Toby Bailey (1)
         Jelani McCoy (1)
         Travis Reed (1)
         Baron Davis (1)   
(Pts.-Asts.)
         Earl Watson (1)    
   
Double Figures (Pts.)
         Toby Bailey (15)
         J. R. Henderson (15)
         Kris Johnson (10)
         Baron Davis (8)
         Jelani McCoy (4)
         Earl Watson (3)
         Travis Reed (2)
         Billy Knight (1)
         
30-Pt. Scoring   J. R. Henderson (1)
20-Pt. Scoring   J. R. Henderson (9)
                 Kris Johnson (5)
                 Toby Bailey (3)
                 Baron Davis (2)
      
Double Figures (Reb.)
         J. R. Henderson (5)
         Jelani McCoy (3)
         Kris Johnson (2)
         Toby Bailey (1)
         Travis Reed (1)
         Baron Davis (1)
         
Double Figures (Ast.)   Earl Watson (1)
Leading Scorers
         J. R. Henderson (9)
(w/Ties) Kris Johnson (5)
         Toby Bailey (2)
         Baron Davis (1)
         
Leading Rebounders
         J. R. Henderson (8)
(w/Ties) Jelani McCoy (4)
         Earl Watson (4)
         Toby Bailey (2)
         Kris Johnson (1)
         Baron Davis (1)
         Travis Reed (1)
FOR THE RECORD (1997-98 - 16 Games)
UCLA 80 Pts. or Over   6-1       
UCLA 79 Pts. or Under  7-2   
Opp. 80 Pts or more.   1-3   
Opp Under 80 Pts.     12-0      
Leading at Half   9-1 
Tied              1-0
Trailing at Half  3-2
FG % of .500 or better  7-0 
Less than .500          6-3
Opp. FG % under .400        2-0
Opp. FG% between .400-.500  9-2
Opp. FG% over .500          2-1
Outshooting Opp.  12-1
Outshot by Opp.    1-2
UCLA Reb. Advantage  7-1
Opp. Advantage       5-2
Tied                 1-0
With five minutes to play
UCLA leads with 5:00 to play:   9-0
UCLA trails with 5:00 to play:  2-3
UCLA tied with 5:00 to play:    2-0
Margin of Victory 
One Point:    1-0    Two Points:  1-0
Three Points: 0-0   Four Points:  0-0
5-10 Pts.:    5-0   11-15 Pts.:   2-2
16-19 Pts.:   1-0   20 or more:   3-1
Overtime:     0-0
By Day
Monday     2-0   Friday     1-0
Tuesday    1-0   Saturday   6-2
Wednesday  0-0   Sunday     0-0
Thursday   3-1
By Month
November   2-1   February   0-0
December   7-0   March      0-0
January    4-2
Night and Day
Night     9-2  Day      4-1

 

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