This Week In Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Dec. 16, 2002

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE:
Mon., Dec. 16

Montana at Stanford, 7 p.m. (9)

Tue., Dec. 17
Richmond/Pepperdine at Stanford, 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. (9)
Oregon vs. Cincinnati, 6 p.m. (10) (ESPN)
Portland State at Oregon State, 7 p.m.
Northern Arizona at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 19
UC Irvine at Stanford, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 20
Florida A&M at Oregon, 7 p.m.
Oregon State at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.
Grambling at California, 8 p.m. (11)


La.-Lafayette or Detroit/California, 5:30 p.m./8 p.m. (11)
Arizona State vs. Purdue, 7 p.m. (12) (ESPN2)
Arizona at LSU, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Stanford at UNLV, 9:30 p.m. (12) (ESPN)
UCLA at Kansas, 4 p.m. (CBS)
LaSalle at USC, 5 or 7:30 p.m.
Florida International at Washington, 2 p.m.
High Point at Washington State, 7 p.m. (17)

Sun., Dec. 22
Minnesota at Oregon, 12 noon (FSN)
Oregon State at Kansas State, 1 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 23
Houston at Washington, 7 p.m.
Fresno State at Washington State, 7 p.m.

Neutral site/Tournament
(9) Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif.
(10) Jimmy V Classic, Meadowlands, N.J.
(11) Golden Bear Classic, Berkeley, Calif.
(12) Las Vegas Showdown, Las Vegas, Nev.
(17) at Spokane, Wash.

Game times are local to site

PAC-10 RESULTS
Tues., Dec. 10

Arizona State 76, Nevada 63 (ASU - Diogu 25 pts/9 rbs, Knight 12 pts/10 rbs)
California 67, UC Santa Barbara 60 (CAL - Shipp 17 pts/5 rbs, Wethers 12 pts/5 rbs)
Washington State 73, Montana 61 (WSU - Gill 17 pts/8 rbs, Ukeagu 13 pts)

Wed., Dec. 11
USC 78, Cal State Fullerton 63 (USC - O'Neil 22 pts/7 rbs, Hutchinson 17 pts)

Sat., Dec. 14
Oregon 105, Pepperdine 90 (ORE - Jackson 27 pts/7 rbs, Johnson 19 pts/10 rbs)
Oregon State 62, Sacramento State 62 (OSU - Ricci 18 pts/12 rbs, Jackson 12 pts)
Stanford 76, Saint Mary's 58 (STAN - Barnes 17 pts, Davis 12 pts/10 rbs)
UCLA 105, Portland 67 (UCLA - Thompson 23 pts/8 rbs, Cummings 13 pts/9 rbs)
Eastern Washington 62, Washington 58 (WASH - Robinson 19 pts, Wrenn 12 pts)
Colorado State 90, Washington State 79 (WSU - Moore 20 pts, Kelati 12 pts/7 rbs)

Sun., Dec. 15

Arizona 73, Texas 70 (ARIZ - Stoudamire 14 pts, Gardner 13 pts/8 rbs, 7 asts)

PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JASON GARDNER, ARIZONA

Senior guard Jason Gardner (Indianapolis, Ind.) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in leading top-ranked Arizona in its win over No. 8 Texas.

Gardner scored 13 points with a career-high eight rebounds and seven assists. He scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, including six in the final two minutes. The seven assists were a season high and came with only one turnover in 37 minutes of action.

It's the second honor for Gardner and 56th all-time for the Wildcats.

2002-03 Pac-10 Player of the Week: Dec. 2 - Luke Ridnour, ORE. Dec. 9 - Luke Jackson, ORE. Dec. 16 - Jason Gardner, ARIZ.

Notes from Around the Pac-10

ARIZONA - Since the start of the 1996-97 season, Lute Olson has led Arizona into games against 35 opponents ranked in the nation's top 10 at the time of the contest. In that span, Olson has a 24-11 (.686) record, including a 7-1 (.875) mark at McKale Center, 4-2 (.667) in road games, and 13-8 (.619) in neutral-site games. That works out to nearly 20 percent of all UA games over the last seven years have been played against top-10 opponents. Perhaps more impressively, UA is 16-6 (.727) vs. top five teams in that span ... Arizona is 44-8 during senior guard Jason Gardner's career when he passes out at least five assists in a game.

ARIZONA STATE - Freshman forward Ike Diogu has been impressive in his first eight games, as he leads the team with 18.3 points per game and is averaging 30.4 minutes and 6.3 rebounds ... He already has been to the line 69 times and is shooting .739 percent from the charity stripe (51-of-69). He is averaging 8.6 free throw attempts per contest and is the only Sun Devil to reach double digits in scoring in all eight contests ... In his past two games, he is 17-of-18 (.944) from the free throw line and after starting the season 5-of-11 (.454), he is 46-of-58 (.793). With his 25-point game against Nevada on Dec. 10, he has three 20-point games.

CALIFORNIA - The Bears will host Grambling, Detroit-Mercy and Louisiana-Lafayette in the Golden Bear Classic this weekend. The Bears have won the championship game in six of nine previous Classics, including five of the last six ... Junior forward Conor Famulener, a former walk-on, earned his first career start for the Bears against UC Santa Barbara. He responded with two points and three rebounds ... The Bears are 31-of-58 (.534) from three-point range over the last three games.

OREGON - The Ducks are in the midst of playing three consecutive games against conference champions. They have already defeated Big 12 champ Kansas, then defeated WCC champ Pepperdine Saturday, and will meet USA champion Cincinnati Tuesday in the Jimmy V Classic ... The Ducks have won 20 straight at McArthur Court. The school record is 23, set from 1937-39 ... Coach Ernie Kent picked up his 100th victory as coach of the Ducks with the win over Pepperdine ... Senior forward Robert Johnson has posted back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Kansas (12 pts/10 rbs) and Pepperdine (19 pts/10 rbs).

OREGON STATE - With road wins at Portland and Sacramento State, the Beavers have posted back-to-back road victories over Division I opponents for the first time since 1990. Former OSU coach Jim Anderson, in his first season, took OSU to a pair of road wins at Tennessee (in OT), and at Gonzaga ... Senior forward Brian Jackson has scored in double figures in every game this season, equaling his longest double figures scoring streak of five (3 times). Jackson needs 39 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

STANFORD - So far this season, the Cardinal are the only team in the Pac-10 to stick with the same lineup in each game. Coach Mike Montgomery has used the starting lineup of Josh Childress, Justin Davis, Rob Little, Julius Barnes and Matt Lottich in all six contests this season.

UCLA - In the 105-67 win over Portland, UCLA had a season-high 61 rebounds and shot a season-high 56.3 from the field (36-64). The Bruins also held Portland to 25.0 shooting from the field (17-68), the lowest against the Bruins this season ... UCLA's last 100-point game was 105 vs. Cincinnati (2OT) last year in the NCAA Tournament. The last 100-point output for the Bruins in Pauley was Dec. 1, 1999 vs. Morgan State (100-39). The 38-point win margin was the largest since that Morgan State game (61) ... Sophomore forward Andre Patterson was declared eligible on Friday and played vs. Portland on Saturday (7 minutes, 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 blocks, 2 steals).

USC - In their last outing, a 78-63 win over Cal State Fullerton, Rory O'Neil and Robert Hutchinson combined to shoot 16-of-18 (.889) from the field, 5-of-5 on three-pointers. O'Neil scored 22 points and Hutchinson added 17 points. Both were career highs.

WASHINGTON - The Huskies are in the middle of a six-game homestand, the longest for the Huskies since playing six straight at home during the 1995-96 season ... The Huskies have been outscored at the free throw line by a 143-68 margin and have attempted 104 fewer free throws (208-104) ... Sophomore guard Will Conroy has scored in double figures in each of his last five games.

WASHINGTON STATE - Sophomore guard Thomas Kelati is shooting 20-of-37 (.541) from three-point range this season. During his freshman season, he made just 18 treys, connecting at a rate of 33.3 percent ... The Cougars are shooting .716 from the free throw line this season, third best in the Pac-10. The Cougars are 2-2 when they shoot 70 percent or better from the line this season, 1-2 when they fail to reach 70 percent at the charity stripe ... Junior guard Marcus Moore needs 105 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

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