Bruins Close Out Regular Season Against Oregon

March 5, 2004

UCLA's Between Game Notes
UCLA (11-15, 7-10, 6th-place tie in Pac-10) at OREGON (13-11, 8-9, 5th-place
in Pac-10)
Sat., March 6/1 p.m. PT/McArthur Court/TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA 690/1150

LOOKING AHEAD - The 2004 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament will be held March11-13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If UCLA beats Oregon on Saturday,the Bruins will advance. UCLA will not go to the Pac-10 Tournament if onSaturday - the Bruins lose at Oregon, USC loses at Oregon State andCalifornia loses at Washington State (there would then be a four-way tie at7-11 and the Bruins would lose out in the head-to-head tiebreaker-Oregon State4-2, USC 3-3, Washington State 3-3 and UCLA 2-4).

SATURDAY - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins, 11-15 overall and 7-10 (6th-place tie)in the Pac-10, play its final regular season Pac-10 conference game at ErnieKent's Oregon Ducks, 13-11 overall and 8-9 (5th-place) in the league. It'salso Oregon's last regular season home contest for its four seniors - LukeJackson, James Davis, Andre Joseph and Jay Anderson. The Bruins come into thegame with a four-game losing streak, last winning on Feb. 19 in PauleyPavilion, beating California (66-49). UCLA's last road Pac-10 victory was onJan. 10 at Washington (86-84OT).

UCLA'S LAST GAME - March 4 - at Oregon State 65, UCLA 56 - Before 6,384 atGill Coliseum, Chris Stephens' three-pointer with 2:08 left to play keyedOregon State's 65-56 win over UCLA. The Beaver victory snapped a Bruinfour-game winning streak in Corvallis.

Oregon State led 28-24 at halftime. UCLA tied the game at 30 (16:57 left toplay) on a basket by T. J. Cummings. OSU's biggest second-half lead was ninepoints (46-37, 10:29 remaining) on a layup by Angelo Tsagarakis. With 2:27left, the Bruins closed the gap to one point (54-53) on a layup by TrevorAriza. But with 2:08 remaining, Stephen's three-pointer gave OSU a 57-53 lead.In the next two minutes, the Beavers outscored UCLA 8-3, including hitting8-11 free throws.

The Bruins were led by Dijon Thompson's season and game-high 25 points(including a career-high 7-9 from three-point range/the seven three-pointerstied a Gill Coliseum single-game record) and Cummings added 12 points and ateam-high tying six rebounds.

UCLA shot 45.5 (20-44) from the field, 46.7 (7-15) from three-point range and64.3 (9-14) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds and a game-high 18 turnovers.

OSU shot 40.4 (21-52) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and81.0 (17-21) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds and 12turnovers. The Beavers were led by Stephens' 18 points and improved to 12-15overall and 6-11 in the Pac-10.

UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and his 10th year asa collegiate head coach. Howland is 1-0 vs. Oregon. In his last two seasons atPittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4national ranking, NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament Championship andin 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to theNCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was theconsensus National Coach of the Year.

UCLA vs. OREGON - UCLA leads it 72-23 and defeated Oregon earlier this year inPauley Pavilion 81-74 (Jan. 4). The win snapped a five-game losing streak tothe Ducks. The Bruins have lost the last two games at Mac Court, last winningin 2001, 88-73.

THE DUCKS - On Thursday in Eugene, Oregon defeated USC 75-70, behind LukeJackson's team-high 20 points and 13 rebounds. The victory snapped Oregon'sfour-game losing streak. At home this season, Oregon is 8-3, losing to No. 1Stanford, No. 22 Arizona and Arizona State.

TRENDS - UCLA is holding opponents to shoot just 43.1 from the field. Onlyfive opponents (Stanford 56.1, Arizona .544, at Arizona .535, UCSB .522, USC.509) have shot better than .500 and eight have been held below (or equal to).400 (5-3, losing to Kentucky, Washington State,h, Arizona State,a). In 17Pac-10 games, the Bruins are shooting 46.7 from the field and holdingopponents to 44.0. UCLA's 53 second-half point total against Oregon State isits highest output of the year for any half (17 points vs. Kentucky in thefirst half is the lowest). UCLA opponent halftime low is 14 vs. Cal,h.

Brian Morrison - Was named a starter before the Washington State game inPauley Pavilion (Feb. 5), but on Feb. 4 in practice, he sprained his rightankle and did not play vs. the Washington schools in Pauley. Morrison returnedto action at the Arizona schools, but his right ankle continued to bother himand he did not play vs. Cal/Stanford in Pauley, at USC and Notre Dame inPauley. He did return to action on Thursday at Oregon State, playing sevenminutes with two rebounds. Morrison is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (7.7). It's (rightankle) his second injury this season - in UCLA's 64-58 win over Michigan Statein Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 20, Morrison suffered a left hamstring strain andmissed nine games. In UCLA's 84-70 win over UC Riverside in Pauley, Morrisonscored a career-high 28 points.

Josiah Johnson - Sprained his left knee on Feb. 16 and has missed the lastfive games. He's appeared in 20 games (one start) and is averaging 8.8minutes, 1.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.

BRUIN STARTERS

F - 4 Trevor Ariza, 6-7, 194, Fr., Los Angeles, CA (Westchester HS) - UCLA'sNo. 3 scorer (11.6) and No. 1 rebounder (6.5, tied with T. J. Cummings), he'sthe team leader in steals (37, 1.6). Was mentioned the week of the Arizonagames in Pauley (Jan. 15/17) by Dick Vitale as a Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandy(one of the Top 12 freshmen in the U. S.) In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 11.5points (No. 3) and 6.1 rebounds (No. 3). Has scored in double figures on 12occasions and has led the Bruins in scoring three times (season-high 24 vs.Oregon State, 19 at St. John's, season-high tying 24 points at USC) and inrebounding nine times (the last two games/at OSU 6, Notre Dame 10), includinga season-high 14 at Michigan. At Oregon State, Ariza played 34 minutes, withseven points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot.Some of his other top games this year include - vs. Notre Dame, thirddouble/double (10/10) of the season; at USC, Ariza led the Bruins with a teamand season-high tying 24 points (8-15, 4 (season-high tying)-6, 4-7), witheight rebounds, two assists and steals in 36 minutes; at Arizona, where he wastwo assists shy of a triple double (14/10/8, second double-double of theseason); Oregon State, h (a season and game-high 24 points (11-13, 2-4, 0-2/20points in the second half/most points by a Bruin freshman starter since JasonKapono scored 27 points, twice in 2000) and a game-high nine rebounds) and atMichigan (first career double-double (15 points/game and season-high 14rebounds, the most rebounds by a Bruin freshman starter since 1998-99, JaRonRush had 15 rebounds vs. Washington (2/27/99) and Dan Gadzuric had 14 reboundsvs. Arizona State (1/4/99). In a three-game Pac-10 stretch (UCLA wins at theWashington schools and vs. Arizona State in Pauley), Ariza averaged 18.3points and 5.3 rebounds. Ariza did not play vs. Vermont, UC Riverside orKentucky (spontaneous pneumothorax/the presence of air within the pleuralcavity of the lungs/diagnosed on Nov. 28).

F - 43 T. J. CUMMINGS, 6-9, 215, Sr., Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) -One of only 44 Bruins in history to score over 1000 points in a career (1038,No. 42). The Bruins' No. 2 scorer (12.9) and No. 1 rebounder (6.5, tied withTrevor Ariza), he is shooting 55.2 from the field and a team-best 85.7 (42-49)from the foul line. In 17 Pac-10 starts, Cummings is averaging 13.4 points(No. 2) and a team-high 7.1 rebounds. He's led the Bruins in scoring eighttimes and in rebounding on 11 occasions, including four of the last fivegames. In a a three-game stretch earlier this season, he led the Bruins inboth categories (wins at the Washington schools and home victory vs. ASU). AtOSU, Cummings played 33 minutes, with 12 points, including 6-6 from the foulline, a team-high tying six rebounds and one assist. He has scored in doublefigures 19 times, including the last nine contests. The Bruins are 4-0 when hehas a double/double this season (19-10, Cal, h; 18-11, UW, h; 21-12, ASU, h;22-11, UW, a). In UCLA's home win vs. Arizona State, Cummings recorded hissecond consecutive double-double with a game-high 21 points (7-15, 0-2, 7-7)and a season-high 12 rebounds, plus two assists in 36 minutes. In UCLA's winsover ASU and at Washington (season-high 22 points/11 rebounds), Cummingsaveraged 37.5 minutes, 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and only 2.0turnovers, while shooting 55.6 (15-27) from the field, 40.0 (2-5) fromthree-point range and 91.7 (11-12) from the foul line. Missed UCLA's firstfour regular season games (was academically ineligible) and then led theBruins in scoring in his first two games back (UC Santa Barbara 14 /MichiganState 13). He will be playing his final regular season game today in PauleyPavilion.

C- 15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, So., Pasadena, CA (Muir HS) - In 26 games (15starts, has started the last 11 games at center, his first three starts earlyin the season were at forward), he's averaging 6.4 points (No. 6) and 4.4rebounds (No. 3), leads the team with 24 blocks and is shooting 53.7 from thefield. In 27 minutes at OSU, Hollins scored eight points, with five reboundsand one assist. In UCLA's loss to USC in Pauley, Hollins recorded a careerhigh 21 points (7-8, 7-9) and eight rebounds in 35 minutes. Also scored 11points in UCLA's win over Oregon State, 10 points with eight rebounds vs.Kentucky and a season-high nine rebounds in UCLA's win vs. LMU. Last season,Hollins started the Bruins' final 14 games at center and earned HonorableMention All Pac-10 Freshman honors. Last summer, Hollins was a member of theUSA Junior World team.

G-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 198, Jr., Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union) - Aco-captain, UCLA's No. 1 scorer (14.5) and No. 4 rebounder (4.3), he'sshooting 77.6 (59-76) from the foul line and is second on the team in minutes(33.4) and assists (2.4). On the Bruin career chart, he's No. 11(88) inthree-pointers (No. 10 Ed O'Bannon 91, 1992-95) and No. 10 (244) inthree-point attempts (No. 9 Tyus Edney 253, 1992-95). He's led UCLA in scoringin five of the last nine games. He's scored in double figures in 23 of 26games and had a string of six consecutive double scoring games snapped at USC(nine points). He's led UCLA in scoring 11 times and in rebounding on threeoccasions. He's scored 20 or more points three times this season (season-high25 at OSU, 20 at Arizona, 21 at Michigan). In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 14.9points (No. 1), 4.0 rebounds (No. 4), with 2.5 assists. In 35 minutes at OSU,Thompson led the Bruins with a game and season-high 25 points, including acareer-best 7-9 from three-point range (tying a Gill Coliseum single-gamerecord for three-pointers), four rebounds, two assists, season-high tyingthree steals and just one turnover. Led the Bruins in scoring at the Arizonaschools (18 at ASU/20 at UA) and averaged 19 points vs. the Arizona schools inPauley. Hit the winning free throws in UCLA victories at the Washingtonschools and made two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to help secureUCLA's victory over Arizona State. In UCLA's loss at Michigan, Thompson had aseason and game-high 21 points (including a then career-best fivethree-pointers/he made four in the final 4:28).

G - 21 Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 199, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS) - Aco-captain, he's UCLA's No. 5 scorer (7.5) and No. 5 rebounder (3.7) and leadsthe Bruins in assists (5.4, Pac-10 leader) and in minutes (33.7). In Pac-10play, he's averaging 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists. In 25 minutesat OSU (he picked up his fourth foul with 10:43 remaining), Bozeman had twopoints, one rebound, four assists and one steal. In UCLA's loss at Arizona, hescored 13 points, with three rebounds, five assists and one steal. In 38minutes vs. USC,h, Bozeman passed for 10 assists (two turnovers) for thesecond straight game. Vs. LMU, Bozeman's three-point shot with with twoseconds left in overtime gave UCLA the 69-66 victory (in that game, he had hisfirst ever double/double-16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds). Scored acareer-high tying 17 points vs. UC Riverside and dished out nine assists vs.Vermont.

OFF THE BENCH - At OSU, the Bruins used five players off the bench (includingBrian Morrison, the others were):
-Ryan Walcott (15 minutes, two points, two assists, one steal).
-Janou Rubin (13 minutes, one assist, career-high two blocked shots)
-Michael Fey (11 minutes).
-Ike Williams (1 minute)

SPECIAL TEAM STATS (26 Games)

HALFTIME - UCLA is 2-12 when it trails at halftime, 9-3 when it leads athalftime and 0-0 when the score is tied at halftime.

REBOUNDING - UCLA is 10-1 when it outrebounds its opponent (California,h,Washington,h, ASU,h, WSU,a, Oregon,h, Oregon State,h, Michigan State, Loyola,Vermont, UC Riverside/lost at Michigan), 0-11 when it is outrebounded (at OSU,at USC, Stanford,h, at Arizona, at ASU, at St. John's, USC,h, at Stanford,Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky) and 1-3 when the rebounding is even (defeatingWashington,a and losing to Notre Dame, Washington State, h and at California).

FG % - UCLA is 10-5 when it outshoots its opponent , 1-9 when its is outshotand 0-1 when the teams are even.3 PT FG% - UCLA is 6-4 (lost at osu, at USC, at ASU, at Stanford) when itoutshoots its opponent and 5-11 when it is outshot.

FT% - UCLA is 1-5 when it outshoots its opponent, 10-9 when it is outshot and0-1 when the percentage is even.

TOs- UCLA is 1-1 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponent, 7-11 when ithas more and 3-3 when it is even.

5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 9-1 (lost at ASU) when it leads with five minutesremaining in regulation and 2-14 when it trails at the five-minute mark.

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