This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Jan. 3, 2005

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The Pac-10's three unbeaten - WASHINGTON, OREGON STATE and ARIZONA - hit the road this week where they'll be challenged in Los Angeles, Eugene and the Bay Area respectively. The road was unkind to the visitors as home teams posted a 7-2 record in the opening week of league play.

DAVID LUCAS, OREGON STATE
U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Lucas, a senior from Tigard, Ore., scored a combined 51 points in his first three games after returning from injury, leading the Beavers to wins over Sacramento State, UCLA and USC. After missing the first 10 games of the season recovering from toe surgery, Lucas returned against the Hornets, scoring 13 points and collecting three rebounds in 17 minutes as a reserve. In the Beavers' Pac-10 opener against the Bruins, Lucas came off the bench to lead the team in scoring, pouring in 21 points in 26 minutes. He also contributed three rebounds and two steals in the win. Versus the Trojans, Lucas again came off the bench, this time leading the team in points (17), rebounds (7) and assists (3 - tied) in 30 minutes of action.

For the week, he averaged 17.0 points and 4.3 rebounds. In the three games, he shot 19-for-37 (.514) from the floor and 13-for-16 (.813) from the foul line.

It's the second weekly honor for Lucas, OSU's 36th honor all-time.

Pac-10 Player of the Week: Nov. 29 - Nate Robinson, WASH. Dec. 6 - Ike Diogu, ASU. Dec. 13 - Jordan Farmar, UCLA. Dec. 20 - Dijon Thompson, UCLA. Jan. 3 - David Lucas, OSU.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Tues., Jan. 4

Coaches/Media Teleconference Call, 10:30 a.m. PT

Thur., Jan. 6
No. 13 Arizona at California, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 43-24. Streak: CAL 1
Arizona State at Stanford, 7 p.m.
Series: STAN leads 32-24. Streak: STAN 13
No. 12 Washington at USC, 7:30 p.m.
Series: USC leads 62-58. Streak: WASH 1
Washington State at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series: UCLA leads 85-13. Streak: WSU 1

Sat., Jan. 8
No. 13 Arizona at Stanford, 12 noon (FSN)
Series: ARIZ leads 42-24. Streak: STAN 2
Arizona State at California, 8 p.m.
Series: ASU leads 30-27. Streak: CAL 3
Oregon State at Oregon, 8 p.m.
Series: OSU leads 177-143. Streak: ORE 1
No. 12 Washington at UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
Series: UCLA leads 84-32. Streak: WASH 1
Washington State at USC, 5 p.m.
Series: USC leads 62-34. Streak: WSU 2


Game times local to site.
Associated Press rankings.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Tues., Dec. 28
Arizona 79, Eastern Washington 45 (Frye 16 pts/7-11 FG, Adams 13 pts)
Arizona State 92, Long Island 63 (Diogu 20 pts/7 reb, Moore 13 pts, Pierce 12 pts)
Oregon 92, Portland 67 (Hairston 20 pts/6 reb, Brooks 17 pts/6 asts, Kent 9 pts)
Oregon State 86, Sacramento State 59 (Nash 15 pts, Cuic 14 pts/7 reb, Lucas 13 pts)
USC 91, Southern 58 (Stewart 20 pts, Young 13 pts, McMillan 11 pts)

Wed., Dec. 29
Arizona State 89, Valparaiso 65 (Diogu 21 pts/11-11 FT/11 reb, Angounou 11 pts/11 reb)

Thur., Dec. 30
Arizona 84, Richmond 71 (Rodgers 20 pts/7 reb, Radenovic 16 pts/9 reb/ Stoudamire 16 pts)

Fri., Dec. 31
Washington 81, California 67
(WASH - Simmons 18 pts, Jones 16 pts/9 reb. CAL - Midgley 18 pts, Kately 15 pts)
Washington State 60, Stanford 51
(WSU - Varem 18 pts/12 reb, Kelati 17 pts. STAN - Grunfeld 18 pts/6 reb, Morris 9 pts)
Oregon State 85, UCLA 80
(OSU - Lucas 21 pts, Nash 20 pts/5-5 3FG. UCLA - Fey 23 pts/7 reb, Thompson 18 pts)
Oregon 90, USC 83
(ORE - Brooks 34 pts/12-13 FT, Taylor 18 pts. USC - Stewart 25 pts, Young 21 pts/7 reb)

Sun., Jan. 2
Arizona 97, Arizona State 79
(ARIZ - Frye 21 pts/6 reb, Shakur 20 pts/4-5 3FG. ASU - Diogu 23 pts/11 reb/5 blk)
California 59, Washington State 47
(CAL - Midgley 22 pts, Benson 15 pts. WSU - Varem 15 pts/8 reb, Weaver 8 pts)
Washington 76, Stanford 73
(WASH - Jensen 17 pts, Simmons 17 pts. STAN - Grunfeld 15 pts, Little 12 pts/10 reb)
UCLA 70, Oregon 62
(UCLA - Morrison 15 pts/5-6 3FG, Thompson 13 pts. ORE - Platt 15 pts, Brooks 14 pts)
Oregon State 74, USC 64
(OSU - Lucas 17 pts/7 reb, Cuic 16 pts. USC - O'Neil 17 pts/8 reb, McMillan 12 pts/9 reb)

PAC-10 NOTES

• In its current eight-game winning streak, ARIZONA has outscored the opposition by an average of 17.2 points per game... Senior C Channing Frye earned Fiesta Bowl Classic MVP honors after averaging 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in wins over Eastern Washington and Richmond... Senior G Salim Stoudamire continues to be very efficient offensively. In his last four games played, he is averaging 16.5 points per game on an average of just six field goal attempts per game. In that span, Stoudamire has connected on 18-of-24 (.750) from the field, including 15-of-19 (.789) from three-point range. The Wildcat offense is averaging 91.3 points over its last four games, which pushed the UA season scoring average to 76.2 points per game. Prior to this four-game homestand, Arizona was averaging 69.4 points per game... Through 13 games, Arizona is limiting opponents to a .426 (312-of-732) field goal percentage and is forcing an average of 19.0 turnovers per game.

• ARIZONA STATE junior F Ike Diogu is averaging 22.8 points (sixth in the nation as of Jan. 3) and 10.3 rebounds (tied for 12th in the nation). He has notched a double-double seven times in the past 10 games and has posted four straight 20-point games... Diogu also leads the nation in free throws made (122) and attempted (140). His 122 made free throws is more than anyone in the nation has attempted... After shooting 4-of-27 (.148) from the three-point stripe in the first 18 games of his career, sophomore G Kevin Kruger is 55-of-119 (.462) in his past 22 contests... Sophomore F Serge Anounou is averaging 10.3 points and 7.1 rebounds in the past 10 games.

• CALIFORNIA junior G Martin Smith earned his first career start and played a career-best 30 minutes in the Bears loss at Washington. He followed that up with another career-best 33 minutes in the win over Washington State. Smith leads the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio (2.82)... In last year's meeting with Arizona, the Bears snapped the Wildcats' seven-game Berkeley win streak. Cal looks to make it two in a row over Arizona in Berkeley for the first time since winning three straight from 1982-84... The Bears have won seven of the last eight meetings with Arizona State, including a four game win-streak in Haas Pavilion... Junior G Richard Midgley is averaging 19.8 points over the last four games.

• OREGON sophomore G Aaron Brooks scored a career-high 34 points in the Ducks' league-opener against USC. He shot 9-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, and was 12-of-13 from the free throw line... Over the last four games, Brooks is averaging 22.5 points, shooting 28-of-50 (.560) from the field, 13-of-25 (.520) from three-point range, and 21-of-24 (.875) from the charity stripe... Sophomore F Mitch Platt matched his career-high with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting against UCLA... The Ducks have played before 21 consecutive sellout crowds in Pac-10 play at Mac Court.

• OREGON STATE won a Pac-10 opener for the first time since the 1994-95 season. OSU moved to 2-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since the 1992-93 season. OSU has beaten UCLA two consecutive times for the first time since 1989-90 and 1990-91. And, the Beavers swept the L.A. schools at home for the first time since 1998-99... Senior G J.S. Nash tied a school record for three-pointers made without a miss when he went 5-for-5 against UCLA. Deaundra Tanner did the same against USC in 1999... OSU is 6-0 in Gill Coliseum, the best start at home since 1999-2000... OSU's 10-3 overall record is its best since beginning the 1989-90 season at 11-2 (the last time OSU played in the NCAA Tournament)... OSU is 8-1 when its bench outscores the opponent (the bench is averaging 26.8 points per game)... OSU's six straight victories is the most since OSU won six straight in early 2002-03.

• STANFORD returns home to the recently renovated Maples Pavilion after yet another road trip. The Cardinal have played 10 of 13 games this season away from home. After hosting the Arizona schools, Stanford will again head out of town, this time on a three-game road swing. The Cardinal are a perfect 3-0 when playing in Maples' friendly confines... Junior G Chris Hernandez has been Stanford's iron man, leading the team and the Pac-10 by averaging 34.17 minutes played per game. The point guard is tied for sixth in the Conference in assists, dishing out 4.0 per contest... Junior F Dan Grunfeld is second on the team and ninth in the Conference in minutes played, averaging 32.00 minutes per. He is also fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring (16.7 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (5.8 rpg).

• UCLA earned its first victory in Eugene since 2001 by defeating the Ducks at Mac Court on Jan. 2. Senior G Brian Morrison led the way for the Bruins, scoring 15 points on five of six shooting from beyond the arc... Junior C Michael Fey posted a career-high 23 points at Oregon State... Senior F Dijon Thompson continues to move up the UCLA scoring charts. With 18 points against Oregon State and 13 against Oregon, Thompson moved into 40th place all-time with 1,096 points, passing Matt Barnes. Thus far in 2004-05, Thompson is second in the Pac-10 in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and third in scoring (17.1 ppg), both good for team-highs... UCLA's freshman backcourt tandem, Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo, are the only freshmen to appear in the Pac-10 Top 10 for minutes played. Farmar averages 33.50 minutes per game, while Afflalo checks in at 31.70 minutes per contest.

• After averaging 6.3 points in the first three games of the season, USC sophomore G Lodrick Stewart has averaged 17.8 points in the last 10 contests, including five games in which he has scored 20 points or more. As a result, Stewart is averaging a team-leading 15.2 points per game for the season, good for eighth in the Pac-10. A prolific outside shooter, Stewart is second in the Conference in three-point field goals made with 37, helping the Trojans lead all Pac-10 teams with 103 treys on the season... Freshman F Nick Young scored a career-high 21 points in the Trojans' loss to the Ducks. He made nine of 17 shots while collecting seven rebounds, two steals and two assists.

• WASHINGTON swept the Bay Area schools at home and opened the Pac-10 slate with two wins for the first time since 1998. The Huskies are now 12-1, the best record by a Washington team since the 1974-75 UW squad started 14-0. Washington also has won eight games in a row, the most by the purple and gold since Marv Harshman's 1984 Huskies won eight straight... Senior G Tre Simmons did the bulk of the scoring on the weekend, pouring in 18 points against California and 17 versus Stanford. Simmons is one of only two players (the other being Arizona's Salim Stoudamire) to crack the Pac-10 Top 10 in field goal, free throw and three-point field goal percentage, shooting .500 (10th-tie), .909 (second) and .477 (third), respectively. Simmons is second on the team in both scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg), good for seventh and 15th Conference-wide.

• WASHINGTON STATE opened Pac-10 play with a bang, breaking Stanford's 17-game winning streak against the Cougars with a 60-51 win in Spokane. The victory was Washington State's first over Stanford since it defeated the then-No. 24 Cardinal 68-59 on Feb. 22, 1996... Senior C Jeff Varem led with way offensively in the win, scoring 18 points and collecting 12 rebounds, good for his second career double-double. Varem also led the Cougars in scoring against California with 17 points. His efforts marked just the second and third times this season (in 11 games), that senior G Thomas Kelati has not led the team in scoring. His 11.9 points-per-game lead the team and rank 18th among Pac-10 players. After snapping a winless streak of 38 games in Pauley Pavilion, dating back to 1966, WSU looks to make it two in a row over the Bruins in Los Angeles.

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