UCLA Men's Basketball Between-Game-Notes

Jan. 14, 2005

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UCLA (10-3 overall, 4-1 Pac-10 , tied for 1st-place) at No. 17 Arizona (13-3 overall, 3-1 Pac-10, 3rd-place Jan. 15/McKale Center-Tucson, AZ/3 p.m.PT-4p.m.MT
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Probable Starters
F-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, Sr., 17.7, 8.8
F-12 Josh Shipp, 6-5, Fr., 8.0, 4.8
C-45 Michael Fey, 7-0, Jr., 9.8, 4.2
G-4 Arron Afflalo, 6-5, Fr., 11.2, 2.8
G-11 Jordan Farmar, 6-2, Fr., 13.7, 2.8

UCLA (10-3, 4-1) at No. 17 Arizona (13-3, 3-1) - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins on Saturday face Lute Olson's Arizona Wildcats in Tucson's McKale Center.

On Thursday, UCLA won it's fourth consecutive Pac-10 game, handing Arizona State its first home loss (9-1), 86-82. The Wildcats defeated USC 77-68, led by Chris Rodgers' 22 points off the bench and Salim Stoudamire's 21. UA is 9-0 in McKale this season.

Series History - UCLA leads it 38-29. Arizona has won the last two (sweeping in 2004 - 97-72 in Pauley Pavilion and 107-83 in Tucson) and four of the last five (UCLA defeated No. 1 Arizona 96-86(OT) in the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament Quarterfinals). UCLA has lost the last seven in a row at McKale, last winning in 1997 (66-64).

UCLA's Last Game - Jan. 13 - UCLA 86, at Arizona State 82 - Solid free throw shooting and a defense that slowed down Arizona State center Ike Diogu were the keys to UCLA's 86-82 victory over the Sun Devils before 9,850 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

For the game, UCLA shot .857 (second-highest season percentage) from the foul line, including 15-16 (.938) in the second half and in the late stages of the second half, the Bruins connected on all 15 of their free throw attempts. The Bruins double-teamed Diogu, with Michael Fey leading the defensive effort, holding him to just 15 points (6-16, 0-3, 3-7/he entered the game as the Pac-10 leading scorer, 22.3).

In the first half, the Bruins trailed by 12 points (it's the third game in a row the Bruins have trailed by double digits), 32-20, with 6:35 left. But in the next five minutes, UCLA outscored ASU 18-5, to take a 38-37 lead (1:42) on a layup by Jordan Farmar. During the Bruin run, Farmar scored nine points. The Bruins led 42-41 at halftime.

UCLA led throughout the second half, its biggest lead at 10 points (67-57, 7:54) on a three-pointer by Ryan Hollins (the first of his career). With 12 seconds remaining, ASU pulled to within two points (84-82) on Bryson Krueger's three-pointer. But Arron Afflalo's two free throws with eight seconds left to play sealed UCLA's victory (its first in Tempe since 2002).

In the final 2:07, UCLA was 8-8 from the foul line, including 6-6 by Dijon Thompson.

The Bruins had four players in double figures- led by Farmar's game-high 20 points (6-11, 1-3, 7-7), season-high tying six rebounds and team-high five assists and three steals; Thompson's 19 points (6-13, 1-6, 6-6), five rebounds, and a season-high tying four assists and two steals; Afflalo's 17 points, four assists and season-high tying one blocked shot and 10 points, five rebounds and one assist by Michael Fey. Josh Shipp led the Bruins in rebounding with a game-high nine (with nine points and one steal).

The Bruins (10-3, 4-1) shot .508 (31-61, second consecutive game over .500) from the field, .300 (6-20) from three-point range and .857 (18-21) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds (the Bruins have outrebounded their last six opponents), 16 assists and game-high 14 turnovers.

ASU (13-3, 2-2) shot .418 (28-67) from the field, .273 (6-22) from three-point range and .667 (20-30) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds, 20 assists and nine turnovers.

Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA, with a school mark of 21-20 and a career record of 189-119 (Howland is 0-3 vs. Arizona/0-2 at UCLA). In his last two years (2002-03) at Pittsburgh, Howland guided thePanthers to two NCAA 'Sweet 16s', one Big East Tournament crown (2003) and in 2002, he was the consensus National Coach of the Year.

The Bruins - In this week's AP poll, UCLA was No. 30 ... The Bruins are 1-1 vs. ranked teams - losing to then No. 23 Michigan State 76-64 (12/21 at East Lansing) and beating then No. 12 Washington 95-86 (1/8 in Pauley Pavilion) ...UCLA has scored 80 or more points three of last four games (a total of six times this season) ... The Bruins are 8-2 when leading at the half (lost at Oregon State and to Boston College) and 2-1 when trailing (lost at Michigan State) ... The Bruins are 5-0 when shooting .500 or better from the field and 2-0 when the opponent has shoot over .500UCLA is 7-2 when it outrebounds its opponent ... UCLA is 7-1 when it outshoots its opponent from the field, 10-0 from three-point range (including last four games, all victories) and 7-0 from the foul line ... The Bruins are 5-1 with less turnovers and 5-2 with more ...UCLA is 7-0 when it leads with five minutes to play.

Looking Ahead - UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion next week for two more Pac-10 games - hosting Stanford (Jan. 20/7:30 p.m.) and California (Jan. 22/12:45 p.m.).

The Starters
Dijon Thompson - Thompson is UCLA's leading scorer (17.7) and rebounder (8.8), second in minutes (32.6), has scored in double figures all 12 games (missed the Pepperdine contest with a hand injury) and has led the Bruins in scoring five times and in rebounding on nine occasions. For the season, he has four double/doubles and has scored over 20 points on three occasions. He has career-highs this season in points (29, Washington/Michigan) and rebounds (16, Washington State/Western Illinois). Thompson was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his career-high 29 points vs. Michigan. On the Bruin career charts, he's the 45th Bruin in history to score over 1,000 points (1,154, No. 37/No. 36, Michael Warren, 1,176, 1966-68).Vs. Arizona State, in 34 minutes, Thompson had 19 points (6-13, 1-6, 6-6), five rebounds and a season-high tying four assists and two steals. In the last 2:07 of the game, he was 6-6 from the foul line.

Jordan Farmar - UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.7) and leader in minutes (34.6) and assists (5.2) and is UCLA's top shooter from the foul line (.873). Farmar was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his career-high 25 points and game-winning shot vs. Pepperdine. Farmar, he's started every game, has scored in double figures 11 of 13 games (including the last five), has led the Bruins in scoring on five occasions (two of the last three games) and has been the UCLA assist leader in 12 of 13 games. In the Pepperdine (7-7) and Boston College (8-8) games, he hit 15 consecutive free throws and has eight games of perfect free throw shooting.

Vs. Arizona State, in 35 minutes, Farmar lead the Bruins in scoring (20), with a season-high tying six rebounds, a team-high five assists and a game-high tying three steals. During UCLA's stretch run in the first half, he scored nine of UCLA's 18 points.

Arron Afflalo - Has started every game this season and is UCLA's third-leading scorer (11.2), third in minutes (31.3) and second in assists (2.8). He has scored in double figures in nine games and has led the Bruins in scoring twice.

Vs. Arizona State, Afflalo played 30 minutes, with 17 points (second-highest season total), with four assists and a season-high tying one blocked shot. His two free throws with eight seconds left sealed UCLA's victory.

Michael Fey - A starter in 12 of 13 games, Fey is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (9.8), No. 3 rebounder (4.2) and is No. 1 in FG% (.628, entering this week's Pac-10 games, it was the conference leader). He has scored in double figures six times, led the Bruins in scoring once (a career-high 23 points at Oregon State), rebounding twice and in blocked shots on three occasions. On the recently completed Oregon trip, Fey averaged 25.5 minutes, 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot .696 (16-23) from the field.In 26 minutes vs. Arizona State, Fey had 10 points, five rebounds and one assist. Helped in the defense of ASU center Ike Diogu, limiting Diogu to just 15 points (6-16, 0-3, 3-7/Diogu entered the game as the Pac-10 leading scorer, 22.3).

Josh Shipp - After 13 games, he's started the last eight contests, Shipp is UCLA's No. 6 scorer (8.0), No. 2 rebounder (4.8) and is UCLA's leader in steals (1.0). Shipp has scored in double figures in five games, has led the Bruins in scoring once (season-high 18 points at Michigan State), rebounding twice (including a season-high 12 vs. Pepperdine) and in steals on four occasions.Vs. Arizona State, in 27 minutes, Shipp scored nine points, with a team-high nine rebounds and one steal.

Off the Bench - Vs. Arizona State, UCLA used three players off the bench --Ryan Hollins (20 minutes, six points, including his first career three-pointer that gave UCLA it's biggest lead of the game(67-57, 7:54 remaining, five rebounds and one assist and blocked shot).-Brian Morrison (23 minutes, three points, two rebounds-he had three fouls in the first half).-Lorenzo Mata (five minutes, two points and one rebound, assist and blocked shot).