Bruins Face No. 13 Washington on Saturday

Feb. 4, 2005

UCLA (12-6 overall, 6-4 Pac-10, T-3rd-place) visits No. 12/13 Washington (18-3 overall, 8-2 Pac-10, T-1st-place)Sat., Feb. 4/Bank of America Arena /2:00 p.m.TV-Fox Sports Net /Radio-XTRA Sports 570 (Chris Roberts,Don MacLean)

UCLA (12-6 overall, 6-4 Pac-10)Probable StartersF-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, Sr., 17.6, 8.4F-12 Josh Shipp, 6-5, Fr., 8.4, 5.2C-45 Michael Fey, 7-0, Jr., 9.1, 4.4G-4 Arron Afflalo, 6-5, Fr., 10.6, 2.4G-11 Jordan Farmar, 6-2, Fr., 12.6, 3.3, 5.2 ast

UCLA (12-6, 6-4) visits No. 12/13 Washington (18-3, 8-2) - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins on Saturday visit Lorenzo Romar's Washington Huskies in a Pac-10 contest at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, WA.Both teams enter the game with two-game winning streaks. On Thursday, the Bruins won their second straight game, defeating Washington State, 58-56, in overtime at Pullman. The Huskies also won their second straight, dropping USC, 99-69 at home.

Series History - UCLA leads it 86-31. The Bruins have won seven of the last eight, losing only in last season's Pac-10 Tournament. Earlier this season, the Bruins rallied from a 21-point first half deficit to defeat the Huskies, 95-86, at Pauley Pavilion. Dijon Thompson led the Bruins with 29 points and nine rebounds and Brian Morrison came off the bench to score 19. Thompson scored 19 of his 29 in the second half and Morrison tallied all 19 of his points in the final 20 minutes.

UCLA's Last Game - Feb. 3 - UCLA 58, at Washington State 56 (ot) - The Bruins trailed by six points twice in the first half, led by seven points in the second and rallied from three down in the closing seconds to force overtime before earning a 58-56 win at Pullman. UCLA led by six points (46-40) with 3:08 remaining in regulation, only to have WSU scored nine straight points and grab a 49-46 lead with six seconds remaining. Jordan Farmer brought the ball down court, drew the defense and then found Dijon Thompson, who drained a three-pointer to put the game in overtime. Thompson also broke a 56-56 tie with a jumper with 41 seconds left in overtime that proved to be the winning points.

The Bruins were led by Thompson's 24 points (8-11, 1-2, 7-8). He scored 11 of UCLA's final 14 points in regulation and had the game-winning basket in overtime. He also tied for the team lead with eight rebounds. Farmer had 12 points, including a three-point basket in overtime and a game-high seven assists. Ryan Hollins came off the bench to record eight points and eight rebounds and Josh Shipp also grabbed eight boards.

UCLA shot .435 (20-46) from the field, .286 (4-14) from three-point range and .609 (14-23) from the foul line, with a game-high 34 rebounds, 13 assists and a game-high 14 turnovers. WSU shot .404 (21-52) from the field, .250 (5-20) from three-point range and .529 (9-17) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, seven assists and 10 turnovers. The Cougars were led by Jeff Varem (17 points, nine rebounds) and Thomas Kelati (17 points, seven rebounds).

Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA, with a school mark of 23-23 and a career record of 191-122 (Howland is 3-1 vs. Washington). 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 -. UCLA is 6-1 this season in games decided by four or less points ... UCLA is 2-0 in overtime this season and 4-2 under Ben Howland in extra-period games ... For the first time since the formation of the Pac-10 in 1978-79, UCLA has recorded two overtime wins over the same opponent (WSU) in one season ... The Bruins are 1-2 vs. ranked teams - losing to then No. 17 Arizona 76-73 (Jan. 15 at Tucson) and 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) ... WSU's 56 points was the low by a Pac-10 opponent this season and the second lowest of the year overall (Chicago State had 53 in the opener ... The Bruins are 9-3 when leading at the half (lost at Arizona, at Oregon State and to Boston College) and 3-3 when trailing (lost to Stanford and at Michigan State) ... The Bruins are 5-0 when shooting .500 or better from the field and 2-1 when the opponent has shot over .500 . . . UCLA is 9-4 when it outrebounds its opponent and 3-2 when outrebounded (lost to Boston College and California) ... The Bruins have outrebounded 10 of their last 11 opponents ... UCLA is 8-2 when it outshoots its opponent from the field, 12-2 from three-point range and 9-1 from the foul line ... The Bruins are 5-2 with less turnovers and 7-4 with more ...UCLA is 8-0 when it leads with five minutes to play in regulation.

Looking Ahead - UCLA returns to Pauley Pavilion for games against Arizona State on Feb. 10 (7:30 p.m.) and Arizona on Feb. 12 (5:00 p.m.).

The StartersDijon Thompson - Thompson is UCLA's leading scorer (17.6) and rebounder (8.4), second in minutes (33.5), has scored in double figures 15 of 17 games (missed the Pepperdine contest with a hand injury) and has led the Bruins in scoring eight times and in rebounding on 13 occasions. For the season, he has five double/doubles and has scored over 20 points on six 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 (1,241, No. 30/No. 29, Dan Gadzuric, 1,287, 1999-02). He's also No. 8 (109) in 3Pters and No. 10 in FT% (.794).Vs. WSU, in 43 minutes (ties career high), Thompson had 24 points (8-11, 1-2, 7-8), including 11 of UCLA's final 14 points in regulation, with a team-high tying eight rebounds and one steal. He has scored 24 points in back to back games (USC and WSU) and has made 16 of his last 24 field goal attempts (.667).

Jordan Farmar - UCLA's second-leading scorer (12.6) and leader in minutes (34.4) and assists (5.17) and is shooting .787 from the foul line. Farmar was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his career-high 25 points and game-winning shot vs. Pepperdine. Named as the nation's Top Mid-season Diaper Dandy by ESPN's Dick Vitale. Farmar, he's started every game, has scored in double figures 13 of 18 games (including seven of the last 10), has led the Bruins in scoring on five occasions and has been the UCLA assist leader in 16 of 18 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. WSU, in 38 minutes, Farmar had 12 points, seven assists, three rebounds and one steal. He also found Dijon Thompson in the final second of regulation (Thompson tied the game with a three-pointer) and hit a three-pointer of his own in overtime.

Arron Afflalo - Has started every game this season and is UCLA's third-leading scorer (10.6), third in minutes (31.6) and second in assists (2.3). He has scored in double figures in 11 games and has led the Bruins in scoring twice. Named with Jordan Farmar as one of five top Diaper Dandy Duos by ESPN's Dick Vitale.Vs.WSU, Afflalo played a career-high 39 minutes, with four points, one rebound, one assist and one steal He also played good defense on Thomas Kelati.

Michael Fey - A starter in 17 of 18 games, Fey is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (9.1), No. 3 rebounder (4.4) and is No. 3 in FG% (.564). He has scored in double figures eight times, led the Bruins in scoring three times (including a career-high 23 points at Oregon State), rebounding three times (including a career-high 11 vs. Stanford) and in blocked shots on four occasions.In four minutes vs. WSU, Fey recorded two points.

Josh Shipp - After 18 games, he's started the last 13 contests, Shipp is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (8.4) and No. 2 rebounder (5.2). Shipp has scored in double figures in seven games, has led the Bruins in scoring once (season-high 18 points at Michigan State), rebounding three times (including a season-high 12 vs. Pepperdine) and in steals on seven occasions.Vs. WSU, in a career-high 41 minutes, Shipp scored five points, tied for the team lead with eight rebounds, and added two assists and one steal.

Off the Bench - Vs.WSU, UCLA used four players off the bench --Ryan Hollins (a career high-tying 36 minutes, eight points, a season-high eight rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. He started the second half and played the final 25 minutes of the game).-Brian Morrison (14 minutes, three points, two assists and one rebound).-Lorenzo Mata (five minutes, one rebound).-Matt McKinney (five minutes, one rebound).

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