UCLA Men's Basketball Between-Game-Notes

Feb. 11, 2005

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UCLA (13-7 overall, 7-5 Pac-10)

Probable StartersF-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, Sr., 18.9, 8.2
F-12 Josh Shipp, 6-5, Fr., 9.0, 5.1
C-45 Michael Fey, 7-0, Jr., 8.9, 4.6
G-4 Arron Afflalo, 6-5, Fr., 10.2, 2.5
G-11 Jordan Farmar, 6-2, Fr., 12.7, 3.4, 5.25 ast

UCLA (13-7, 7-5) hosts No. 12 Arizona (20-4, 10-2) - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins on Saturday hosts Lute Olson's Arizona Wildcats in a Pac-10 contest at Pauley Pavilion.

Both teams won on Thursday. UCLA defeated Arizona State 95-76, behind Dijon Thompson's career-high 39 points and Arizona beat USC 88-76 at the Sports Arena, led by Salim Stoudamire's 26 points.

Series History - UCLA leads it 38-30. Overall, the Wildcats have won the last three games in the series (last UCLA win, 96-86OT at the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament) and in Pauley, UA has won the last two games (last UCLA win, 77-76, 2002).In the team's first meeting this season, Arizona won 76-73. Stoudamire hit the game winning three-pointer in the final seconds and had game-high 32 points. The Bruins were led by Thompson's 27 points.

UCLA's Last Game - at UCLA 95, Arizona State 76 - Behind Dijon Thompson's career-high 39 points (tied for No. 14th highest in single-game school history), the Bruins defeated Arizona State 95-76 before 7,227 in Pauley Pavilion. The 95 points equaled UCLA's season-high (the Bruins scored 95 points in their 95-86 win over Washington in Pauley on Jan. 8) and it was UCLA's largest season margin of victory (19 points).

UCLA led 46 (season first-half high)-32 at halftime and were paced by Thompson's 27 points - he scored 19 of UCLA's first 22 points and the 27 first half points is No. 3 in UCLA Pauley Pavilion history/for first half scoring. In the second half, UCLA's biggest lead was 20 points (86-66, 3:51, on a steal and slam by Thompson).

Along with Thompson, who tied his career-high with seven (of nine) three-pointers, the Bruins had two other players score in double figures - Jordan Farmar, 18 second half points, a game-high seven assists and a game-high and season-high tying four steals, and Brian Morrison, 13 points off the bench.

UCLA (13-7, 7-5) shot a season-best .604 (32-53, including .700, 14-20 in the second half) from the field, .619 (season-high 13-31, including .857, 6-7, in the second half) from three-point range and .750 (18-24) from the foul line, with a game-high 29 rebounds, a season-high 20 assists, a season-high tying nine steals and 13 turnovers.

ASU (16-8, 5-7), shot .414 (24-58) from the field, .500 (13-26) from three-point range and .750 (15-20) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds, 14 assists and 17 turnovers. The Sun Devils were led by Steve Moore's 31 points off the bench, including a Pauley Pavilion record tying eight (of 11) three-pointers.

The Bruins won the 2005 two-game series vs. ASU, also beating the Sun Devils 86-82 on Jan. 13 in Tempe.

Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA, with a school mark of 24-24 and a career record of 192-123 (Howland is 0-4 vs. Arizona, 0-3 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 - UCLA is 6-1 this season in games decided by four or less points (lost at Arizona 76-73 ... UCLA is 2-0 in overtime this season and 4-2 under Ben Howland in extra-period games ... The Bruins are 1-4 vs. ranked teams - beating then No. 12 Washington (95-86 on Jan. 8 in Pauley Pavilion/now No. 11) and losing to - Boston College 74-64 at the Wooden Classic on Dec. 5(not ranked at the time, now No. 4), then No. 23 Michigan State 76-64 (12/21 at East Lansing/ now No. 13), then No. 17 Arizona 76-73 (Jan. 15 at Tucson/now No. 12) and then No. 13 Washington (82-70 on Feb. 5 in Seattle/now No. 11) ... In the 2005 Pac-10 campaign, the Bruins have recorded four victories when they have comeback from double-digit deficits (18 at halftime at USC/12 in the first half at ASU/21 in the first half vs. Washington in Pauley/17 in the 1st/2nd halves vs. Washington State in Pauley) ... The Bruins are 10-3 when leading at the half (lost at Arizona, at Oregon State and to Boston College) ... The Bruins are 6-0 when shooting .500 or better from the field ... UCLA is 10-4 when it outrebounds its opponent ... The Bruins have outrebounded 3 of their last 4 opponents ... UCLA is 9-3 when it outshoots its opponent from the field, 13-2 from three-point range and 9-2 from the foul line ... The Bruins are 6-2 with less turnovers and 7-5 with more ...UCLA is 9-0 when it leads with five minutes to play in regulation.

Looking Ahead - UCLA next week plays at the Bay Area schools - Thursday, Feb. 17 at California (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Feb. 20 at Stanford (12:30 p.m.).

The Starters
Dijon Thompson - Thompson is UCLA's leading scorer (18.9, No. 2 in Pac-10) and rebounder (8.2, No. 3 in Pac-10), second in minutes (33.9, No. 4 in Pac-10) and his .828 foul shooting is No. 5 in the Pac-10.He has scored in double figures 17 of 19 games (missed the Pepperdine contest with a hand injury) and has led the Bruins in scoring 10 times, including last four games, and in rebounding on 15 occasions, including last five games. For the season, he has five double/doubles and has scored over 20 points on eight occasions, including last four games (averaging 27.3 in last four games). He has career-highs this season in points (39, Arizona State) and rebounds (16, Washington State/Western Illinois). Thompson was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his then career-high 29 points vs. Michigan. On the Bruin career charts, he's the 45th Bruin in history to score over 1,000 points (1,302, No. 27/No. 26, Jamaal Wilkes, 1,349, 1972-74). He's also No. 7(tie) (116) in 3Pters and No. 10 in FT% (.796)

Vs. ASU, in 36 minutes, Thompson set a career-high of 39 points (including a career-high tying 7-9 from three-point range), including 27 in the first-half. He also contributed a team-high tying six rebounds, a season-high five assists and a season-high tying three blocked shots.

His 39 points is the most points by a Bruin in a game since Jason Kapono scored 44 at Washington State (1/4/03) and the most points by a Bruin in Pauley since Don MacLean's 39 vs. Pittsburgh on 2/2/91. He's just the ninth UCLA player in history to score 39 or more points in a game. In UCLA Pauley Pavilion history-his 27 first half points is No. 3 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar twice (on Dec. 3, 1966, when he scored 56 points (No. 2 in school history) in a 105-90 win over USC, he scored 32 points in the first half and on Feb. 25, 1967, when he scored 61 points (No. 1 in school history) in a 100-78 win over Washington State, he scored 28 points in the first half).

In UCLA Pauley Pavilion history for a half (first or second), the highest point productions belong to Abdul-Jabbar (33, in the second half of his 61-point game vs. WSU) and Reggie Miller (33 in the second half of his 42 points in UCLA's 99-86 win over Louisville on Feb. 28, 1987.

Jordan Farmar - UCLA's second-leading scorer (12.7, No. 16 in Pac-10) and leader in minutes (34.4, No. 3 in Pac-10) and assists (5.25, No. 2 in Pac-10) and steals (1.45, No. 8 in Pac-10) and is shooting .784 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 14 of 20 games (including two of the last three), has led the Bruins in scoring on five occasions and has been the UCLA assist leader in 18 of 20 games, including the last six. 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. ASU, in 31 minutes, Farmar had 18 second half points, four rebounds, a game-high seven assists and a season and game-high tying four steals.

Arron Afflalo - Has started every game this season and is UCLA's third-leading scorer (10.2), third in minutes (31.5) 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.ASU, Afflalo played 30 minutes, with eight points, one rebound and three assists.

Michael Fey - A starter in 20 of 19 games, Fey is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (8.9), No. 3 rebounder (4.6) and his FG% of .571 is No. 3 in the Pac-10. 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 four times (including a career-high 11 vs. Stanford) and in blocked shots on four occasions.

In 29 minutes vs. ASU, Fey had seven points, a team-high tying six rebounds and one steal. Facing Ike Diogu for the second time this season, Fey turned in his second straight competitive defensive effort, this time helping to hold Diogu to 20 points (he came in averaging 22.6 and in his last two games, had averaged 37.0 in his previous two games).

Josh Shipp - After 20 games, he's started the last 15 contests, Shipp is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (9.0) and No. 2 rebounder (5.1, No. 18 in the Pac-10). Shipp has scored in double figures in eight games (including a season-high 20 points at Washington), has led the Bruins in scoring once (a then season-high 18 points at Michigan State), rebounding three times (including a season-high 12 vs. Pepperdine) and in steals on seven occasions.

Vs. ASU, in 31 minutes, Shipp scored eight points, with five rebounds and a season-high four assists. On Tuesday, Shipp in practice suffered a right quad contusion and missed practice on Wednesday, but was able to come out (his leg was padded and wrapped) and play 31 minutes vs. the Sun Devils.

Off the Bench - Vs.ASU, UCLA used six players off the bench -
-Brian Morrison - in 27 minutes, he scored 13 points (his ninth double digit game this season off the bench), with two rebounds, and one assist, game-high one blocked shot and one steal.
-Ryan Hollins - in 11 minutes, scored two points, with two rebounds.
-Lorenzo Mata - played two minutes.
-Matt McKinney - played one minute with one rebound.
-Quinn Hawking/Ike Williams - appeared in their first game of the year, each playing one minute.

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