UCLA Men's Basketball Between-Game-Notes

Feb. 18, 2005

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UCLA (14-8 overall, 8-6 Pac-10)

Probable Starters
F-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, Sr., 18.7, 8.0
F-12 Josh Shipp, 6-5, Fr., 9.0, 5.0
C-45 Michael Fey, 7-0, Jr., 8.5, 4.6
G-4 Arron Afflalo, 6-5, Fr., 10.5, 2.5
G-11 Jordan Farmar, 6-2, Fr., 13.4, 3.6, 5.0 ast

UCLA (14-8, 8-6) at Stanford (14-9, 8-5) - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins on Sunday play at Trent Johnson's Stanford Cardinal in a Pac-10 contest at Maples Pavilion.

Both teams won on Thursday. UCLA won at California, 77-62, behind Dijon Thompson's game-high 23 points and team-high nine rebounds. Stanford beat USC 71-62 at Maples Pavilion, led by Matt Haryasz's 23 points and 11 rebounds and Fred Washington's 22 points. The Cardinal trailed 35-32 at halftime.

The Bruins have won two of their last three games and Stanford is on a two-game winning streak.

Series History - UCLA leads it 124-87. Overall, the Cardinal has a five-game winning streak vs. UCLA and has won the last two contests at Maples (UCLA's last win was 2002, 95-92 at Maples). Stanford won the first meeting this season - defeating UCLA 75-64 (1/20) in Pauley Pavilion (it was the Cardinal's eighth consecutive win in Pauley).

First Meeting - Jan. 20 - Stanford 75, at UCLA 64 - Stanford led for the final 37 minutes of the game, beating UCLA, 75-64 before 8,255 in Pauley Pavilion. It was the Cardinal's eighth consecutive victory over the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion (it was Stanford's third consecutive Pac-10 win) and the Bruins' second straight conference loss. It was UCLA's first loss at home this season (8-1).

UCLA led 5-2 (17:33 left in first half) on a Stanford goaltending call (allowing a Jordan Farmar basket). The Bruins would never lead again. In the first half, Stanford's biggest lead was 10 points (22-12,9:52) and the Cardinal led 33-28 at halftime.

In the second half, the Bruins closed the gap to six points, on a layin by Farmer (50-44, 9:28 remaining), but the Bruins would never get closer. Stanford's biggest second half lead was 14 points (75-61, 33 seconds left) and the Cardinal won by 11 points (75-64).

The Bruins were led by Michael Fey's first career double/double - 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Josh Shipp and Brian Morrison (off the bench) each added 12 points.

UCLA (10-5, 4-3) shot .407 (24-59) from the field, .250 (3-12) from three-point range and .765 (13-17) from the foul line, with a game-high 37 rebounds, nine assists and a game-high 20 turnovers.Stanford (9-7, 3-3) shot .450 (27-60/56.0 in the second half, 14-25) from the field, .500 (5-10) from three-point range and .800 (16-20) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 14 assists and 17 turnovers. The Cardinal was led by Dan Grunfeld's 25 points (Grunfeld injured his left knee on 2/12 and is out for season).

UCLA's Last Game - Feb. 17 - UCLA 77, at California 62 - A strong defensive performance by UCLA led the Bruins to a 77-62 (tied for third lowest opponent total this year) win over California before 9,271 at Haas Pavilion. The Bruin victory snapped a Cal four-game home winning streak vs. UCLA and for the Bruins, it avenged Cal's earlier season (1/22) 64-51 (UCLA season-low) win at Pauley Pavilion.

In the first half, UCLA held Cal to .306 (11-36) shooting from the field, including .250 (2-8) from three-point range, and the Bruins led 37-27 at halftime.

Four minutes into the second half, UCLA led by 19 points. Late in the second half, the Golden Bears pulled to within 11 points (60-49), but the Bruins then answered with nine consecutive points, sealing the victory.

For the fifth time in the last six games, UCLA was led by Dijon Thompson, with a game-high 23 points and a team-best nine rebounds. The Bruins had three other players in double-figures (sixth time this season with four players in double figures, 5-1, losing at Arizona) - Jordan Farmar, 15 points and a season-high seven rebounds; Arron Afflalo, 12 points and a season-high tying five rebounds and Josh Shipp, 11 points, six rebounds, a season-high tying four assists and a season-best four steals.

The Bruins (14-8, 8-6) shot .509 (28-55) from the field, .250 (3-12) from three-point range and .783 (18-23) from the foul line, with a game-high 42 rebounds, 13 assists and a game-high 16 turnovers.

Cal (12-11,5-8) shot an opponent season-low .362 (25-69) from the field, .214 (3-14) from three-point range and .529 (9-17) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds, 18 assists and 13 turnovers. The Golden Bears were led by Marquise Kately's 14 points and Rod Benson's 12 points and game-high 11 rebounds.

Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA, with a school mark of 25-25 (Cal was his 50th game as the Bruin head coach) and a career record of 193-124 (Howland is 0-3 vs. Stanford). In his last two years (2002-03) at Pittsburgh, Howland guided the Panthers 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 - Including the win at Cal, UCLA is 7-0 when shooting .500 or better from the field ... 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 ... 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 11-4 when leading at the half (lost at Arizona, at Oregon State and to Boston College) ... UCLA is 11-4 when it outrebounds its opponent ... UCLA is 10-3 when it outshoots its opponent from the field, 14-2 from three-point range and 10-2 from the foul line ... The Bruins are 6-3 with less turnovers and 8-5 with more ...UCLA is 10-0 when it leads with five minutes to play in regulation.

NABC All-District 15 - Released Friday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Bruin senior Dijon Thompson earned first-team honors and freshman Jordan Farmar was a second-team selection. They are now eligible for the NABC Div. 1 All-American team, announced at the conclusion of the 2004-05 collegiate season.

Looking Ahead - UCLA next week hosts archrival USC in Pauley Pavilion (2/24,7:30 p.m./TV-FSNW2/Radio 690AM) and has a nonconference contest at Notre Dame (2/27, 11 a.m.PT/TV-CBS/Radio 690AM).

The Starters
Dijon Thompson - A first-team NABC All District 15 selection, Thompson is UCLA's leading scorer (18.7, No. 2 in Pac-10) and rebounder (8.0, No. 4 in Pac-10), second in minutes (33.9, No. 4 in Pac-10) and his .825 foul shooting is No. 8 in the Pac-10.

He has scored in double figures 19 of 21 games (missed the Pepperdine contest with a hand injury) and has led the Bruins in scoring 11 times, including five of the last six games, and in rebounding on 16 occasions, including six of the last seven games. For the season, he has five double/doubles and has scored at least 22 points on nine occasions (7-2), including five of the last six games.

In his last six games, he has scored 142 points (23.7), with 39 rebounds (6.5) and is shooting .586 (51-87) from the floor, .500 (12-24) from three-point range and .800 (28-35) from the foul line.

On opponent home floors (nine games, not counting neutral sites), Thompson is averaging 20.6 points and shooting .538 from the field and .865 from the foul line.

He has career-highs this season in points (39, Arizona State/Pac-10 co-leader, including 27 at halftime, No. 3 on the UCLA Pauley Pauley first half scoring chart/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) 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 (1,335, No. 27/No. 26, Jamaal Wilkes, 1,349, 1972-74; No. 25 Roy Hamilton, 1,355, 1976-79; No. 24 Rod Foster, 1,365, 1980-83). He's also No. 6 (120) in 3Pters and No. 10 in FT% (.795)

Vs. Cal, in 36 minutes, Thompson scored a game-high 23 points, with a team-high nine rebounds and two assists and one steal.

Jordan Farmar - A second-team NABC All-District 15 selection, he's UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.4, No. 13 in Pac-10) and leader in minutes (34.6, No. 3 in Pac-10) and assists (5.05, No. 2 in Pac-10) and steals (1.4, No. 9 in Pac-10).

In his last three games, he has scored 60 points (20.0), with 16 rebounds (5.3) and 13 assists (4.3), and is shooting .606 (20-33) from the floor, .500 (8-16) from three-point range and .760 (12-16) 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 (22), has scored in double figures 16 of 22 games (including the last three), has led the Bruins in scoring on six occasions, including a season-high 27 points in UCLA's 83-73 loss to Arizona in Pauley (2/12) and has been the UCLA assist leader in 19 of 22 games, including seven of the last eight games. In the Pepperdine (7-7) and Boston College (8-8) games, he hit 15 consecutive free throws and has nine games of perfect free throw shooting.

Vs. Cal, in 35 minutes, Farmar had 15 points and a season-high seven rebounds.Arron Afflalo - Has started every game this season and is UCLA's third-leading scorer (10.5), third in minutes (31.3) and second in assists (2.2). He has scored in double figures in 13 games, including the last two, 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.

He has scored 27 points (13.5) the last two games (the last time he had back-to-back double scoring games was at ASU/17 and at UA/13).Vs.Cal, Afflalo played 33 minutes, with 12 points, a season-high tying five rebounds and one assist and steal.

Michael Fey - A starter in 21 of 2 games, Fey is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (8.5), No. 3 rebounder (4.6) and his FG% of .553 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. Cal, Fey had eight points (4-11 from the field, his 11 attempts tied his total for the previous three games/his eight points were his most since scoring 12 in UCLA's loss to Cal in Pauley, 1/22), four rebounds and one assist.

Josh Shipp - After 22 games, he's started the last 17 contests, Shipp is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (9.0) and No. 2 rebounder (5.0, No. 18T in the Pac-10). Shipp has scored in double figures in nine 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 nine occasions, including the last two games.

In his last two games, he's averaging 3.5 assists (3.7 in his last three games) and 3.0 steals.Vs. Cal, in 29 minutes (he fouled out late in the game), Shipp scored 11 points, with six rebounds, a season-high tying four assists and a season-high four steals.

Off the Bench - Vs.Cal, UCLA used five players off the bench -

  • Brian Morrison - in 24 minutes, he scored 6 points, with three rebounds, and a season-high four assists. He has come off the bench and scored in double digits on 10 occasions this season.
  • Ryan Hollins - in 11 minutes, scored two points, with three rebounds and one blocked shot.
  • Matt McKinney - played three minutes.
  • Josiah Johnson / Quinn Hawking / - each played one minute.
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