This Week in Pac-10 Men's Basketball

Dec. 19, 2005

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THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

Mon., Dec. 19
Sam Houston State at ARIZONA, 6:30 p.m. (1), FSNAZ
Denver at STANFORD, 7 p.m., FSNBA

Tues., Dec. 20
Howard at OREGON, 7 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 21
Cen. Fla. or W. Kentucky at ARIZONA, 4/6:30 p.m. (1), FSNAZ
Boise State at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m. (2)
OREGON STATE vs. Northwestern State, 5 p.m. (3)
Wagner at No. 12 UCLA, 7:30 p.m.
No. 17 North Carolina at USC, 7:30 p.m., FSN
CALIFORNIA vs. DePaul, 8 p.m. (4), CSTV
STANFORD vs. Princeton, 5:30 p.m. (4), CSTV

Thur., Dec. 22
San Francisco or N. Arizona at ARIZONA STATE, 4:30/7 p.m. (2)
OREGON STATE vs. Iowa State or South Florida, TBA (3)
WASHINGTON STATE vs. Utah, 7:30 p.m. (5), FSN
OREGON at Portland, 7 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 23
OREGON STATE at Rainbow Classic, TBA (3)
Sacramento State at No. 12 UCLA, 7:30 p.m., FSNW2
Lehigh at No. 9 WASHINGTON, 5 p.m.
North Carolina A&T at USC, 7:30 p.m.

Game times local to site. AP ranking at game time.
Tournaments & Neutral Sites for this week's games:
(1) Fiesta Bowl Classic, Tucson, Ariz.
(2) ASU Hoops Classic, Tempe, Ariz.
(3) Rainbow Clasic, Honolulu, Hawai'i
(4) Pete Newell Challenge, Oakland, Calif.
(5) Seattle, Wash.

Chris Stephens, Oregon State
U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week

OREGON STATE senior guard Chris Stephens was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week following his performance in a pair of Oregon State victories.

Stephens, who hails from Portland, Ore., averaged 21.0 points on 13-of-24 (.542) shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 (.444) from three-point range. He added five assists, three rebounds and three steals.

In the 70-52 win over Northern Colorado, he tallied a team-high 17 points, while connecting on 3-of-5 from three-point range. In the 64-60 win over Georgia, Stephens posted a season-high 25 points. He scored 18 of the team's 28 points in the second half, and scored OSU's final 10 points of the game. He hit a jumper with 5:11 left, then went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the final four minutes, including the go-ahead free throws with 1:16 remaining in the game.

This is the first weekly honor for Stephens and Oregon State's 38th Player of the Week honor all-time.

Pac-10 Player of the Week recipients: Nov. 29 - DeVon Hardin, CAL; Dec. 5 - Leon Powe, CAL; Dec. 12 - Gabe Pruitt, USC; Dec. 19 - Chris Stephens, OSU.

LAST WEEK'S GAMES

Tues., Dec. 13
Oregon 68, Santa Clara 61
(Hairston 16 pts/4 asts, Brooks 14 pts/7 rbs/4 asts, Zahn 13 pts/6-8 FG/7 rbs)

Wed., Dec. 14
Oregon State 70, Northern Colorado 52
(Stephens 17 pts, Jeffers 13 pts/5 rbs/3 blks, Cuic 13 pts/5 rbs, DeWitz 12 pts)

Fri., Dec. 16
Washington 91, Eastern Washington 74
(Williams 26 pts/12-18 FG/6 rbs, Roy 25 pts/10-16 FG/7 rbs, Brockman 16 pts/10 rbs)

USC 77, Western Michigan 62
(Young 19 pts/8 rbs, Stewart 16 pts/5 rbs, Pruitt 14 pts/6 asts)

Sat., Dec. 17
Arizona 73, Utah 43
(Adams 27 pts/13-19 FG/4 rbs/4 asts, Rodgers 13 pts, Shakur 12 pts/6 rbs/5 asts/4 stls)

Iowa 62, Arizona State 43
(Kruger 12 pts/6 asts, Krueger 9 pts, Angounou 8 pts/6 rbs)

Oregon State 64, Georgia 60
(Stephens 25 pts/8-9 FT, DeWitz 14 pts, Jones 8 pts/8 rbs)

UCLA 68, Michigan 61
(Farmar 21 pts/5 rbs, Afflalo 20 pts/6-9 3FG, Wright 8 pts/8 rbs

Washington State 61, Portland 46
(Clark 12 pts, Akognon 10 pts/3 asts, Weaver 8 rbs)

New Mexico 68, Oregon 61
(Hairston 16 pts/4 asts, Brooks 14 pts/7 rbs/4 asts, Zahn 13 pts/6-8 FG/7 rbs)

Virginia Tech 59, Stanford 52
(Haryasz 17 pts/10 rbs, Hernandez 17 pts, Grunfeld 8 pts/6 rbs)

Sun., Dec. 18
USC 76, Alcorn State 53
(Stewart 16 pts, Young 14 pts/6 rbs/5 asts, Pruitt 13 pts/5 rbs)

PAC-10 NOTES

  • ARIZONA (5-3, 0-0)... Arizona won its third straight game Saturday at Utah ... The win at Utah's Jon M. Huntsman Center snapped the Utes' 21-game homecourt winning streak, which was the fifth-longest in the country. It also ended Utah's 37-game homecourt win streak against non-conference opponents, which was the third-longest streak in the nation ... A win this week would give coach Lute Olson his 747th career collegiate win and move him past legendary Kansas mentor Phog Allen into 15th place on the NCAA all-divisions coaching victories list. Olson enters the week with a career record of 746-259 (.742) in 33 seasons on the NCAA Division I level ... Through eight games, Arizona is averaging 11.88 steals per game and forcing the opposition into an average of 22.25 turnovers per game ... Over the last four games, senior F Hassan Adams is averaging 24.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.2 percent (39-of-67) from the floor.

  • ARIZONA STATE (4-3, 0-0)... Junior G Kevin Kruger has posted five or more assists in five games this season, including the last three. He posted the 200th assist of his career in ASU's loss at Iowa on Saturday ... The Sun Devils are shooting 74.7 percent from the line ... Kruger is averaging averaging a league-high 38.7 minutes per game ... Senior F Allen Morill will be out indefinitely as he will have arthroscopic surgery on his knee ... Freshman Jeff Pendergraph has nine blocks in six games

  • CALIFORNIA (6-2, 0-0)... California returns to action this week against DePaul in the Pete Newell Challenge on Wed., Dec. 21. It's the only game the Bears have scheduled to play before opening league play at USC on Thur., Dec. 29 ... The Golden Bears have added Nikola Knezevic (pronounced NEE-koh-lah kuh-NEH-zhuh-vich), a 6-2, 190-pound guard from Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, to their roster. He will be eligible to play Wednesday.

  • OREGON (5-4, 0-0)... Sophomore F Malik Hairston has scored in double figures in each game this season and is averaging 15.0 points per game ... Junior F Adam Zahn posted a career-high 13 points and grabbed career-best seven rebounds in the loss at New Mexico ...

  • OREGON STATE (4-3, 0-0)... After reaching double-figures just once in the first three games and averaging 9.7 points, senior F Nick DeWitz has been in double-figures in each of the last four games and is averaging 12.5 points in that time ... OSU has made more free throws (138) than its opponents have attempted (119) ... Senior G Chris Stephens is on pace to become the best free throw shooter in school history, making 85.1% (166-for-195) of his foul shots. He wants the ball at the end of a close game, because in crunch time he's even better. His career percentage in the final five minutes of a game is 86.4% (76-for-88).

  • STANFORD (2-4, 0-0)... Coach Trent Johnson is looking for career win No. 100. His record stands at 99-91 (.521) in seven seasons ... Senior C Matt Haryasz continues to collect the double-doubles. He's posted double digit totals in both categories in four of five games he's played this season. Only a 20 point/9 rebound effort vs. UC Davis kept him from a perfect double-double season to date.

  • UCLA (8-1, 0-0)... Sophomore G Arron Afflalo connected on a career-high six three-pointers (6-of-9, .667) in scoring 20 points against Michigan. Backcourt partner Jordan Farmar scored 21 points and grabbed a season-best five rebounds. The two combined to shoot 14-of-29 (.483) from the field, 9-of-14 (.643) from three-point range in the road victory ... UCLA is off to its best start under Howland and it's best beginning since 1997-98 (9-1, lost at Arizona) ... Freshman C Ryan Wright had a season-best eight points and eight rebounds and helped defensively against Wolverine center Courtney Sims, holding Sims to just six points and seven rebounds while forcing four turnovers (going into the game, Sims had been named the Big Ten Player of the Week and was averaging 16.4 points and 8.0 rebounds).

  • USC (7-2, 0-0)... USC has won seven straight - its longest win streak since winning nine straight during the 2002 season ... Sophomore F Nick Young has scored in double figures in each game this season. He's fourth in the league, averaging 16.6 points per game.

  • WASHINGTON (9-0, 0-0)... At 9-0, the Huskies are off to their best start since opening the 1975-76 season at 14-0 ... Senior F Bobby Jones needs 12 points to reach 1,000 points for his career ... Over the last three games, senior F Jamaal Williams is shooting 32-of-50 (.640) from the field, averaging 23.2 points and 6.3 rebounds.

  • WASHINGTON STATE (6-2, 0-0)... The Cougars have used six different starting lineups in eight games this season ... The Cougars are allowing a league low 54.3 points. In their six victories this season, the Cougars are holding the opposition to 48.5 points per game ... Balancing the minutes - there are 10 players who have seen action in at least five games this season, and each are averaging better than 10 minutes of action per contest.
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