Bruins Close Out Regular Season At Washington

March 9, 2001

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No. 13 UCLA at Washington
Steve Lavin's No. 13 UCLA Bruins, 21-7 overall and winners of 17 of their last 20 games, including nine of the last 10 games, and 14-3 in the Pacific-10, tied for second-place with Arizona, concludes the 2001 Pac-10 regular season on Saturday, traveling to Seattle to play Bob Bender's Washington Huskies, 9-20 overall and 3-14 in Pac-10 play, in 10th place. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena (TV-FSN/FSNW, Radio-Fox 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

Last Games
On Thursday night in Pullman, UCLA defeated Washington State for the 17th straight time, 86-76 and in Seattle, the Huskies lost to USC.

Series History
UCLA leads it 80-29 and UW in the first meeting this season in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 4, 86-64. From 1994-97, UCLA beat Washington in eight consecutive games. Since 1998, the teams have split the series and UW has won the last three games in Seattle (1998, 95-94, 1999, 93-83, 2000, 63-62).

The Bruins

Steve Lavin
In his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, he has a school and career record of 112-45 (71.3, 157 games). Lavin is 6-3 vs. Washington (1-3 in Seattle). . The Bruins are 14-3 after 17 Pac-10 games for the secpmd time in the Steve Lavin era (UCLA won the Pac-10 in Lavin first season, 1996-97, with a 15-3 record) and under his direction, dating back to last season, the Bruins have won 20 of their last 23 Pac-10 games (last six of 2000 and have won 14 of 17 this season).

On Feb. 3 when UCLA won at No. 1 and unbeaten Stanford, 79-73, it was the Bruins' second straight win at Stanford when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 (last year, the Bruins beat No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime). It is believed that Lavin is the second coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor (USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in 1969 and '70). In the school's history, UCLA has beaten the No. 1 ranked team eight times, second on the all-time collegiate chart (tied with Duke, Notre Dame leads with nine).

UCLA's victory over Villanova on Jan. 13 was Lavin's 100th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 100-win plateau the second-fastest in modern school history (13th game of his fifth season, 142 games), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-win milestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as the Bruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53, 100-44, 144 games). Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach, Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in the third game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).

Entering 2000-01, Lavin was No. 1 (out of 28) in wins in the nation on the chart of current collegiate head coaches entering their fifth season (Top 5, record after four seasons: Lavin, 91-38, 70.5, Billy Donovan, Florida, 78-49, 61.4, Charlie Coles, Miami, OH, 77-44, 63.6, Ben Braun, California, 75-50, 60.0, Murray Bartow, UAB, 73-52, 58.4).

Lavin is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16's in the last four years. The others are Purdue's Gene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski

In overtime games under Lavin, UCLA is 9-2, including 3-0 this season (UCLA beat Kentucky 97-92 in overtime in the second game of the season, beat then No. 8 Arizona 79-77 in Pauley and won at Oregon State, 68-65) and overall has won eight consecutive overtime games dating back to 1996-97.

During his four+ years as head coach, Lavin owns a record of 18-8 (69.2) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 2-1 this season.

Through games of March 4, UCLA had an RPI ranking of No. 5. Its strength of schedule was rated No. 2 or No. 3, depending on the RPI service.

20+ Game Winning Seasons
UCLA's win over California on March 1 was its 20th of the year, giving the Bruins 20 wins for the 13th straight season. UCLA has won at least 20 games 40 times in its history.

Consecutive Winning Seasons
With its 16th win on Feb. 15 over No. 8 Arizona, UCLA recorded its 53rd consecutive winning season (since 1948-49), an NCAA record.

The Press
The press has become a defensive staple for the Bruins. Since using the press in the second half of the North Carolina game (it helped the Bruins erase an 18-point second half Tar Heel lead, UCLA led by two, twice late in the second half before losing, North Carolina had 22 turnovers, including 11 in the second half), UCLA has forced 318 turnovers (18.2) in the last 20 games (17-3 record).

UCLA is 14-3 after 17 Pac-10 games. Last year, the Bruins were 9-8 after 17 games, 12-5 in 1999, 12-5 in 1998 and 14-3 in 1997. UCLA is 21-7 overall this season and after 28 games last year, the Bruins were 18-10.

No. 13 UCLA 86, at Washington State 76
Before 3,740 at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, UCLA broke out of a 71-all tie with 4:53 left to play by outscoring Washington State 15-5 in the final four minutes, to defeat the Cougars 86-76. It was UCLA's 17th straight win over WSU, including eight in a row in Pullman and the 17 consecutive wins is the second-longest streak in the Pac-10 (behind Arizona's 32 straight over WSU). UCLA swept the series for the eighth consecutive season. The score was tied 40-all at halftime, the first time this season the Bruins have been tied at half.

The Bruins had all five starters score in double figures (for the third time this year, also in UCLA wins over California, h and vs. Kentucky) were led by a career-high tying 28 points from Jason Kapono, 16 points and 13 rebounds from Dan Gadzuric, his second double/double in three games and from Matt Barnes, 11 points, eight rebounds, a career-high tying seven assists and one blocked shot and steal.

UCLA shot 50.0 (33-66) from the field, 40.0 (8-20) from three-point range and 63.2 (12-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 39 rebounds (the Bruins had been outrebounded the last two games) and 16 turnovers.

Washington State shot 43.1 (25-58) from the field (the Cougars shot 50.0, 15-30 in the first half), 47.4 (9-19) from three-point range (WSU shot 75.0, 6-8 in the first half) and 77.3 (17-22) from the foul line, with 34 rebounds and a game-high 18 turnovers. The Cougars were led by Jerry McNair's 21 points.

Bruin Academic Update
For the recently completed 2000 Fall Quarter, UCLA had two players on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpg or higher) - (3.0-3.49gpa) - Spencer Gloger and John Hoffart.

For the 2000 spring quarter, the Bruins had five players on the AD's Honor Roll- (3.0-3.49gpa) - Brandon Brooks, at the time, Brooks was a two-sport participant (water polo/basketball), he is no longer on the basketball team, Sean Farnham (graduated in June 2000 and is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine), Jason Flowers and Earl Watson, (3.5-4.0gpa) - Todd Ramasar.

During the summer of 2000, eight of the nine players who were in summer school took classes to continue their advancement toward a degree (were not taking classes toremain eligible for the coming season).

The Bruin men's basketball squad had the best team annual gpa improvement (outof UCLA's 23 sports) from the 1998-99 school year to the 1999-2000 school year.

UCLA's four seniors (Ryan Bailey, Jason Flowers, Rico Hines and Earl Watson),along with juniors Billy Knight (1998-99 redshirt) and Todd Ramasar (1999-00 redshirtare all on track to graduate in June 2001.

Bruin Starters Career Charts

Earl Watson
The Washington State game was Watson's 125th straight career start and game ... Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1390 -- No. 20, No. 19, Walt Hazzard, 1401, 1962-64) ... Ranks fourth on UCLA's career assist list with 586 (No. 3, Darrick Martin, 636, 1989-92) ... Ranks No. 1 on the career steals list with 229, having passed former record holder Tyus Edney (224) against Stanford on March 3 ... Ranks No. 4 on the career three-point field goal list with 131 (No. 3, Jason Kapono, 154, current) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 381 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92) ... Watson is looking to become the first player in school history to start every scheduled regular-season and NCAA Tournament game during his four-year career (Don MacLean during his four years, 1989-92, started 127 (school record) of the 129 games played -missed a game as a junior (at Stanford, eye injury) and senior (at San Diego State, flu), the school record for most games played is 130, Mitchell Butler, 1990-93) ... Watson is also looking to become only the second UCLA player in school history to get over 600 assists and 200 steals (Tyus Edney, 652 assists, 224 steals, 1992-95) ... He is only the fourth player in Pac-10 history to make the career Top 10 in both assists and steals.

The Bruins' second-leading scorer and second in minutes, he also leads UCLA in assists and steals. At WSU, Watson had 13 points, five rebounds, one assist and three steals.

He is now the school all-time leader in steals with 229. This season, he has led the Bruins in scoring on five occasions, has scored 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 30 vs. North Carolina. In 2000-01, he has led the Bruins in assists on 22 occasions and in steals 15 times.

In Pac-10 stats going into the Washington State game, Watson was No. 9T in scoring, No. 2 in assists, No. 1 in steals and No. 7 in assists/turnover ration.

He is a first-team NABC All-Dist. 15 performer.

Jason Kapono

On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (154-332, 46.4), No. 3 (154) in three-point field goals (No. 2, Toby Bailey, 171, 1995-98) and No. 4 (332) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 381, current) . . . Kapono now has 1,016 career points, the 41st player in school history to score 1,000 or more points.

UCLA's leading scorer, he's led the Bruins in scoring this season on 14 occasions He's also tops the Bruins in minutes, three-point shooting and foul shooting and is UCLA's third-leading rebounder. At WSU, Kapono scored a career-high 28 points and added six rebounds, four assists and one steal.

This season he's scored 20 or more points 13 times and has three double/doubles. In this week's NCAA stats, Kapono entered the week rated No. 17 in three-point field goal percentage (45.0, going into the Washington State game).

Going into the WSU game in Pac-10 stats (all games), Kapono was fourth in scoring, 14th in rebounding, second in free throw percentage, third in three-point FG percentage and first in three-point FGs made.

He's on the Wooden Award Final Ballot and has earned NABC first-team All-Dist. 15.

Dan Gadzuric
UCLA's No. 3 scorer and No. 1 rebounder, he also leads the Bruin regulars in FG% and blocked shots. He has led the Bruins in scoring twice this season (career-high tying 22 vs. Arizona, 19 Washington) and in rebounding on 12 occasions, including three of the last four games. He has eight double/doubles this season, including two in the last three games. Vs. Purdue and Washington, Gadzuric made 15 consecutive field goals (8-8 at Purdue and hit his first seven vs. Washington, finished 8-10).

Gadzuric suffered a sprained left ankle at DePaul on Feb. 10. Came back vs. Arizona on Feb. 15 to lead the Bruin victory with a career-high tying 22 points and 17 rebounds.

At Washington State, Gadzuric had his eighth season double/double, 16 points and 13 rebounds, along with one assist and steal and three blocked shots.

In Pac-10 stats entering the Washington State game, Gadzuric was third in rebounding, eighth in FG%, third in blocked shots, fourth in offensive rebounding and third in defensive rebounding.

Matt Barnes
UCLA's fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. He's led the Bruins in rebounding eight times this season, he has four double-doubles and has led the Bruins in scoring three times, including a career-high 32 points in UCLA loss last week to Stanford in Pauley.

At Washington State, Barnes had 11 points, eight rebounds, a career-high tying seven assists and one blocked shot and steal.

In the Pac-10 stats going into Washington State, Barnes was 20th in scoring, eighth in rebounding, fifth in steals and sixth in offensive rebounding.

Billy Knight
Has started 14 games this year, including the last 10 (UCLA is 9-1 in the last 10 games, at Stanford, Knight had a career-high 22 points in a career-best 36 minutes) and the Bruins are 12-2 in those games, losing only the season-opener to Kansas and to Stanford in Pauley last week.

At Washington State, Knight scored 14 points, with one rebound and a season-high tying two steals. He has scored in double figures in three of the last four games. ayed 18 minutes with five points and four rebounds.

He has moved into the Bruin career three-point field goal percentage chart. His 68-169 (40.2), is No. 7 (behind No. 6 Kevin Walker, 40.6, 1987-90, 116-286).

Bruin Notes

2000-01 Special Team Stats
The Bruins have trailed eight times at halftime this season, to Stanford (45-40), Oregon State (33-25), California (48-28), Oregon (48-42), North Carolina (46-30) UC Irvine (34-30), UCSB (41-38) and Kansas (57-51). UCLA is 4-4 when trailing at half (the Bruins beat Oregon State, Oregon, Irvine and Santa Barbara) and 16-3 when leading (lost to Arizona after leading 41-33 at halftime, lost to Georgia Tech after leading 28-22 at halftime and lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime). The Bruins are 1-0 when the game is tied at halftime.

UCLA has out-rebounded its opponent in seven of the last 10 games and in 18 of the last 25 (only North Carolina 47-36, USC 43-30, Arizona 44-34, Oregon 40-33, California 34-31, ASU, 39-28, Cal, 34-27, and Stanford, 40-27, have out-rebounded UCLA during that span, the Bruins out-rebounded WSU 39-34, OSU 38-31, Oregon 51-44, Arizona 46-39, DePaul 38-32, USC 36-34, Stanford 34-31, Oregon State 38-29, Arizona State 44-38, Villanova 46-29, WSU 33-31, Washington 50-34, Purdue 39-27, UC Irvine 41-28, Hawai'i 37-24, Georgia Tech 49-44, UCSB 40-28 and CS Northridge 36-35). The Bruins were out-rebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky, K49-U43). UCLA is 16-2 with the rebound advantage and 5-5 when out-rebounded.

In 28 games, UCLA has outshot its opponents in eight of the last 10 games and 18 overall, including 15 of the last 20 games. UCLA has shot 50.0 or higher from the field nine times this season (WSU 50.0, 86-76, Stanford 50.7, 34-67, DePaul 52.8, 28-53, Stanford 50.0, 28-56, WSU, 55.3, 26-47, Washington, 53.6, 37-69, Purdue, 57.6, 34-59, season-high, Hawaii, 53.2, 33-62, Kansas, 50.8, 31-61). UCLA's season-low is 28.6 (18-63) vs. Georgia Tech. After 28 games, UCLA is shooting 46.2 and opponents are shooting 44.4 from the field. The Bruins are 17-1 when outshooting their opponent from the field and 4-6 when outshot. Last season, the Bruins' season-high from the field was 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga in Pauley).

In 28 games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents 18 times. UCLA has been outshot from three-point range in just eight of the last 23 games - WSU 47.4-40.0, Stanford 35.7-20.0, OSU 34.8-28.6, Oregon 26.5-14.3, California, (opponent high) 59.1-30.0, Purdue 38.1-37.5, North Carolina 30.8-25.0, UC Irvine 38.5-10.5 (season-low). UCLA's high is 64.7 (11-17) against DePaul. Against Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tying the school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 three-pointers. After 28 games, UCLA is shooting 35.2 (167-475) from three-point range and opponents 31.6 (178-564). Last season, UCLA's season-high from three-point range was 62.5 (10-16) vs. Morgan State and the season-low was 00.0 (0-14) vs. Stanford in Pauley).

After outshooting its opponent from the free throw line in three of the first four games, UCLA has been outshot from the foul line in 15 of the last 24 contests. UCLA shot a season-low 43.8 (7-16) vs. Washington and a season-high 90.0 (18-20) vs. USC.

Only eight times this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than their opponent (U 17, UA 14, U 21-DePaul 15, U 14-Cal 13, U 21-UA 18, U 18-ASU 17, U 17-WSU 16, U 20-Purdue 13 and U24 (season-high)-CS Northridge 19). UCLA's low turnover game this season is seven vs. Stanford (secord game). After 28 games, UCLA is averaging 15.68 turnovers and its opponents are at 17.36.

When the Bruins lead with 5:00 left to play, they are 19-0 and are 2-7 when trailing at the 5:00 mark, having defeated Arizona at Pauley Pavilion and Oregon State at Corvallis.

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