UCLA Continues League Play Saturday Afternoon

Feb. 15, 2002

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No. 20 UCLA vs. ARIZONA STATE (13-10, 6-8) - In another key Pac-10 contest, Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins host Rob Evans' Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday (Feb. 16) at 12:30 p.m. PT at Pauley Pavilion (TV-ABC, Radio-Fox Sports AM 1150, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers).

UCLA vs. ARIZONA STATE - UCLA leads the series 47-10 and has won three straight and 25 of 26. The last time ASU won in Pauley Pavilion was during the 1986-87 season, 67-64. Earlier this season (Jan. 17), the Bruins defeated the Sun Devils, 82-79 at Tempe. Billy Knight led the Bruins with 21 points and seven rebounds. Jason Kapono had 20 points and five boards, Matt Barnes had 19 points and a team-high nine rebounds and Dan Gadzuric added 14 points and eight rebounds. Chad Prewitt led the Sun Devils with 22 points and eight rebounds.

UCLA's Last Game - Feb. 14 - at No. 20 UCLA 77, No. 9 Arizona 76 - Before 11,960 in Pauley Pavilion, Jason Kapono's three-point shot with 19 seconds remaining on an assist from Matt Barnes led UCLA to a come-from-behind 77-76 win over No. 9 Arizona. The Wildcats led 40-34 at halftime.

In the second half, the Bruins trailed by eight points with 10:12 remaining, but tied the game at 65 with 5:34 remaining on Billy Knight's three-point play. Arizona rebuilt the lead to five points (72-67 with 3:53 remaining. A three-pointer by Kapono and a Matt Barnes free throw brought the Bruins to within one (72-71) with 2:58 remaining. Following an Arizona free throw, Kapono hit another three-pointer following Dan Gadzuric's rebound and pass to give the Bruins their first lead since the 12-minute mark of the first half, 74-73 with 1:07 remaining. Jason Gardner gave the Cats a two-point lead with a three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining, but on UCLA's next possession Barnes spotted Kapono on the right side and the junior drained another three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining to give the Bruins the win. Arizona's Channing Frye missed a short bank shot with about three seconds remaining and a follow shot was short at the buzzer.

UCLA had four players in double figures - led by Gadzuric's team-high 22 points and game-high 16 rebounds. Kapono, who scored nine of UCLA's final 10 points, finished with 20 points, including six three-pointers. Barnes contributed 13 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and a team-best five assists and Billy Knight added 12 points. Ryan Walcott came off the bench to add six points and three assists in a career-high 15 minutes.

The Bruins shot 45.7 from the field, 34.8 (8-23) from three-point range and 62.5 (5-8) from the foul line, with 45 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

Arizona shot 45.0 from the field, 50.0 (11-22) from three-point range and 73.3 (11-15) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The Bruins were led by Jason Gardner's 25 points.

Bruin Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his sixth year as the Bruin head coach, he's 17-7 (70.8, 24 games) this season, directed the Bruins to nine consecutive wins (tied for second-longest winning streak in Lavin's Bruin tenure) before losing at USC on Jan. 12, and has a school and overall mark of 131-54 (185 games, 70.8). Lavin is 10-1 vs. Arizona State (5-0 at Pauley Pavilion) and is now 5-7 vs. Arizona.

Lavin, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, with UCLA's 87-77 win over No. 1 Kansas in Pauley on Jan. 12, has now beaten the No. 1 ranked team three consecutive seasons (also winning at Stanford the last two years when the Cardinal was ranked No. 1). Lavin is 3-3 vs. the No. 1 ranked team in his career.

Lavin's five+ seasons have been highlighted by yearly winning streaks - 2001-02 - nine games, 2000-01- eight (later in the season) and six games (earlier), 1999-00- eight games (late in the season, including NCAA), 1998-99-eight games (early), 1997-98-nine games (early) and 1996-97-12 to end season, including NCAA (longest win streak of Lavin's career).

Under Lavin, the Bruins are 112-4 when leading at the five-minute mark.

Lavin's teams are historically strong down the stretch. In the final six games of the Pac-10 season, UCLA is 25-6 under Lavin.

Player Honors - Jason Kapono is one of 20 finalists for the Naismith Award, He is also on the Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30 list. In addition, he has been selected first-team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Matt Barnes has been selected to the NABC All-District 15 second team. In addition, he is a recent addition to the list of players eligible for the Wooden Award.

Athletic Director's Honor Roll - In fall quarter grades, the Bruins had two players make the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpa or higher)- junior Jason Kapono (history major) and senior Matt Barnes (history major).

Community Service - On Monday, Jan. 7 the Bruins took their annual visit to the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte. On Friday, Dec. 7, the day before UCLA's game vs. Alabama at the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, the Bruins participated in a clinic with the Southern California Special Olympics (the designated charity for the Wooden Classic).

Starting Lineups - The Bruins have used three different starting lineups this season. When Rico Hines was in the starting lineup (did not play at the Arizona schools and vs. Stanford because of the lingering effects of a concussion), the Bruins were 10-1, including a nine-game winning streak. The starting lineup UCLA used vs. USC is now 7-6, with wins over Arizona, USC, at Oregon State, California, at Arizona State and at the Maui Invitational (victories over South Carolina and Houston) and losses at Villanova, at Oregon, Stanford, at Arizona, Pepperdine and to Ball State at Maui.

2001-02 Special Team Stats (24 games)
The Bruins have led 13 times (11-2, led at Arizona 58-43 but lost 96-86, led Pepperdine 36-33 but lost 85-78) at halftime, trailed 10 times (5-5, Arizona 40-at UCLA 34 (came back to win 77-76), at Villanova 31-UCLA30, USC 39-at UCLA 33 (came back to win 67-65), at Oregon 47-UCLA 28, Stanford 42-at UCLA 40, at USC 37-UCLA 29, at WSU 37-UCLA 29 (came back to win 79-74), at Washington 37-UCLA 30 (came back to win 85-79), UC Irvine 29-at UCLA 27 (came back to win 75-74), Ball State 44-UCLA 40, in Maui) and have been tied once (1-0, UCLA 28-UC Riverside 28).

UCLA has outrebounded 16 of 24 opponents and is 12-4 in those games (only USC (35-32), at Oregon (41-29), Stanford (45-37), at USC (46-33), WSU (36-34), at Washington (36-33), UC Irvine (30-23) and Alabama (44-38) outrebounded the Bruins a 5-3 record when outrebounded). After 24 games, UCLA is averaging 36.2 rebounds a game (33.1 opponents).

UCLA has outshot 17 (16-1, beating Houston, South Carolina, UC Riverside, Alabama, at Washington, at WSU, Columbia, Georgetown, Washington, WSU, Kansas, at Arizona State, California, at Oregon State, USC, Arizona) of 24 opponents, including 13 of the last 17. Villanova (46.0-43.8), Oregon (56.7-41.8), Stanford (49.1-40.3), at Arizona (48.4-46.2), UC Irvine (52.1-45.3), Pepperdine (47.8-41.2) and Ball State (45.7-42.6) outshot UCLA from the field (1-5, beating UC Irvine). Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9 (35-48), No. 2 in school history and the current national team leader for single-game FG%. UCLA shot 61.5 (32-52) at Oregon State. After 24 games, UCLA is shooting 47.9 from the field (43.0 opponents).

From three-point range, UCLA has outshot 16 (12-4, lost at Villanova, at Arizona, at USC and Pepperdine) of 24 opponents, only Ball State (BS 45.7-UCLA 33.3), UC Riverside (UCR 33.3-UCLA 26.7), Washington twice (at UW 42.1-UCLA 35.3 and UW 34.5-UCLA 23.1), Kansas (KU 39.3-UCLA 37.5), Stanford (41.2-33.3), at Oregon (45.5-07.1) and Arizona (50.0-34.8) outshot the Bruins from three-point range (5-3, lost to Oregon, Stanford and Ball State). After 24 games, UCLA is shooting 40.9 from the three-point line (32.7 opponents)

UCLA has been outshot at the free throw line in 15 of 24 games (Arizona 73.3/62.5, at Villanova 100.0/66.7, at Oregon State 62.5/50.0, at Oregon 72.2/556, California 80.0/60.9, Stanford 67.6/UCLA 54.8, at Arizona 78.6/UCLA 69.2, at ASU 72.2/UCLA 65.4, KU 80.8/UCLA 77.8, WSU 83.3/at UCLA 68.2, Georgetown 81.8/UCLA 69.0, at WSU 100.0/UCLA 58.6, UC Irvine 94.1/UCLA 80.0, Pepperdine 68.8/UCLA 56.0, Houston 68.4/UCLA 63.6 - 10-5, losing at Villanova, at Oregon, Stanford, at Arizona and to Pepperdine). UCLA has had four contests of 80.0 or better (UCLA 80.0 vs. Columbia 62.5, UCLA 80.0 vs. UC Irvine, UCLA 85.0 vs. Alabama, UCLA 81.3 vs. South Carolina and UCLA 84.0 vs. Ball State). After 22 games, the Bruins are shooting 67.8 from the line (71.3 opponents).

UCLA has made fewer turnovers than its opponent in 12 of 24 games (one tie), including 12 of the last 20 contests (one tie) and is 15-5 in that span. Overall, the Bruins are averaging 14.92 turnovers a game (13.75 opponents).

The Bruins are 15-0 when leading at the five minute mark, 1-7 when trailing and 1-0 when the game is tied (63-63 at WSU).

Jason Kapono - In 24 starts, Kapono is UCLA's leading scorer (17.8) and also leads the Bruins in minutes (35.5), foul shooting (86.6, 84-97) and three-point shooting (47.0, 71-151), No. 3 in assists (2.4) and No. 3 in rebounding (5.6). A Naismith Award finalist (one of 20), Wooden Award Midseason (Top 30) selection and NABC District 15 first-team selection, Kapono this season has set the school records for three-pointers (he now has 237) and three-point field goal attempts (508) and already holds the school record for three-point shooting percentage(46.7, 237-508).

Vs. Arizona, Kapono played 37 minutes and scored 20 points (7-14, 6-11, 0-0). He scored nine of UCLA's final 10 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer with 19 seconds left in the game. He added five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

He's led the Bruins in scoring 10 times this season, three of the last six games, four times in rebounding (including season-high 11 vs. Columbia) and has scored in double figures in 22 of 24 games, including eight games of 20 or more (including a career-tying high of 28 vs. Pepperdine).

In 12 games in Pauley, he is averaging 18.4 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 46.7 from the floor, 46.8 from three-point range and 86.3 from the line.

Billy Knight - In 24 starts, Knight is the Bruins' No. 2 scorer (15.0), also No. 3 in minutes (29.3) and No. 3 in three-point shooting (42.6, 46-108) and No. 2 in foul shooting (81.3, 87-107). He ranks first on the team in steals (1.3) and is averaging 1.4 assists a game. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 15.3 points and shooting 48.9 from the floor. In 12 Pauley games, he is averaging 16.3 points and shooting 46.7 from the floor, a team-best 47.4 from three-point range and 83.1 from the line.

Vs. Arizona, he contributed 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes. On Feb. 6 against USC, he hit the game winning jumper (a three-pointer) with no time left on the clock.

He's scored in double figures 21 of 24 games, has led the Bruins in scoring on four occasions (including a career-high 32 points vs. Washington State,h) and has six games of 20 or more. He has scored in double figures the last six games.

Matt Barnes - A recent addition to the list of players eligible for the John Wooden Award, in 23 starts (and games, he did not play vs. UC Irvine because of a sprained left ankle), Barnes is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (13.8), No. 2 rebounder (6.2) and No. 3 in three-point shooting (45.5, 30-66) and is second in assists (3.4). He's shooting 49.6 from the field (No. 2 among starters) and averaging 1.1 steals (second on the team). Earler this week, Barnes was named to the second unit of the NABC's All-District 15 team.

Vs. Arizona, Barnes played 34 minutes and had another fine all-around game with 13 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and a team-best five assists. His pass to the right wing led to Jason Kapono's winning basket versus the Wildcats.

For the week of Jan. 10-12, Barnes was named the Sports Illustrated National and Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in UCLA's loss at USC and victory over No. 1 Kansas in Pauley. Vs. USC, Barnes played 37 minutes, scoring a career-high 34 points, including tying the school record with seven three-pointers (7-11). He also added five rebounds and two assists. In the win over KU, Barnes led the Bruins with 27 points and added five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. His two-game total of 61 points (30.5) was the best by a Bruin since Ed O'Bannon scored 64 points in back-to-back games vs. California (27, also tied the school record for three-pointers, originally set by Reggie Miller vs. Washington State, 12/19/86) and Duke (37) in 1995.

Barnes has led the Bruins in scoring on four occasions (34 vs. USC, 27 vs. Kansas, 20 vs. Stanford and 17 vs. Villanova) and five times in rebounding. He's scored in double figures on 16 occasions this season.

Dan Gadzuric - In 24 starts, Gadzuric is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (10.8) and No. 1 rebounder (7.0). He's shooting a team-high 56.0 from the field. In Pac-10 play, he is averaging 13.6 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds and shooting 59.5 from the field.

Vs. Arizona, Gadzuric once again played his best game of the year. He led the Bruins with 22 points (10-16, 2-3), one shy of his career-high, and 16 rebounds, also one shy of his career best. Eight of his rebounds were off the offensive glass. He added two assists and two blocks.

On Dec. 20-22, Gadzuric had a huge weekend at the Washington schools, leading the Bruins to two victories at UW (23 points, career-high, 13 rebounds, at the time a season-high) and WSU (20 points). It was UCLA's first sweep at the Washington schools since 1997, the last year UCLA won the Pac-10.

Gadzuric has scored in double figures 13 times this year, including eight of the last 10 games. He's led the Bruins three times in scoring and 13 times in rebounding, including six of the last seven games.

Cedric Bozeman - Made his first appearance vs. Washington (in Pauley on Jan. 4) since arthroscopic right knee surgery on Dec. 3 (after starting the first four games, he missed seven games because of the injury and surgery).

He has now played in 13 games since returning (starting the last nine games) and in 17 contests (13 starts), Bozeman is averaging 22.5 minutes, 3.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Vs. Arizona, he started and played 21 minutes, with two assists and one rebound.

Rico Hines - Suffered a mild concussion at practice on Tuesday, Jan. 8, two days before the game vs. USC at The Forum. Was cleared to play vs. USC and Kansas (said he was feeling OK with no headaches). But on Monday, Jan. 14, Hines admitted to the Bruin medical staff he had actually had headaches since Jan. 8. He missed games at ASU and Arizona, plus vs. Stanford in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 24. Since returning to action vs. California on Feb. 26, the Bruins are 4-2.

The Bruins were 10-1 with Hines in the starting lineup, including a nine-game winning streak. On the court, he's UCLA's leader and top defensive performer.

Vs. Arizona, Hines played seven minutes with one steal.

T. J. Cummings - After 24 games (no starts), Cummings is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (8.5), No. 5 rebounder (3.1) and No. 3 shooter from the field (51.5, 84-163).

Vs. Arizona, Cummings played 12 minutes, with two points and two rebounds.

He's led the Bruins in scoring four times this year and twice in rebounding. He's scored in double figures off the bench eight times this season. He had a career-high 25 points vs. South Carolina (11-12 from the field, 91.7, tied for No. 3 on the single-game NCAA chart this season) and had his first career double-double (22 points and career-high 11 rebounds) in UCLA's win over Washington in Pauley.Ryan Walcott - The Bruins' reserve point guard played perhaps the best game of his career against Arizona. In a career-high 15 minutes, he ran the offense, scored six points and added three assists.

Looking Ahead- UCLA will play their last road games of the regular season next week, facing California on Thursday night (7:00 p.m., no TV) and Stanford on Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m., CBS).

(17-7 overall, 9-4 Pac-10)
Nov. 8-at UCLA 102, EA SPORTS 77
Nov. 14-at UCLA 86, Global Sports 60
Nov. 19-No. 3 UCLA 71, Houston 60*
Nov. 20-Ball State 91, No. 3 UCLA 73*
Nov. 21-No. 3 UCLA 89, South Carolina 77*
Nov. 28-Pepperdine 85, at No. 10 UCLA 78
Dec. 5-at No. 20 UCLA 65, UC Riverside 50
Dec. 8-No. 20 UCLA 79, No. 16 Alabama 57**
Dec. 15-at No. 17 UCLA 75, UC Irvine 74
Dec. 20-No. 19 UCLA 85, at Washington 79
Dec. 22-No. 19 UCLA 79, at Washington State 74
Dec. 27-at No. 15 UCLA 64, Columbia 55
Dec. 29-at No. 15 UCLA 98, No. 20 Georgetown 91
Jan. 4-at No. 14 UCLA 74, Washington 62
Jan. 6-at No. 14 UCLA 81, Washington State 69
Jan. 10-at USC (Forum) 81, No. 11 UCLA 77
Jan. 12-at No. 11 UCLA 87, No. 1 Kansas 77
Jan. 17-No. 9 UCLA 82, at Arizona State 79
Jan. 19-at No. 15 Arizona 96, No. 9 UCLA 86
Jan. 24-No. 17 Stanford 86, at No. 13 UCLA 76
Jan. 26-at No. 13 UCLA 64, California 57
Jan. 31-at Oregon 91, No. 13 UCLA 62
Feb. 2-No. 13 UCLA 70, at Oregon State 48
Feb. 6-at No. 15 UCLA 67, No. 25 USC 65
Feb. 9-at Villanova 58, No. 15 UCLA 57
Feb. 14-at No. 20 UCLA 77, No. 9 Arizona 76
Feb. 16-Arizona State (12:30 p.m./ABC)
Feb. 21-at California (7 p.m.)
Feb. 23-at Stanford (1 p.m./CBS)
Feb. 28-Oregon State (7:30 p.m.)
March 2-Oregon (1 p.m./CBS)
March 7-9-Pac-10 Postseason Tournament***
*Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center
**John R. Wooden Classic, Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim
***Pac-10 Postseason, Staples Center, Los Angeles
All Times Pacific

2001-02 FOR THE RECORD (24 Games)
UCLA 80 Pts. or Over 6-1
UCLA 79 Pts. or Under 11-6
Opp. 80 Pts. or more. 1-6
Opp Under 80 Pts. 16-1
Leading at Half Tied Trailing at Half

With five minutes to play (in regulation)
UCLA leads with 5:00 to play: 15-0
UCLA trails with 5:00 to play: 1-6
UCLA tied with 5:00 to play: 1-1

UCLA 80 Pts. or Over 71-13
UCLA 79 Pts. or Under 60-41
Opp. 80 Pts. or more. 23-32
Opp Under 80 Pts. 108-22

With five minutes to play (in regulation)
UCLA leads with 5:00 to play: 112-4
UCLA trails with 5:00 to play: 12-48
UCLA tied with 5:00 to play: 7-2

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