UCLA Hosts Oregon State At Pauley Pavilion

Jan. 31, 2003

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UCLA Tentative Starters vs. Oregon State
F-24 Jason Kapono 6-8 Sr. 17.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg
F-43 T. J. Cummings 6-10 Jr. 11.8 5.4
C-15 Ryan Hollins 6-11 Fr. 2.4 3.0
G-1 Dijon Thompson 6-7 So. 14.2 4.5
G-21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6 So. 7.4 3.1

Oregon State at UCLA - Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins, 2-6 in Pac-10 play and 4-12 overall, play Oregon State (10-7, 3-5) on Saturday (Feb. 1) at Pauley Pavilion. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (TV-Fox Sports Net West 2; Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).

Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as the Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 139-71 (210 games, 66,2) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (265-103, 368 games, 72.0). The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only current coaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA 'Sweet 16s' in the last six seasons. Lavin entered 2002-03 as the 15th winningest active coach (minimum five years as a Div. I head coach/based on percentage-entering 2002-03, Lavin's record was 135-59, 69.6). Lavin is 11-1 versus Oregon State, 6-0 at Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA's Last Game - On Jan. 30, UCLA rallied from a 10-point second half deficit and took the No. 19 USA Today/ESPN, No. 22 AP Oregon Ducks to overtime before dropping a heartbreaker to Oregon, 96-91 at Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins started their eighth lineup of the year (Jason Kapono and T.J. Cummings at forward, Ryan Hollins at center and Dijon Thompson and Cedric Bozeman at guard) and built an 11-point lead (22-11) with 11:56 remaining in the first half. However, the Ducks battled back, tying the game at 25. Oregon broke a 35-35 tie by scoring the final seven points of the half to take a 42-35 lead at intermission.

The Ducks grabbed a 10-point lead early in the second half but the Bruins put together a 16-4 spurt to take the lead. Neither team led by more than four points the remainder of regulation. The game was tied at 81 when UCLA forced a shot-clock violation with 4.2 seconds remaining in regulation. However, Ryan Walcott's shot at the buzzer was short, sending the game into overtime. In the extra period, UCLA led 91-89 with 1:36 remaining but a three-point play by Ian Crosswhite gave the Ducks the lead and the Bruins did not score again.

UCLA had five players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's 21 points and six rebounds. Dijon Thompson contributed 19 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Cedric Bozeman, starting for the first time since January 11, responded with a career-high 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Ryan Hollins, making only the second start of his career, set career bests in points (11), rebounds (11) and blocked shots (seven), and Michael Fey scored a career-high 11 points off the bench.

UCLA shot 52.2 (35-67) from the field, 30.8 (4-13) from three-point range and 60.7 (17-28) from the foul line, with a game-high 41 rebounds, 17 assists and 16 turnovers.

Oregon shot 47.9 (35-73) from the field, 43.3 (13-30) from three-point range and 86.7 (13-15) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds, 21 assists and 13 turnovers. The Ducks were led by Luke Jackson's 27 points, Crosswhite's 22 points and 12 rebounds and Luke Ridnour's 10 assists and 11 points.

Bruin Team Stats -UCLA is 4-2 this season when leading at halftime; the Bruins have outrebounded eight of 16 opponents (4-4); UCLA is 4-3 when outshooting opponents from the field; the Bruins are 4-2 when they outshoot opponents from three-point range; the Bruins are 2-7 when outshooting their opponents from the free throw line; UCLA is 4-6 when committing more turnovers/ 0-6 when committing less; UCLA is 4-1 when leading at the five-minute mark.

Looking Ahead - Following the Oregon State game, the Bruins take to the road for four consecutive games - at USC on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Georgetown on Saturday, Feb.8, at Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 13, and at Arizona State on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Bruin Starters

Jason Kapono - UCLA's school record holder in three-pointers (289), Kapono is now the No. 4 (1,882) all-time scorer in Bruin history (No. 3 Reggie Miller, 2,095, 1984-87). In addition, his 289 three-point field goals are tied for No. 2 with Arizona's Jason Gardner on the all-time Pac-10 list.

Vs. Oregon, Kapono led the Bruins with 21 points (9-20, 1-6, 2-2) and added six rebounds.

He has started all 16 games and is UCLA's leader in minutes (32.1). Kapono has scored in double figures 14 times, including his 44-point game at Washington State, and leads the Bruins in scoring (17.1) and rebounding (5.5). He has led the Bruins in scoring eight times and in rebounding on six occasions, both team highs.

T. J. Cummings - He's led the Bruins in scoring four times this season. On Thursday, he contributed eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes. He is third on the team in scoring (11.8) and second in rebound average (5.4). In addition, he is shooting a team-high 89.1 from the line.

Ryan Hollins - On Thursday night, he started for only the second time in his career and had a breakout game against Oregon. In 34 minutes, he scored 11 points (5-7, 1-4), grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked seven shots - all career highs. On the year, he is averaging 2.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in just 11.5 minutes. He is shooting 55.6 (10-18) on his field goal attempts.

Cedric Bozeman - In his first start since January 11, Bozeman responded with a career-high 17 points (7-12, 1-2, 2-3), five rebounds, five assists and two steals against Oregon. He has led the Bruins in assists in eight of 16 games. On the year, he is averaging 7.4 points (No. 5 on teams) and 3.4 assists.

Dijon Thompson - UCLA's second-leading scorer (14.2), he has started the last two games after coming off the bench in his previous 11 games (missed Michigan with a swollen left knee). He has led the team in scoring four times and in steals on nine occasions and is shooting 53.5 from the field, second on the team. Against Oregon, he had 19 points (7-13, 2-3, 3-7), three rebounds, three assists and a team-high and three steals.

Off the Bench

Ryan Walcott - On Thursday night, he came off the bench after starting the previous nine games and contributed five assists, two rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes. On the year, he leads the team in assists (4.0) and is averaging 3.9 points. He has led the team in assists seven times.

Michael Fey - The freshman played 12 minutes against Oregon and scored a career high 11 points and added four rebounds and one assist. On the year, he is averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in just 8.8 minutes.

Ray Young - On Thursday, he came off the bench after starting the previous four contests and contributed four points in nine minutes. On the year, he is averaging 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Andre Patterson - The sophomore forward has missed the last two games (California and Oregon) after spraining his left ankle in the opening moments at Stanford and played just three minutes. On the year, Patterson is averaging 8.2 points (No. 4 on the team) and 5.3 rebounds (No. 3) while leading the team in field goal percentage (63.9). He has started nine of 11 games.

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