UCLA Travels to Oregon Schools

Feb. 25, 2003

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UCLA (6-17, 3-11/Pac-10 ninth-place) at OREGON STATE (12-11, 5-9/Pac-10 sixth-place tie)
7:05 P.M. PT, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR.
(TV - FSNW2, delayed at 9:30 p.m.; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean-game will be on KPOP in San Diego instead of 690AM).

UCLA at OREGON (18-7, 8-6/Pac-10 fifth place prior to Thursday's game vs. USC)

1:00 P.M. PT, McArthur Court, Eugene, OR.
(TV - CBS; Radio - XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts/Don MacLean).

Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season as Bruin head coach with a school and career mark of 141-76 (217 games, 65.0) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (375 games, 267-108, 71.2). The Kansas contest was Lavin's 200th game as the Bruin head coach.

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-69.6, 135-59 entering this season).

In his Bruin head coaching career, Lavin is 11-2 vs. Oregon State, 5-1 at Corvallis. He is 7-6 vs. Oregon, 2-4 at Eugene.

Last UCLA Games -

No. 21 Stanford 93, at UCLA 84 - On Feb. 22 before 9,541 in Pauley Pavilion, Stanford held off numerous UCLA rallies and defeated the Bruins 93-84 in an offensive battle (just the opposite from the first meeting between the teams - Stanford won 52-51 at Palo Alto on Jan. 23 when the Bruins missed a last second shot to win the game).

With 18:44 left to play, UCLA led 45-44 on a three-pointer by Jason Kapono. Stanford then retook the lead and after that, the Bruins got within one or two points of the Cardinal on eight occasions in the second half, the final time at 5:14 left to play, when Dijon Thompson's three-pointer made the score Stanford 77-UCLA 76. But in the game's final five minutes, the Cardinal outscored UCLA 16-8.

The Bruins had four players in double figures, led by Kapono's 27 points and once again by Ray Young, who scored a career-high tying 22 points (Young was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee for his play vs. Cal and Stanford).

UCLA shot 48.2 (27-56) from the field, 55.0 (11-20) from three-point range and 76.0 (19-25) from the foul line, with 24 rebounds and a game-high 16 turnovers.

Stanford shot 60.4 (32-53) from the field, 58.8 (10-17) from three-point range and 90.5 (19-21) from the foul line, with a game-high 25 rebounds and 14 turnovers. The Cardinal was led by Julius Barnes' 27 points and Matt Lottich's 20.

at UCLA 76, No. 18 California 75 (ot) - On Feb. 20, Dijon Thompson's jumper with six seconds remaining in overtime gave the Bruins a 76-75 victory over No. 18 California at Pauley Pavilion. The game was UCLA's 600th in Pauley Pavilion (526-74).

With Cedric Bozeman sidelined (strained right shoulder), UCLA utilized its 10th different starting lineup in 22 games. The Bruins trailed by seven points (27-20) with five minutes remaining in the half but outscored the Golden Bears 18-6 the rest of the way to take a 38-33 haftime lead.

In the second half, the Bruins led by 13 points several times, the last with 13:20 remaining (62-49). California tied the game at 67 with 4:24 remaining and led by two (72-70) when Amit Tamir hit a three-pointer with 51 seconds remaining. The Bruin tied the game on T.J. Cummings' rebound basket with 32 seconds left and neither team could score again, forcing the game to overtime.

In the extra period, Joe Shipp's three-pointer game Cal a 75-72 lead with 2:43 left. However, the Bruins pulled to within one on two Jason Kapono free throws with 1:35 remaining. After two missed free throws by Ray Young with 37 seconds remaining, UCLA had to foul three times to put Cal in the bonus. With 28 seconds left, Richard Midgley missed the front end of a one-and-one situation.

Thompson's jumper was long, but the rebound was batted around and ended up in his hands on the left wing, from where he hit a 16-foot jumper for the lead with six seconds remaining. Cal called timeout with 3.3 seconds left. Tamir's pressured jumper was off the mark and the Bruins had their first home win since Dec. 14.

UCLA had four players in double figures. Dijon Thompson recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds and added four assists. Ray Young, making his first start as a point guard, responded with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. T.J. Cummings came off the bench to contribute 17 points and five rebounds and Jason Kapono added 10 points and six rebounds.

UCLA shot 48.3 (29-60) from the field, 31.3 (5-16) from three-point range and 68.4 (13-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 44 rebounds, 12 assists and 18 turnovers.

California shot 40.3 (31-77) from the field, 36.0 (9-25) from three-point range and 66.7 (4-6) from the foul line, with 36 rebounds, 16 assists and 10 turnovers. The Golden Bears were led by Brian Wethers' 21 points and Joe Shipp's 18 points and seven rebounds.

Head Coach Jay John - Is in his first season as head coach at OSU. Prior to OSU, he was an assistant coach at Arizona for four seasons.

The Beavers - After beating both USC (Jan. 30) and UCLA (Feb. 1) in Los Angeles, OSU went home and lost three Pac-10 games in a row to California, Stanford and Oregon. Last week at the Washington schools, the Beavers on Thursday snapped their three-game losing streak, winning at Washington (80-72), but lost at Washington State (75-71) on Saturday.

UCLA-Oregon State Series - The Bruins lead it 73-30, but OSU won the last meeting, 83-79 in Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 1 (it was OSU's first win in Pauley since the 1988 Pac-10 season). UCLA has won the last three years in a row in Corvallis.



The Bruins in the preseason were No. 14 (AP) and No. 12 (USA Today/ESPN). In week one, UCLA was 15th in AP; and in week two, the Bruins were No. 14 (AP/USA Today/ESPN; that was UCLA's last ranking).


In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were picked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10 Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona (27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon (237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourth-place Arizona State (160), fifth-place California (154), sixth-place USC (152); seventh-place Stanford (136); eighth-place Washington (81); ninth-place Oregon State (71) and 10th-place Washington State (29).


In this week's (Feb. 23) Pac-10 stats, here are the Bruin team and individual leaders.

Team (Top 5) - FT%, 5th, 69.6; FG%, 5th, 45.8; 3-Pt.FG%, 5th, 36.2; Assists, 5th, 14.91; Def. Rebs., 5th, 24.57.

Individuals (Top 10) - Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 6th, 16.9; FG% - Andre Patterson, 1st, 64.2; Assists - Ryan Walcott, 6th, 3.81; FT% - Jason Kapono, 3rd, 87.2; T.J. Cummings, 5th, 85.5; Steals - Dijon Thompson, 6th, 1.50; 3pt. FG% - Jason Kapono, 9th, 38.9; 3pt. FGs - Jason Kapono, 7th, 2.22; Blocked Shots - Andre Patterson, 7th, 1.22; Assist/TO Ratio - Ryan Walcott, 3rd, 1.82, Cedric Bozeman, 10th, 1.42.

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