Bruins Break From Pac-10 To Take On St. John's

Jan. 29, 2004

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UCLA (9-7) at ST. JOHN'S (4-13)
Sat., Jan. 31/1:30 p.m. EST/TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA 690/1150


No. Name P Ht. Cl. Pts. Rbs.
4 Trevor Ariza F 6-7 Fr. 12.0 6.5
43 T.J. Cummings F 6-9 Sr. 12.3 6.3
15 Ryan Hollins C 7-0 So. 5.8 4.9
1 Dijon Thompson F 6-7 Jr. 14.6 4.8
21 Cedric Bozeman G 6-6 Jr. 8.8 4.4

LOOKING AHEAD - Following the St. John's contest, the Bruins return home to Pauley Pavilion for more Pac-10 action. UCLA hosts Washington State on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. (TV-None/Radio-XTRA 690/1150) and Washington on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6:00 p.m. (TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA 690/1150).

SATURDAY - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins, 9-7 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-10, take a break from league action to face the St. John's Red Storm (4-13, 0-7 in Big East play) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

UCLA'S LAST GAME - Jan. 28 - USC 76, at UCLA 69 - Before a sellout crowd of 12,773 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA rallied from a 22-point, closing to within three points on two occasions before dropping a 76-69 decision.

In the first half, USC shot over 56% from the floor and held UCLA to 33.3% while building a 44-24 halftime lead. In the second half, the Trojans led by as many as 22 points before the Bruins rallied. UCLA cut the deficit to 10 points on several occasions. A basket by Ryan Hollins with 3:00 remaining cut the deficit to three points (71-68) but the Bruins could get no closer. With 28 seconds left. Cedric Bozeman made the front end of a one-and-one to make it a three-point game (72-69) but he couldn't convert and USC made its final four free throws for the final margin.

UCLA had three players in double figures. Sophomore center Ryan Hollins scored a career-high 21 points (7-8, 7-9) and added a game-high eight rebounds and one assist. Junior Dijon Thompson added 11 points and three rebounds and T.J. Cummings added 10 points, three rebounds and two assists. Cedric Bozeman tied his career high with 10 assists and added five points and four rebounds.

The Bruins shot 44.6 (25-56) from the field, 26.3 (5-19) from three-point range and 73.7 (14-19) from the foul line, with 34 rebounds, 18 assists, four steals and 18 turnovers.

USC shot 50.9 (29-57) from the field (UCLA is 0-3 when its opponent shoots higher than 50.0 from the field), 38.1 (8-21) from three-point range and 45.5 (10-22) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds, 12 assists, nine steals, two blocked shots and 14 turnovers. The Trojans had three players in double figures, led by Desmon Farmer's 28 points, six rebounds and two assists. Errick Craven came off the bench to contribute 18 points (6-9, 3-6, 3-10), five steals, four assists and four rebounds and Nick Curtis added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his first season at UCLA and his 10th year as a collegiate head coach. Howland was 1-1 vs. St. John's while head coach at Pittsburgh. In his last two seasons at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.

2003-04 - UCLA (9-7, 16 games/56.3)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals - 10th Season (177-106, 283 games/62.5)

UCLA vs. ST. JOHN'S - The Red Storm leads the series, 5-2, and have won the last five meetings between the two schools. Last year (Jan. 11, 2003) at Pauley Pavilion, St. John's defeated the Bruins, 80-65. Jason Kapono led UCLA with 22 points and eight rebounds while T.J. Cummings added 17 points and five rebounds. Marcus Hatten had 23 points for the Red Storm while Anthony Glover added 22 points.

THE RED STORM - On Wednesday, St. John's lost its seventh straight game, dropping a 73-64 decision to West Virginia. Elijah Ingram led the team with 19 points and Darryll Hill added 15 points.

TRENDS - UCLA is holding opponents to shoot just 42.3 from the field. Only three opponents (Arizona .544, UCSB .522, USC .509) have shot better than .500 and five have been held below .400. In nine Pac-10 games, the Bruins are shooting 46.4 from the field and holding opponents to 44.0. UCLA has outrebounded six of its last 11 opponents (with two ties). Overall, the Bruins have been outrebounded just five times in 16 games (the Bruins are 0-4 in those games-USC, at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky). UCLA's 53 second-half point total against Oregon State is its highest output of the year for any half (17 points vs. Kentucky in the first half is the lowest, 20 vs. WSU in the first half is the second-lowest). UCLA opponent halftime low is 19 vs. WSU.


F - 4 Trevor Ariza, 6-7, 194, Fr., Los Angeles, CA (Westchester HS) - UCLA's No. 3 scorer (12.0) and No. 1 rebounder (6.5), he's the team leader in steals (24, 1.9). Was mentioned the week of the Arizona home games by Dick Vitale as a Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandy (one of the Top 12 freshman in the U. S.) In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 12.7 points (No. 2) and 6.0 rebounds (No. 2). Has scored in double figures on seven occasions and has led the Bruin in scoring once (season-high 24 vs. Oregon State) and in rebounding four times. Ariza has scored in double figures in four of the last six Pac-10 games (at CAL 11, AZ 18, ASU 16, at UW 21, with eight rebounds). Against USC in 30 minutes, Ariza contributed six points, six rebounds, three steals and one assist. Ariza had two outstanding games in a row - Oregon State (a season and game-high 24 points (11-13, 2-4, 0-2/20 points in the second half/most points by a Bruin freshman starter since Jason Kapono scored 27 points, twice in 2000) and a game-high nine rebounds) and at Michigan (first career double-double (15 points/game and season-high 14 rebounds, the most rebounds by a Bruin freshman starter since 1998-99, JaRon Rush had 15 rebounds vs. Washington (2/27/99) and Dan Gadzuric had 14 rebounds vs. Arizona State (1/4/99). Ariza did not play vs. Vermont, UC Riverside or Kentucky (spontaneous pneumothorax/the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs/diagnosed on Nov. 28).

F - 43 T. J. CUMMINGS, 6-9, 215, Sr., Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) - The Bruins' No. 2 scorer (12.3) and No. 2 rebounder (6.3), he is shooting 52.1 (No. 3) from the field and a team-best 85.2 (23-27) from the foul line. In nine Pac-10 starts, Cummings is averaging 12.1 points (No. 3) and a team-high 7.0 rebounds. He's led the Bruins in rebounding in five of the last eight games and in scoring, three of the last seven. In 23 minutes versus USC, he contributed 10 points - all in the second half, three rebounds and two assists. Cummings has scored in double figures in 10 of 12 games this season. In UCLA's home win vs. Arizona State, Cummings recorded his second consecutive double-double with a game-high 21 points (7-15, 0-2, 7-7) and a season-high 12 rebounds, plus two assists in 36 minutes. In UCLA's wins over ASU and at Washington (season-high 22 points/11 rebounds), Cummings averaged 37.5 minutes, 21.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and only 2.0 turnovers, while shooting 55.6 (15-27) from the field, 40.0 (2-5) from three-point range and 91.7 (11-12) from the foul line. Missed UCLA's first four regular season games (was academically ineligible) and then led the Bruins in scoring in his first two games back (UC Santa Barbara 14 /Michigan State 13).

C- 15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, So., Pasadena, CA (Muir HS) - In 16 games (five starts, started his first game at center vs. Stanford, his other three starts were at forward), he's averaging 5.8 points and 4.9 rebounds (No. 3 on team), leads the team with 17 blocks (1.1) and is shooting a team-high 58.9 from the field. In 35 minutes versus USC, Hollins recorded a career high 21 points (7-8, 7-9) and eight rebounds. Also scored 11 points in UCLA's win over Oregon State, 10 points with eight rebounds vs. Kentucky and a season-high nine rebounds in UCLA's win vs. LMU. Last season, Hollins started the Bruins' final 14 games at center and earned Honorable Mention All Pac-10 Freshman honors. Last summer, Hollins was a member of the USA Junior World team.

G-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 198, Jr., Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union) - A co-captain, UCLA's No. 1 scorer (14.6) and No. 4 rebounder (4.8), he's shooting 78.0 (39-50) from the foul line, 34.7 (26-75) from three-point range and is second on the team in minutes (34.8), with 2.4 assists. He's led UCLA in scoring in three of the last four games (at California 17, at Stanford 15, Arizona 19). He's scored in double figures the last eight games and on 16 occasions this season (got six points in UCLA's home win vs. Oregon State). He's led UCLA in scoring six times and in rebounding on two occasions. In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 13.8 points (No. 1), 4.1 rebounds (No. 4), with 2.8 assists. In 32 minutes vs. USC, Thompson had 11 points (4-10, 3-5, 0-0), three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Averaged 19 points vs. the Arizona schools. Hit the winning free throws in UCLA victories at the Washington schools and made two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to help secure UCLA's victory over Arizona State. In UCLA's loss at Michigan, Thompson had a season and game-high 21 points (including a career-best five three-pointers/he made four in the final 4:28).

G - 21 Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 199, Jr., Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS) - A co-captain, he's UCLA's No. 5 scorer (8.8) and No. 4 rebounder (4.4) and leads the Bruins in assists (6.2, entered the week as the Pac-10 leader) and in minutes (34.9). In Pac-10 play, he's averaging 6.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.78 assists. In 38 minutes versus USC, Bozeman passed for 10 assists (two turnovers) for the second straight game. He added five points and four rebounds. In his last six games, he has averaged 7.8 assists and just 2.2 turnovers. Vs. LMU, Bozeman's three-point shot with with two seconds left in overtime gave UCLA the 69-66 victory (in that game, he had his first ever double/double-16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds). Scored a career-high tying 17 points vs. UC Riverside and dished out nine assists vs. Vermont.

OFF THE BENCH - Against USC, Josiah Johnson contributed six points, two rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes and Janou Rubin added five points, four rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes.

Brian Morrison - In the second half vs. Michigan State (12/20), Morrison suffered a left hamstring strain and missed nine games. At the time of his injury, he was UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.8), No. 3 in minutes (31.7) and top three-point shooter (45.9, 17-37). In UCLA's 84-70 win over UC Riverside on Dec. 3 in Pauley Pavilion, Morrison scored a career-high 28 points. Morrison played 14 minutes off the bench against USC and had one point and two rebounds.

2003-04 SPECIAL TEAM STATS (16 Games)

HALFTIME - UCLA is 2-5 when it trails at halftime, 7-2 when it leads at halftime and 0-0 when the score is tied at halftime.

REBOUNDING - UCLA is 8-1 when it outrebounds its opponent (ASU, WSU, Oregon, Oregon State, Michigan State, Loyola, Vermont, UC Riverside/lost at Michigan) and 0-5 when it is outrebounded (USC, at Stanford, Arizona, UCSB, Kentucky) and 1-1 when the rebounding is even (defeating Washington and losing to California).

FG % - UCLA is 8-2 when it outshoots its opponent and 1-5 when its is outshot (lost to USC, at California, at Stanford, Arizona, at Michigan/beat LMU).

3 PT FG% - UCLA is 5-1 (lost at Stanford) when it outshoots its opponent and 4-6 when it is outshot.

FT% - UCLA is 0-4 when it outshoots its opponent and 9-3 (at Stanford, Arizona, at Michigan) when it is outshot .

TOs- UCLA is 0-0 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponent, 6-6 when it has more and 3-1 when it is even.

5 MIN. MARK - UCLA is 7-0 when it leads with five minutes remaining in regulation and 2-7 when it trails at the five-minute mark.

2003-04 UCLA SCHEDULE/SCORES (16 Games)
(9-7 overall, 5-4 Pac-10)
Nov. 29-at UCLA 68, Vermont 67
Dec. 3- at UCLA 84, UC Riverside 70
Dec. 6-No. 9 Kentucky 52, UCLA 50 at Wooden Classic
Dec. 13-at UCLA 69, Loyola Marymount 66 (ot)
Dec. 17-UC Santa Barbara 61, at UCLA 60
Dec. 20-at UCLA 64, Michigan State 58 (Nell and John Wooden Court Dedication)
Dec. 27-at Michigan 70, UCLA 66
Jan. 2-at UCLA 77, Oregon State 66
Jan. 4-at UCLA 81, Oregon 74
Jan. 8-UCLA 48, at Washington State 45 (Spokane)
Jan. 10-UCLA 86, at Washington 84 (ot)
Jan. 15-at UCLA 66, Arizona State 58
Jan. 17-No. 7 Arizona 97, at UCLA 72
Jan. 22-at No. 2 Stanford 67, UCLA 52
Jan. 24-at California 76, UCLA 62
Jan. 28-USC 76, at UCLA 69
Jan. 31-at St. John's (Madison Square Garden/10:30 a.m./1:30 p.m. ET/CBS)
Feb. 5-Washington State (7:30 p.m.)
Feb. 7-Washington (6 p.m./FSNW2)
Feb. 12-at Arizona State (7:30 p.m./8:30 p.m. MT/FSN)
Feb. 14-at Arizona (Noon/1 p.m. MT/FSN)
Feb. 19-California (7:30 p.m./FSNW2)
Feb. 21-Stanford (1 p.m./CBS)
Feb. 25-at USC (7:30 p.m./FSN)
Feb. 28-Notre Dame (1 p.m./CBS)
March 4-at Oregon State (7:30 p.m./FSN)
March 6-at Oregon (1 p.m./CBS)
March 11-13 -Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center
All Times Pacific (unless noted)

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