Bruins Host No. 12 Huskies

Jan. 7, 2005

No. 12 Washington at UCLA/Jan. 8/7:30 p.m.
TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA 690/1150

UCLA (8-3 overall, 2-1 Pac-10)
Probable Starters
F-1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, Sr., 16.4, 9.1
F-12 Josh Shipp, 6-5, Fr., 7.7, 4.4
C-45 Michael Fey, 7-0, Jr., 10.1, 4.2
G-4 Arron Afflalo, 6-5, Fr., 10.7, 3.2
G-11 Jordan Farmar, 6-2, Fr., 13.2, 2.5

UCLA (8-3, 2-1) hosts No. 12 Washington (13-1, 3-0) - Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins face former Bruin assistant Lorenzo Romar's No. 12 Washington Huskies on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are on a two-game winning streak - beating Washington State 80-77 (2OT) on Thursday in Pauley and winning at Oregon 70-62 last Sunday in Eugene. The Huskies are on a nine-game winning streak and on Thursday won at USC, 84-59. UW entered this week's games as the nation's No. 2 scoring offense (89.6/No. 1 North Carolina, 92.7), No. 3 three-point FG% (44.9/No. 1 Texas Tech, 45.9) and No. 4 assists per game (20.4/No. 1 North Carolina, 21.8).. From 1992-96, Romar was a Bruin assistant coach and served on the UCLA staff during the Bruins' 1995 NCAA Championship title run.

Series History - The Bruins lead it 86-30. In 2004, UCLA won two of the three meetings - 86-84 (OT) in Seattle and 80-75 in Pauley Pavilion but UW defeated the Bruins 91-83 during the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament at The Staples Center. UCLA has won the last 17 games in Pauley - the Huskies last victory in Pauley was in 1987 (95-87).

UCLA's Last Game - Jan. 6 - at UCLA 80, Washington State 77 (2OT) - In the first multiple overtime game in Pauley Pavilion since the 1985 Pac-10 season, UCLA overcame a 17-point second-half deficit and rallied to defeat Washington State 80-77 in double overtime.

Throughout the first half, the Bruins never led (trailed by 17, 1:11 left in the first half/WSU led 36-21 at halftime) and to start the second half, the Cougars again led by 17 points (38-21, 17:09 remaining). WSU even led by 16 (50-34, 10:24 left) before the Bruins started their comeback.

In the next 10 minutes, UCLA outscored WSU 25-9 and tied the score (59-59) with 1:26 left in regulation, when Ryan Hollins hit his first of two free throws (during that run, UCLA was led by Jordan Farmar's 12 points and Hollins' 8). With 33 seconds left in regulation, the Bruins took their first lead of the game (61-59) on a putback by Dijon Thompson. With 15 seconds left in regulation, WSU's Thomas Kelati's three-pointer gave the Cougars a 62-61 lead, but with 11 seconds remaining, Josh Shipp connected on his first of two free throws to tie the score (62-62) and force the first overtime.

In the first overtime, behind Farmar's five points, the Bruins led throughout and had 69-64 advantage with 1:19 remaining in the first overtime. But the Cougars' Kelati struck again, forcing the second overtime, scoring on a two point basket with 1:01 left (69-66) and on a three-pointer (69-69) right before the buzzer to force a second overtime.

In the second overtime, UCLA trailed at the beginning, the final time at 2:09 left, when Arron Afflalo made his first of two free throws to cut WSU's lead to one point (75-74). UCLA took it's first lead in the second overtime on a Thompson layin (following a Brian Morrison steal) to give the Bruins a 76-75 advantage. In the final minute, UCLA hit four of six free throws (Thompson was 3-4) to seal the 80-77 victory.

The Bruins had five players in double figures - led by Farmar's season-high 46 minutes, a game-high 19 points, four rebounds, a game-high tying six assists and a game-high and season-best four steals (he did not commit a turnover). Also scoring in double figures were - Morrison, season-high 29 minutes, and a season-high tying 15 points; Hollins, season-high 30 minutes, season-high 13 points, and season-high tying seven rebounds; Shipp, season-high 37 minutes, 11 points, eight rebounds and a season-high tying three assists and Thompson, a career-high tying 43 minutes, 10 points and a game and career-high tying 16 rebounds.

UCLA (8-3, 2-1) shot .429 (27-63) from the the field, .333 (7-21) from three-point range and .594 (19-32) from the foul line, with a game-high 43 rebounds, 15 assists and game-low 11 turnovers.

WSU (6-6, 1-2) shot .478 (32-67) from the field, .273 (6-22) from three-point range and .538 (7-13) from the foul line, with 39 rebounds, 16 assists and a game-high 14 turnovers. The Cougars were led by Kelati's 18 points.

Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA, with a school mark of 19-20 and a career record of 187-119 (Howland is 2-1 vs. Washington). In his last two years (2002-03) at Pittsburgh, Howland guided thePanthers to two NCAA 'Sweet 16s', one Big East Tournament crown (2003) and in 2002, he was the consensus National Coach of the Year.

The Bruins . . . - The last multiple overtime games in Pauley Pavilion were during the 1985 Pac-10 season (on Jan. 5, UCLA beat Oregon 67-59/2OT and on Feb. 28, USC defeated the Bruins 80-78 in 4OT) . . . The Bruins are 0-1 this season vs. ranked teams - losing at No. 23 Michigan State, 76-64, Dec. 21 ... UCLA has outrebounded its last four opponents and are 2-2 in those games (beating WSU and winning at UO/ losing at OSU and Michigan State) . . .In the last two games, the Bruins have averaged more assists (14.0/13.0) and less turnovers (11.0/15.0) ... In Pac-10 home openers since 2000, UCLA is 4-2, winning their last two home conference openers (last season, the Bruins beat OSU, 77-66) ... UCLA is 7-2 when leading at halftime, 1-1 when trailing (beat WSU, lost at Michigan State) ... The Bruin are 5-2 when outrebounding their opponent, 3-1 when outrebounded ... UCLA is 6-1 when outshooting its opponent, 2-2 when outshot (beating WSU and winning at UO) ... The Bruins are 8-0 when outshooting their opponent from three-point range/0-3 when outshot (lost at Oregon State, at Michigan State and to Boston College) ... UCLA is 6-0 when it outshoots its opponent from the foul line ... The Bruins are 4-1 when they have less turnovers (losing to Boston College) ... UCLA is 5-0 when leading at the five minute mark, 3-3 when behind (beating WSU, Michigan and Pepperdine/losing at Oregon State, at Michigan State and to Boston College).

Janou Rubin Injury Update - On Thursday in a 1 1/2 hour arthroscopic procedure performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman, Rubin had loose bodies removed from his left knee. He will be on crutches for four weeks and is not expected to return to play this season. Rubin is the third UCLA player to have knee surgery this season (Ryan Hollins, right knee, summer and Cedric Bozeman, ACL right knee, Nov. 10, out for season).

The Starters

Dijon Thompson - Appearing in his 100th career game, Thompson is UCLA's leading scorer (16.4) and rebounder (9.1), second in minutes (32.0), has scored in double figures all 10 games (missed the Pepperdine contest with a hand injury) and has led the Bruins in scoring four times and in rebounding on eight occasions, including the last two games. For the season, he has four double/doubles (three in the last five games) and has scored over 20 points on two occasions. He has career-highs this season in points (29, Michigan) and rebounds (16, WSU/Western Illinois). Thompson was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his career-high 29 points vs. Michigan. On the Bruin career charts, he's a member of the elite 1,106 point club (No. 40/No. 39, Montel Hatcher, 1,115, 1984-87; No. 38 John Green, 1,148, 1960-62).Vs. Washington State, Thompson played a career-high tying 43 minutes, with 10 points, a game and career-high tying 16 rebounds and two assists. Thompson hit three of four free throws down the stretch of the second overtime to seal UCLA's victory over WSU.

Jordan Farmar - UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.1) and leader in minutes (34.6) and assists (5.09) and is UCLA's top shooter from the foul line (.898, No. 16 in the U. S. entering this week's games). Farmar was the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his career-high 25 points and game-winning shot vs. Pepperdine. Farmar, he's started every game, has scored in double figures nine of 11 games (including the last three), has led the Bruins in scoring on four occasions and has been the UCLA assist leader in 10 of 11 games. In the Pepperdine (7-7) and Boston College (8-8) games, he hit 15 consecutive free throws and has seven games of perfect free throw shooting.

Vs. Washington State, Farmar played a season-high 46 minutes, with a game-high 19 points, four rebounds, a game-high tying six assists and a game-high and season-best four steals (he did not commit a turnover). In the Bruins' second half comeback run, Farmar scored 12 points and in the first overtime, he had five points.

Arron Afflalo - Has started every game this season and is UCLA's third-leading scorer (10.7) and third in minutes (31.5) and second in assists (2.73). He has scored in double figures in seven games and has led the Bruins in scoring twice.Vs. Washington State, Afflalo played 30 minutes (for the third straight game) and scored a season-low tying three points, with two rebounds and one assist.

Michael Fey - A starter in 10 of 11 games, Fey is UCLA's No. 4 scorer (10.1), No. 3 rebounder (4.2) and is No. 1 in FG% (.632). He has scored in double figures five times, led the Bruins in scoring once (a career-high 23 points at Oregon State), rebounding twice and in blocked shots on three occasions. On the recently completed Oregon trip, Fey averaged 25.5 minutes, 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot .696 (16-23) from the field. Last year vs. the Washington schools, Fey, from Olympia, WA, averaged 11.0 points and shot .833 (10-12) from the field.In 19 minutes vs. Washington State, Fey had 7 points, one rebound, one assist and blocked shot.

Josh Shipp - After 11 games, he's started the last six contests, Shipp is UCLA's No. 6 scorer (7.7), No. 2 rebounder (4.4) and is UCLA's leader in steals (1.09). Shipp has scored in double figures in four games, has led the Bruins in scoring once (season-high 18 points at Michigan State), rebounding once (season-high 12 vs. Pepperdine) and in steals on four occasions.Vs. Washington State, in a season-high 37 minutes, Shipp scored 11 points, with eight rebounds and a season-high tying three assists, with one steal.

Off the Bench - Vs. Washington State, UCLA used a total of four players off the bench -

  • Brian Morrison (season-high 29 minutes, a season-high tying 15 points, one rebound and assist and two steals/he has scored in double figures the last three games/ averaged 15.0 the last two games/ shot .476 (10-21) from three-point range the last three games).
  • Ryan Hollins (in his best effort of the season- a season-high 30 minutes, season-high 13 points, season-high tying seven rebounds and one blocked shot).
  • Lorenzo Mata (eight minutes, two points).
  • Matt McKinney (eight minutes, one rebound and assist).

    Looking Ahead - UCLA continues Pac-10 action, traveling to the Arizona schools - Jan. 13 (at Arizona State, 5:30 p.m. PT) and Jan. 15 (at No. 13 Arizona).

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