Bruins Host Temple Thursday In Second Round NIT Season Tip-Off Game

Nov. 16, 2005

UCLA Men's Basketball/Between Game Notes
Temple at No. 18/No. 19 UCLA, Second Round, NIT Season Tip-Off/Thursday, Nov. 17/Pauley Pavilion/8 p.m./TV-ESPNU, with Eric Collins and Bob Wenzel/Radio-XTRA 570, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean

UCLA Starters
F- 21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6, Sr., 13.0ppg, 4.0rpg
F- 23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 6-7, Fr., 6.0, 8.0
C-15 Ryan Hollins 7-01/2, Sr., 6.0, 6.0
G-1 Jordan Farmar 6-2, So., 18.0, 2.0
G-4 Arron Afflalo 6-5, So., 23.0, 6.0

Tonight's Game- Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (Pac-10) host John Chaney's Temple Owls (Atlantic-10) on Thursday in Pauley Pavilion in a second round NIT Season Tip-Off contest. The winner will advance to next Wednesday's (Nov. 23) semi-finals (7p.m./9p.m. ET/ESPN2) at Madison Square Garden in New York City (the third-place/Championship games are Friday, Nov. 25/4:30 p.m./7 p.m. ET/ESPN2). Both teams are 1-0, winning its first round games on Tuesday night.

UCLA 83-New Mexico State 70 - before 6,285 in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday, the Bruins, behind sophomore guard Arron Afflalo's career-high 23 points, defeated WAC opponent New Mexico State in a first round NIT Season Tip-Off encounter.

UCLA led 41-34 at halftime. The closest the Aggies would come in the second half was seven points, 50-43, with 16:00 left, on a 22-footer by Shaun Davis. But the Bruins pulled away after that and led by as many as 18 points, three times in the second half (final time, 79-61, 2:22 left, on a layin by Michael Fey).

Afflalo, who had 16 points in the first half, also finished with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Also scoring in double figures for UCLA were - sophomore point guard and Wooden Award Preseason candidate Jordan Farmar (18 points, two rebounds, game-high eight assists, one blocked shot and game-high three steals) and senior forward Cedric Bozeman (13 points, four rebounds, four assists and a career-high tying two steals/it was Bozeman's first regular season game after missing all of 2004-05 with a right knee injury that required surgery).

The Bruins shot 55.0 (33-60) from the field, 21.4 (3-14) from three-point range and 73.7 (14-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds, 21 assists and nine steals, and a game-low 12 turnovers.

NMSU shot 48.0 (24-50) from the field, 44.4 (8-18) from three-point range and 58.3 (14-24) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and 19 turnovers. The Aggies were led by Elijah Ingram's game-high 24 points.

Temple - The Owls advanced on Tuesday, beating Army 69-37 in Philadelphia. It was Hall of Fame Coach John Chaney's 500th school win (in his 24th season). The 73-year-old is now 725-297 overall (14th-place all-time with 725 career wins) in 34 years of coaching and the only Div. I coach in Philadelphia's rich college basketball history to record 500 wins at one school. The Owls held Army to 28.6 (6-21) from the field and 13.0 (3-11) from three-point range and had three players in double figures - led by 6-6 senior all-star guard Mardy Collins' 18 points. Temple, picked by Blue Ribbon to place fourth in the Atlantic 10 standings, last season was 16-14 overall, 11-5 in the league and advanced to the first round of the NIT (23rd consecutive postseason appearance). The Owls return four starters and nine lettermen from last season.

Series History - This will be Chaney's third appearance in Pauley Pavilion. The series is tied at 2-2, with Temple winning the last two contests. In 1980-81, No. 3 UCLA defeated Temple 73-49 in Tokyo, Japan; in 1985-86, UCLA beat Temple 75-59 in Pauley; in 1986-87 Temple defeated No. 11 UCLA 76-65 in Philadelphia and in 1987-88 in Pauley, No. 12 Temple beat UCLA 81-76.

Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 30-28. Last year, he led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament (for the first time since 2002) and became only the 28th coach in NCAA history to lead three schools to the NCAA Tournament -2005 UCLA, 2003 Pittsburgh ('Sweet 16'), 2002 Pittsburgh ('Sweet 16') and 1998 Northern Arizona. In his 12th year as a collegiate head coach, in 2002 Howland was the National Coach of the Year while at Pittsburgh, he is 198-127. This is his first meeting vs. Temple. With the win over NMSU, the Bruins are 3-0 in home openers under Howland.

Pauley Pavilion - in its 41st season as home to the Bruins, UCLA's win over New Mexico was the school's 550th in Pauley, against just 84 losses. This is UCLA's 87th season of college basketball and in school history, the win on Tuesday over New Mexico State was UCLA's 1,555 victory (against 702 losses).

NIT Season Tip-Off - in quarterfinal action on Wednesday, No. 1 Duke hosts Seton Hall and on Thursday, Drexel hosts Sam Houston State, No. 15 Alabama hosts No. 12 Memphis and No. 19 UCLA hosts Temple. In UCLA's NIT Season Tip Off history, the Bruins - in 1996, lost in the first round to Tulsa in Pauley (77-76, OT); in 1992, lost a semifinal game to Seton Hall 73-64 and defeated Florida State 86-83 for third-place and in 1987, lost a second round contest at New Mexico 77-66.

10 Players - Vs. New Mexico State, UCLA used 10 players - four seniors (forward Cedric Bozeman, centers Ryan Hollins/Michael Fey and guard Janou Rubin) and six underclassmen (sophomores - guards, Jordan Farmar/Arron Afflalo and center Lorenzo Mata and true freshmen - forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, guard Darren Collison and swingman Michael Roll).

Michael Fey - UCLA's 7-0 senior center, who started 27 games last season, missed five weeks of practice with a severe groin strain. He returned to practice last week and played on Tuesday vs. New Mexico State (seven points, two rebounds, in 17 minutes).

Janou Rubin - granted a sixth season by the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Staff on Nov. 14, he played two minutes vs. the Aggies.

Bruin Injuries - Still out for UCLA are sophomore starting forward Josh Shipp (right hip surgery on Sept. 28/off crutches on Oct. 26/six-seven weeks away from playing) and freshman forward Alfred Aboya (left knee surgery on Oct. 12/hopes to return to practice Nov. 28).

Saturday - UCLA will host Delaware State in Pauley Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. At the Delaware State game (Pauley Pavilion Gates 2-7-10-15), the Bruin Athletic Council , as part of its annual Food Drive (benefiting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank), will be collecting donation canned goods, packaged items, drinks (non-breakable containers) and personal hygiene products.

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