UCLA Men's Basketball/Between Game Notes

Nov. 24, 2005

UCLA Men's Basketball/Between Game Notes

Bruins Face Drexel in NIT Season Tip-Off Third-Place Game on Friday at New York City's Madison Square Garden
NO. 16 UCLA VS. DREXEL - Friday, Nov. 25/Madison Square Garden/4:30 p.m.ET-1:30p.m.PT/TV-ESPN 2, with Dan Shulman and Dick
Vitale/Radio-XTRA 570, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean. The Championship game will feature No. 1 Duke vs. No. 11 Memphis, starting at 7 p.m.ET-4p.m.PT (ESPN 2).

UCLA StartersF- 21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6, Sr., 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg
F- 23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 6-7, Fr., 6.5, 7.8
C-15 Ryan Hollins 7-01/2, Sr., 6.0, 5.0
G-1 Jordan Farmar 6-2, So., 16.7, 4.0
G-4 Arron Afflalo 6-5, So., 16.8, 5.0

Friday's Game- No. 16 Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (Pac-10/3-1) play James 'Bruiser' Flint's Drexel Dragons (Colonial Athletic Association/3-1) in Friday's NIT Season Tip-Off third-place game at Madison Square Garden. This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Drexel - On Thursday night at The Garden, Drexel stayed with No. 1 Duke throughout most of the game, before falling 78-68. The Dragons had three players in double figures, led by junior guard Dominick Mejia's 25 points. By advancing to New York City, the Dragons won at Princeton (54-41) and defeated Sam Houston State 72-61 in Philadelphia. Entering the Duke contest, the Dragons' had four players scoring in double figures, led by Mejia (16.7). Chaz Crawford, 6-10 junior center, was seventh last season in the nation in blocked shots (he had three vs. Duke) and led the Dragons in rebounding (6.8/he had a game-high tying nine rebounds vs. Duke). Junior point guard Bashir Mason last season was a CAA All-Defensive team selection.

UCLA's 2005 NIT Season Tip-Off Game SummariesNov. 23 - No. 11 Memphis 88, No. 16 UCLA 80 - Before 9,766 at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Memphis withstood a torrid UCLA second half rally and a career-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half, by Bruin sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar, to beat UCLA 88-80. The Bruins trailed throughout the first half - Memphis' biggest lead was 48-29 (19 points), with 1:39 left in the first half - and the Tigers led 51-34 (17 points at halftime). In the second half, Memphis opened a 20 point advantage (54-34, 18:56 remaining). Farmar's second half scoring helped spark the Bruins'rally. From the 6:14 mark to 1:20 left to play, Farmar scored all of UCLA's 13 points (two, two-pointers; two, three-pointers; 3-4 foul shots) and his three-pointer with 1:20 left to play, pulled the Bruins to within seven points (80-73). With 42 seconds left, Arron Afflalo's three-pointer cut the Memphis advantage to just six points (82-76). In the final seconds, UCLA would again get within six points, twice - final time, on a Farmar three-pointer with six seconds left (86-80) - but Memphis' Rodney Carney sank two free throws with four seconds remaining to seal the Tigers' 88-80 victory. The Bruins shot 38.8 (26-67) from the field, 38.9 (7-18) from three-point range and 67.7 (21-31) from the foul line, with 37 rebounds (first time this season the Bruins were out-rebounded and outshot from the field), 12 assists, 14 turnovers, season-high five blocked shots and seven steals. Memphis shot an opponent season-high 53.4 (31-58/61.3 in the first half), opponent season-high 47.1 (8-17) from three-point range and 64.3 (18-28) from the foul line, with an opponent season and game-high 40 rebounds and opponent-best 12 assists, opponent season-high tying 19 turnovers, opponent season-best five blocked shots and opponent season-high tying six steals.

Nov. 18 - at No. 18 UCLA 54, Temple 47 - Before 7,791 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA withstood a second-half Temple rally and defeated the Owls 54-47 in a second round NIT Season Tip-Off game. The Bruins now advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off Final Four, held next week in New York City. The Bruins took command midway through the first half and opened up a double-digit lead with 4:50 to play. UCLA's biggest first half lead was the halftime score (15 points, 33-18, on a three-pointer by Arron Afflalo). In the second half, Temple outscored UCLA 26-14 in the first 15 minutes and pulled to within three points, 47-44 (5:46 left) on two free throws by Mardy Collins. But Bruin senior Ryan Hollins stopped the Owl surge, by scoring four points (on two free throws and a slam dunk) to give UCLA a 51-44 advantage with 3:12 left to play. The closest Temple would get the rest of the game was six points and with eight seconds left to play, the Bruins led by nine (54-45, on a Hollins free throw). UCLA had two players in double figures, led by Afflalo's 18 points and Cedric Bozeman's 11 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had eight points and a season-best 10 rebounds. The Bruins did lose two players to injury - sophomore starting point guard Jordan Farmar (sprained right ankle) and senior center Michael Fey (sprained left shoulder) and both players will miss the Delaware State contest.The Bruins shot a season-low 37.0 (17-46) from the field, 28.0 (7-25) from three-point range and a season-high 81.3 (13-16) from the foul line, with a game and season-high 41 rebounds, 10 assists, 12 turnovers, two blocked shots and four steals.Temple shot an opponent season-low 31.5 (17-54) from the field, an opponent season-low 28.6 (6-21) from three-point range and 58.3 (7-12) from the foul line, with 29 rebounds, eight assists, an opponent season low five turnovers, 0 blocked shots and six steals. The Owls were led by Collins' 15 points.

Nov. 15- UCLA 83-New Mexico State 70 - before 6,285 in Pauley Pavilion, 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, a season-low 21.4 (3-14) from three-point range and 73.7 (14-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds, season-high 21 assists, 12 turnovers, two blocked shots and a season-high nine steals. 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, opponent season-high 19 turnovers, 0 blocked shots and three steals. The Aggies were led by Elijah Ingram's game-high 24 points.

UCLA NIT Season Tip-Off History - This will be UCLA's second appearance in the third-place game. In 1992, UCLA lost a semifinal game to Seton Hall (73-64) and defeated Florida State (86-83) for third-place. UCLA's other appearances in what was known as the Preseason NIT - 1966-lost in first round to Tulsa in Pauley Pavilion (77-76 OT); 1987- lost a second round contest at New Mexico (77-66).

Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 32-29. 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 200-128 (UCLA's 56-37 win over Delaware State on Nov. 19 in Pauley was Howland's 200th career win). This is his first meeting vs. Drexel.

UCLA Ranked No. 16 - In this week's AP and USA Today rankings, UCLA is No. 16 in the nation (in the preseason, the Bruins were No. 19 (AP) and No. 18 (USA Today). The No. 16 ranking is UCLA's highest since the start of the 2002-03 season when the Bruins were No. 14.

Thanksgiving Day - The NIT Season Tip-Off treated the four teams to an AM Parade Viewing and Brunch on the ninth floor of the Marriott Marquis and a PM Thanksgiving dinner at the Marriott. The Bruins had a short afternoon workout at the New York Athletic Club.

Bruin StartersJordan Farmar - A preseason Wooden Award and Naismith candidate, Farmar shook off the affects of a sprained right ankle (suffered at the end of the Temple game/missing the Delaware State contest) and vs. Memphis State responded with a career-high 28 points (9-20, 4 (career-high tying)-9 (career-high), 6-8), including 23 in the second half (Farmar's previous best was 27 vs. Arizona, 2/12/05). At one point in the second half, Farmar scored 13 consecutive points. Vs. the Tigers, he played a season-best 39 minutes, with seven assists and two steals. Farmar is the team's No. 2 scorer (16.7) and assist leader (20).

Arron Afflalo - is UCLA's leading scorer (16.8), who is tops in minutes (35.5) and foul shooting (.933, 14-15). Vs. Memphis, Afflalo in 35 minutes had 14 points, a season-high tying six rebounds and one assist. He led the Bruins in scoring in their first two games - career-high 23 points vs. New Mexico State and 18 points vs. Temple,

Cedric Bozeman - Has returned to the Bruins' starting lineup after missing all of last season with a right knee injury that required surgery. A starter in all four games at forward, Bozeman is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (12.5) and is shooting .514 from the field, .500 from three-point range and .714 from the foul line, with a 5.3 rebound average (No. 2 on the team) and he's the team leader in steals (6). Vs. Memphis, Bozeman played 32 minutes, with 11 points, five rebounds and one steal. In four games, Bozeman has played every position (except center) and guarded every position (except center).

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - A starter in all four games at forward, Mbah a Moute is UCLA's leading rebounder (7.8) and averaging 6.5 points. Vs. Memphis, he played 29 minutes, with four points, a team-high seven rebounds, with one assist and blocked shot and a season-best two steals. He had a season and game-high 10 rebounds (with eight points) vs. Temple and a game-high eight rebounds vs. New Mexico State.

Ryan Hollins - The 7-01/2 senior center has started every game for the Bruins at center, averaging 20.8 minutes, 6.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and leads the team in blocked shots (4). Vs. Memphis - Hollins in 19 minutes had a season-best eight points, four rebounds and a season-high three blocked shots. He now has 76 blocked shots in his career, tying him for No. 10 on the Bruin career list with David Greenwood (76, 1976-79/ No. 9 Jerome Moiso, 81, 1999-2000).

Off the Bench - Vs. Memphis- the Bruins used three players from the bench- -Michael Fey - slowed this season with groin and left shoulder injuries, Fey vs. Memphis played a season-high 21 minutes, with a season-best 13 points, a season-high four rebounds, with a season-high one blocked shot. Fey, who started 27 games last season for the Bruins, sprained his left shoulder vs. Temple and missed the Delaware State game. -Darren Collison - the freshman point guard played 17 minutes, with two points, one rebound, three assists and one steal. Collison started the Delaware State game when Farmar was sideline with a right ankle sprain. -Michael Roll - played eight minutes, with one steal.

Looking Ahead - the Bruins return home Saturday morning and will host two home games in Pauley Pavilion the following week. On Tuesday (Nov. 29), UCLA will play Albany at 7:30 p.m. (TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA 570) and on Sunday (Dec. 4), the Bruins face Coppin State at 1 p.m. (TV-none/Radio-XTRA 570).

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