UCLA Men's Basketball/Between Game Notes

Dec. 1, 2005

Bruins Host MEAC Opponent Coppin State on Sunday in Pauley Pavilion

NO. 16 UCLA VS. COPPIN STATE - Sunday, Dec. 4/Pauley Pavilion/1 p.m.PT/TV-none/Radio-XTRA 570, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean.
NEXT GAME- Saturday, Dec. 10 - Wooden Classic at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim/ Noon - No. 18 Washington vs. New Mexico/2:30 p.m. - No. 16 UCLA vs. No. 20 Nevada (TV-KCAL/Radio-XTRA 570, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean

Tentative UCLA Starters
F- 21 Cedric Bozeman 6-6, Sr., 12.7ppg, 4.5 rpg
F- 23 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 6-7, Fr., 8.0, 8.7
C-14 Lorenzo Mata 6-8, So., 3.0, 3.5
G-2 Darren Collison 6-0, Fr., 4.2, 2.0
G-4 Arron Afflalo 6-5, So., 17.8, 4.8

Sunday's Game- No. 16 (AP)/No. 17 (USA Today/ESPN) Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (5-1 overall/Pac-10 0-0) host Ron 'Fang' Mitchell's Coppin State Eagles (0-5 overall /MEAC 0-0). It's the second MEAC school the Bruins will face this season (on Nov. 19 in Pauley, UCLA defeated Delaware State 56-37).

Coppin State - located in Baltimore, MD, the Eagles are 0-5 and started the season on the road on Nov. 13 and do not have a home game until Jan. 14 (conference foe Norfolk State/the Eagles' first league contest is Jan. 4 at Delaware State), playing at college basketball powers - at Clemson (Clemson 102-71, Nov. 21), at Xavier (X 81-56, Nov. 29), at No. 16 UCLA (Dec. 4), at No. 5 Oklahoma (Dec. 10), at No. 12 Illinois (Dec. 18), at Pittsburgh (Dec. 21), at Michigan (Dec. 28) and at No. 13 Michigan State (Dec. 31). Coppin State opened the season at the BCA Invitational at Laramie, WY (losing three games to Charlotte 82-65/Nov. 13, Lehigh 65-64/Nov. 14 and Alabama State 68-67/Nov. 15). The Eagles have two players in double figures - 6-4 sophomore forward Darryl Proctor (13.8/leading rebounder 6.0) and 5-9 sophomore guard Darryl Roberts (12.6). Blue Ribbon picks Coppin State to place seventh in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Last year, the Eagles were 14-15 overall and placed third in the MEAC (13-5/lost in MEAC semifinals). Mitchell, also the school's athletic director, is in his 20th year as head coach, with a school and career mark of 318-248. It's the first meeting between the two schools.

Nov. 29 - at No. 16 UCLA 73, Albany 65 - before 6,194 at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins led by as many as 19 points in the first half and withstood an Albany second half rally to defeat the Great Danes 73-65.

UCLA led 38-33 at halftime, but with 13:52 left, Albany took a 46-45 lead. And with 1:12 remaining, the Great Danes were within five points of UCLA's 70-65 advantage. The Bruins sealed the victory on a followup by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (0:33, 72-65) and one of two free throws by Arron Afflalo (0:15, 73-65).

UCLA had four players in double figures - led by Afflalo's 22 points (the fourth time this season he's led UCLA in scoring), Cedric Bozeman's season-high 16 points and Mbah a Moute's season-best 13 points and 13 rebounds (first season double-double).

The Bruins shot .480 (24-50) from the field, .476 (10-21) from three-point range and a season-low .652 (15-23) from the foul line, with 36 rebounds, 14 assists, a game-high 17 turnovers, a season-high six blocked shots and six steals.

Albany shot .361 (22-61) from the field, .391 (9-23) from three-point range and an opponent season-high .923 (12-13) from the foul line, with 36 rebounds (including 18 offensive boards), 11 assists, one blocked shot and three steals. The Great Danes were led by Jon Iati's game-high 23 points (including 6-10 from three-point range).

Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 34-29. 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 202-128 (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. Coppin State.

UCLA Ranked No. 16 - This week, the Bruins are No. 16 (AP) and No. 17 (USA Today/ESPN). The week of the NIT Season Tip-Off Final Four in New York City, the Bruins were No. 16 in both polls (UCLA's highest ranking since the start of the 2002-03 season/No. 14). UCLA was preseason rated No. 19 by AP and tied for No. 18 by USA Today/ESPN (it was the Bruins' first preseason rating since 2002-03/No. 14).

Alfred Aboya - Aboya, who has had both knees scoped (Oct. 12/left; July 11/right) has been cleared to practice (50 minutes a session) and may play Sunday vs. Coppin State.

Bruin Starters
Jordan Farmar - A preseason Wooden Award and Naismith candidate, Farmar did not play in the Albany contest because of a sprained right ankle. On Monday, an MRI showed a possible stress fracture of his right foot, but another MRI on Tuesday ruled out the injury. He's in a walking boot and is 'day-to-day'. He is not scheduled to play on Sunday vs. Coppin State but should return to practice early next week. He shook off the affects of the sprained right ankle (suffered at the end of the Temple game/missing the Delaware State contest) in New York City 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. Vs. Drexel, his free throw with 00.8 seconds left to play was the winning margin (57-56) for UCLA. He's UCLA's second-leading scorer 14.0 and assist leader (7.0).

Arron Afflalo - is UCLA's leading scorer (17.8), who is tops in minutes (35.7) and foul shooting (among starters, .808, 21-26) and No. 2 in rebounding (4.8). He's led the Bruins in scoring four games this season - 22 (Albany), 18 (Drexel), 18 (Temple) and a career-high 23 (New Mexico State). Vs. Albany, led UCLA with 22 points, a season-high seven rebounds, one assist, a season-high tying two steals and just two turnovers in 35 minutes. His career career three-point field goal percentage (.401, 57-142) is No. 8 in school history).

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 six games at forward (he was UCLA's starting point guard in his first three years), Bozeman is UCLA's No. 3 scorer (12.7) and is shooting .549 (28-51) from the field, a team-leading .571 (8-14) from three-point range and .750 (12-16) from the foul line, with a 4.5 rebound average (No. 3 on the team) and a 1.7 assist and 1.2 steals average. He's scored in double figures in all six games and is one of three players to start every game (with Arron Afflalo and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute). Vs. Albany, Bozeman had a season-high 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in a season-high tying 34 minutes. In six games, Bozeman has played every position (except center) and guarded every position (except center).

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - A starter in all six games at forward, Mbah a Moute is UCLA's leading rebounder (8.7) and averaging 8.0 points, with a team-high 1.3 steals average. Vs. Albany, had a season-high in points (13) and rebounds (13/first season double-double), with one assist and steal and just one turnover in 31 minutes. He's been UCLA's leading rebounder in all six games (tied with Lorenzo Mata in the Drexel game, each with eight).

Lorenzo Mata - The 6-8 sophomore center started for the first time this season vs. Albany, playing 20 minutes, with two rebounds and a career-high tying two blocked shots. Mata earned the starting nod following his performance in UCLA's 57-56 victory over Drexel for third-place at the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City. In that contest, he played a career-high tying 22 minutes off the bench, with a career-high tying eight points, a season-high eight rebounds (including a career-best five offensive rebounds) with a career-high two steals and two blocked shots. He's averaging 15.8 minutes, 3.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and shooting .800 (4-5) from the field.

Darren Collison - Vs. Albany, the true freshman started for the second time this season (for the injured Jordan Farmar/ Collison also started the Delaware State contest). Vs. Albany, he had a season-best 10 points, two rebounds, a season-high tying three assists and a season-best two steals. He's averaging 20.0 minutes, 4.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals and shooting a team-high 1.000 (4-4) from the foul line.

Off the Bench - Vs. Albany- the Bruins used five players off the bench-- Michael Roll - In a season-best 26 minutes, Roll had one rebound, a season-high five assists and a season-high tying one steal.
-Ryan Hollins - who started UCLA's first five games at center, vs. Albany played 13 minutes, with seven points, one rebound, one assist and a season-high tying three blocked shots. His 79 career blocks are No. 9 on the Bruin chart (No. 8, Jerome Moiso, 1999-2000).
-Michael Fey - slowed this season with groin and left shoulder injuries, Fey vs. Albany played seven minutes, with two points and rebounds, and 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.
-Ryan Wright - In a season-high four minutes, scored a season-best two points -Janou Rubin - Played two minutes, with a season-high tying one rebound.

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