No. 11 UCLA Hosts No. 13 Washington Saturday; Bruins Lose Starter Lorenza Mata to Right Knee Injury

Jan. 13, 2006

Saturday's Game- No. 11 Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (14-2 overall/Pac-10 4-1, 1st-place) host Lorenzo Romar's No. 13 Washington Huskies (13-2 overall /Pac-10 2-2, 4th-place tie) at 1 p.m. PT in Pauley Pavilion.

Washington - on Thursday at the Sports Arena, the Huskies defeated USC 86-77, behind Brandon Roy's 23 points and 12 rebounds and Bobby Jones' 22 points and nine rebounds. UW is the national scoring leader (89.7), with four starters averaging in double figures -Roy (19.4, No. 2 in the Pac-10), Jamaal Williams (14.9), Jones (11.4) and Jon Brockman (10.1, team rebound leader/7.4). Head coach Lorenzo Romar was an assistant for the Bruins from 1992-96, including UCLA's 1995 NCAA Championship season under Jim Harrick.Series History - UCLA leads it 87-31. The teams split last season, with UCLA winning 95-86 in Pauley and UW winning 82-70 in Seattle. UCLA has beaten the Huskies in Pauley Pavilion 18 consecutive seasons (the last UW win in Pauley was 1987, 95-87).

Last Season's Games - Jan. 8 - at UCLA 95, No. 12 Washington 86 - For the second game in a row, UCLA rallied from a big deficit and remained unbeaten in Pauley Pavilion (8-0), defeating No. 12 Washington, 95-86 (opponent season high). The Bruins' 95 points was the highest single-game total since Ben Howland became UCLA's head coach and it was the Bruins' 18th consecutive win over UW in Pauley Pavilion (the Huskies last win over UCLA in Pauley was in 1987). UCLA's victory snapped Washington's nine-game winning streak.

After leading 3-0 to start the game, UCLA fell behind quickly and trailed by 21 points (30-9) with 9:26 left in the first half (also trailed by 20 points, 39-19, with 6:27 left before halftime). But in the final six minutes of the first half, the Bruins outscored Washington 23-13 (led by Jordan Farmar's eight points and Dijon Thompson's seven points) to trail by 10 (52-42) at halftime. In the first half, UW shot 67.7 from the field.Washington's biggest lead in the second half was 14 points (65-51) with 14:25 left to play. But in the next 6:30, the Bruins outscored UW 24-9 and took their first lead (since jumping out to a 3-0 advantage to start the game), 75-74, with 8:02 left to play, on a three-pointer by Brian Morrison. During that run, the Bruins were led by eight points from Thompson and Morrison.

The lead changed six times in the next 6:30. UCLA took the lead for good at 2:35 remaining, on an 18-foot jumper by Morrison, giving UCLA an 87-85 advantage. In the final 2:35, the Bruins outscored Washington 8-1, connecting on four-of-six free throws and led by three points each from Morrison and Thompson.In the final 26:57 of the contest, UCLA outscored UW 80-50.

The Bruins had five players in double figures, led by Thompson's then-career-high tying and game-high 29 points (11-17, 2-3, 5-9/19 in the second half) and game-high nine rebounds, along with Morrison's season-high 19 points (6-8, 4-5, 3-4/all 19 points in the second half).

UCLA (9-3, 3-1) shot .524 (33-63/.655, 19-29 in the second half) from the field, .526 (10-19/.667, 6-9 in the second half) and .613 (19-31) from the foul line, with a game-high 34 rebounds, 18 assists and game-low 11 turnovers.

UW (13-2, 3-1) shot an opponent season-high .540 (34-63/.677, 21-31 in the first half) from the field, .421 (8-19/.538, 7-13 in the first half) from three-point range and .667 (10-15) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 13 assists and 17 turnovers. The Huskies were led by Nate Robinson's 21 points.Feb. 5 - at No. 13 Washington 82, UCLA 70 - Washington grabbed an opponent season-high 22 offensive rebounds (getting 16 second chance points) and forced 23 UCLA turnovers (leading to 31 Husky points) to defeat the Bruins 82-70 before 10,000 at Bank of American Arena in Seattle. It was Washington's 20th consecutive home victory, including a school-record 14 straight Pac-10 home victories (UW's last conference home loss was to UCLA, 86-84(OT) on Jan. 10, 2004).

In the first half, with 4:10 left, Washington led by 10 points (34-24), but the Bruins closed the first half with an 8-2 run and trailed 36-32 at halftime.

In the second half, Washington led by as many as 15 points (62-47, 10:34 left to play), but in the next three minutes, UCLA outscored the Huskies 11-0 and pulled to within four points (62-58, 7:24) on two free throws by Brian Morrison. But that's the closest the Bruins would get for the remainder of the contest.The Bruins had two players score 20 or more points - Dijon Thompson, a game-high 22 points and a team-high six rebounds, and Josh Shipp, who scored a career-high 20 points.

UCLA (12-7, 6-5) shot .481 (25-52) from the field, .273 (3-11) from three-point range and .810 (17-21) from the foul line, with 34 rebounds, 15 assists and a season-high tying 23 turnovers.Washington (19-3, 9-2) shot .378 (28-74) from the field, .273 (6-22) from three-point range and .741 (20-27) from the foul line, with an opponent and game-high 43 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 turnovers. The Huskies were led by Brandon Roy's 20 points and game-high 13 rebounds.

Jan. 12 - at No. 11 UCLA 63, Washington State 61 - before 9,550 at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins used a solid first half performance, to withstand a WSU second-half rally, to defeat the Cougars 63-61. UCLA starting center Lorenzo Mata injured his right knee late in the game (he will miss at least the next six-to-eight weeks with a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture).

UCLA led 31-17 (tied an opponent season-low) at halftime and in the second half, the Bruins had a 17-point lead with 7:30 remaining (54-37, on a three-pointer by Michael Roll). But in the next six minutes, the Cougars outscored UCLA 19-4 and with 1:19 left to play, WSU trailed by two points (58-56, on a layin by Robbie Cowgill).

With :19 left, UCLA went up by three points (62-59), on a layup by Darren Collison. With :13 remaining, WSU's Josh Akognon hit two free throws, to pull WSU to within one point (62-61). With :07 left, Arron Afflalo connected on the first of two free throws, giving UCLA a 63-61 advantage. The Cougars did get off a final shot, but Kyle Weaver missed a layup and Collison got the rebound to preserve the Bruin victory.

The Bruins had three players in double figures -Afflalo's 18 points (seventh consecutive game leading UCLA in scoring), 12 points and a game-high seven assists by Jordan Farmar and Roll's season-high 10 points, in his first game as a starter. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute led the Bruins with a game-high nine rebounds (he's led the Bruins in rebounding in 15 of 16 games).

UCLA (14-2, 4-1) shot .500 (25-50, ninth time this season .500 or better from the field, Bruins are 9-0) from the field, .273 (6-22) from three-point range and a season-low .438 (7-16) from the foul line, with a game-high 33 rebounds (UCLA is 12-0 when outrebounding the opponent), 18 assists, 12 turnovers, five blocked shots and four steals.

WSU (9-4, 2-2) shot .434 (23-53, including .320 in the first half) from the field, .583 (7-12) from three-point range and .615 (8-13) from the foul line, with 27 rebounds, 13 assists, 11 turnovers, three blocked shots and four steals. The Cougars were led by Josh Akognon's 25 points, all in the second half (7-11, 6-8, 5-5).

Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 43-30 (.589). 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 (it's his 25th season in college basketball as an assistant and head coach), in 2002 Howland was the National Coach of the Year while at Pittsburgh, he is 211-129 (.621/UCLA's 56-37 win over Delaware State on Nov. 19 in Pauley was Howland's 200th career win). Howland is 3-2 vs. Washington.

Best Start Since - Start the Season - UCLA's 14-2 start (three-game winning streak/UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by the home loss to California) is the best under Howland (in his third season) - last year, 6-1, lost next game at Michigan State; 2003-04 - started 3-1, lost next game to UC Santa Barbara in Pauley Pavilion. It's the best start since 1994-95 under Jim Harrick - UCLA's 11th NCAA title team, started 12-1 (losing at Oregon on Jan. 5), then lost 14th game (12-2) to California in Pauley (Jan. 28, 100-93, game was later forfeited by California) - UCLA would not lose another game, winning the NCAA Championship and finishing with a 32 (school record for wins)-1 overall mark.In 1993-94, under Harrick, UCLA started 14-0 (and ranked No. 1 in the nation) before losing game No. 15 to California in Oakland (85-70, Jan. 30). The Bruins won the next game vs. USC in Pauley (15-1), then lost game No. 17 at Notre Dame (79-63, Feb. 5). The team would finish 21-7 overall, tied for second in the Pac-10 and lose in the first round of the NCAA to Tulsa.

-Lorenzo Mata - Injured his right knee late in the game vs. Washington State (an MRI revealed a nondisplaced right tibial plateau fracture-he will be out six-to-eight weeks, but once the fracture is healed, Mata is expected to resume full activity). He had started the Bruins' last six games at center. For the season, in 12 games (eight starts), he averaged 18.2 minutes, 4.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, led the team in blocked shots (17) and shot .513 from the field.
-Josh Shipp - had right hip surgery on Sept. 28 and missed the Bruins' first 11 games. Came back to play in UCLA's first four Pac-10 contests (11.3ppg/4.8rpg), but on Tuesday announced that because of continued and increasing pain and discomfort in the right hip, he would not play for the rest of the season. Once the 2005-06 season is completed, UCLA will petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver, hoping to get Shipp another year of eligibility.
-Jordan Farmar - resprained his right ankle vs. Stanford in the second half (played only four minutes), then came back to start and play 36 minutes vs. California. He's started the last 10 games (originally sprained his right ankle vs. Temple and missed the Delware State and Albany games).
-Ryan Wright - sprained his right ankle in the first half vs. Stanford, but came back to play (22 minutes) and has appeared in every Pac-10 game.
-Ryan Hollins - Strained his groin in warm-ups for the Sacramento State game and has missed the last six games. He's been cleared to play (for minimum minutes) vs. Washington.
-Michael Fey - On Dec. 1, suffered a right ankle sprain in practice - he has not played in UCLA's first five Pac-10 contests and will not play vs. Washington.
-Cedric Bozeman - on Dec. 27 (before the Stanford game), injured his left shoulder (an MRI revealed a cartilage tear). Bozeman will rest and rehab for 3-4 weeks (and attempt to come back and play after that time period).
-Alfred Aboya - Has had two arthroscopic procedures on his knees (Oct. 11, left/July 11, right). He missed the first six games, but has played in the last 10.

Bruin Starters
Arron Afflalo - a early-season All-American, Afflalo is UCLA's leading scorer (18.9/third in the Pac-10), tops in minutes (34.9), is averaging 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists, and shooting .531 from the field, .396 from three-point range and .808 from the foul line. Vs. WSU, he led the Bruins with 18 points (seventh consecutive game has led the Bruins in scoring/his free throw with :07 left gave the Bruins a 63-61 lead), seven rebounds, a season-high tying four assists and one blocked shot in 38 minutes. He's led the Bruins in scoring 12 (of 16) games this season, including the last seven contests (18 Washington State, 21 Arizona State, 22 Arizona, 19 California, career-high tying 23 Stanford/22 Sacramento State/13 Wagner). He's scored 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 23 vs. Stanford and New Mexico State. He's the only Bruin to start every game and score in double figures in every game. His career three-point field goal percentage (.391, 79-202) is No. 10 in school history.

Jordan Farmar - A preseason Wooden Award and Naismith candidate, Farmar is the Pac-10 assist leader (5.71) and No. 2 on the team in minutes (30.8) and points (13.4). He's second on the team in total steals (16). Vs. Washington State, he played 28 minutes, with 12 points, two rebounds, a game-high seven assists, and one steal. He's been playing with a sprained right ankle suffered in the second half (played only four minutes) of the Stanford game (originally sprained vs. Temple, has missed two games this season because of the injury). He has scored in double figures nine times, has three games of 21 or more points, including a career-high 28 vs. Memphis in the NIT Season Tipoff, has led the Bruins in scoring three times, including consecutive wins over Nevada (24) at the Wooden Classic and at Michigan (21) and in assists on 11 occasions, including the last four games.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - A starter in all 16 games at forward, Mbah a Moute is UCLA's leading rebounder (8.7, No. 2 in the Pac-10/has led the Bruins in rebounding in 15 of 16 games) and averaging 7.8 points. He is first on the team in total steals (18) and second in blocked shots (14). His streak of leading the Bruins in rebounding (first 12 games - the longest Bruin streak since 1977-78, when David Greenwood led UCLA in rebounding in the last 13 regular season games) was snapped when he had three rebounds vs. Cal. Vs. Washington State, led the Bruins with a game-high nine rebounds (third game in a row), nine points, two assists and blocks and one steal in 32 minutes. He has four double/doubles - consecutive double/doubles vs. Stanford (12/12)/Sacramento State (season-high 13/10) and Albany (season-high13/season-high13)/Coppin State (11/10) - the last UCLA freshman to have consecutive double/doubles was JaRon Rush in 1998-99/final two games that season, 16/10 at Arizona, 10/13 vs. Detroit Mercy (NCAA).

Michael Roll - Started his first game vs. WSU (in place of the injured Josh Shipp), getting a season-high 10 points and a season-high tying two assists, in a season-best 32 minutes. He's appeared in 15 games, averaging 2.9 points and 1.0 assists and shooting .750 from the foul line.

Ryan Wright - Will start at center for the injured Lorenzo Mata. He's appeared in 12 games (with three starts) and is averaging 3.4 points and 1.8 rebounds, and leads the team in FG% (.731, 19-26). Vs. WSU, played 10 minutes, with two points and one rebound.

Off the Bench - Vs. Washington State - the Bruins used four players off the bench-
-Darren Collison -in 16 minutes vs. WSU, had seven points, with four rebounds, two assists and just one turnover. With :19 left to play, his coast-to-coast layup gave the Bruins a 62-59 lead and at the end of the game, his rebound of Washington State's final missed shot secured the win for the Bruins. Collison, who has started two games, is averaging 20.3 minutes, 5.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and shooting .833 from the foul line.
-Alfred Aboya - played nine minutes with two points, two rebounds and a season-high tying two assists. Aboya, who missed the first six games following (both) knee surgeries, has appeared in the last 10 games, averaging 10.6 minutes, 3.1 points and 1.4 rebounds, and shooting .714 from the field, including .889 (8-9) in Pac-10 games.
-Janou Rubin- in a season-high tying six minutes, had one assist. Rubin, who missed the Arizona games with the flu, has appeared in six games, averaging 3.5 minutes.

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