No. 17 UCLA Plays at Oregon State Saturday

Jan. 27, 2006

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Saturday's Game- No. 17 Ben Howland's UCLA Bruins (16-4 overall/Pac-10 6-2, 1st-place) play at Jay John's Oregon State Beavers (10-9 overall /Pac-10 3-5, 8th-place) at 1 p.m. PT at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

Oregon State - On Thursday, the Beavers were beaten at home by USC, 72-70 (OT), when Nick Young's 17-foot jumper with 0.8 seconds left in overtime sealed the victory for the Trojans. OSU had four players in double figures, led by Nick DeWitz's 16 points and seven rebounds and Chris Stephens' 16 points. The Beavers have lost three of their last four games (won at Washington State 59-50 on Jan. 21), including two overtime losses, to Arizona State 65-63(OT) in Corvallis on Jan. 14 and to the Trojans. OSU is 5-2 at home, including a 1-2 league home mark. The Beavers are without senior guard Lamar Hurd, out with a groin strain. OSU has three players averaging in double figures - Stephens (14.5), DeWitz (11.8) and Sasa Cuic (11.2).

Series History - UCLA leads it 76-33. Last year, OSU won two of three games, winning at Corvallis 85-80 and at the Pac-10 Tournament, 79-72. The Bruins won in Pauley Pavilion 69-61. UCLA's last victory in Corvallis was 2003 (69-66).

Last Year's Games - Dec. 31, at Oregon State 85, UCLA 80 - Oregon State's Chris Stephens made five of six free throws down the stretch to seal the Beavers' 85-80 victory over UCLA before 9,042 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. It was UCLA's first Pac-10 opening loss since 2000.

The Bruins led 42-37 at halftime, but to start the second half (in the first eight minutes), OSU outscored the Bruins 22-7 to take a 59-49 lead with 12:14 left to play. With 10:57 left, OSU leading scorer Sasa Cuic fouled out (Dijon Thompson made both technical foul shots/Michael Fey hit one of two free throws (on the foul), and the Bruins trailed 61-54 with 10:57 remaining). Although Oregon State increased its lead to 14 (71-57, 7:33 left), the Bruins cut the Beaver advantage to three points on four occasions, the final time with five seconds remaining, on a three-pointer by Josh Shipp (83-80). Stephens then made two free throws with two seconds left to seal the Beaver win.

UCLA was led by four players in double figures - a career and game-high 23 points, with a team-high tying seven rebounds from Michael Fey; 18 points and six rebounds by Dijon Thompson; 12 points and a game-high tying six assists from Jordan Farmar and 11 points off the bench by Brian Morrison.

The Bruins (6-3, 0-1) shot .476 (30-63) from the field, .364 (8-22) from three-point range and .632 (12-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 43 rebounds, 19 assists and a game-high 19 turnovers.OSU (9-3, 1-0) shot .475 (28-59) from the field, an opponent-season high .625 (10-16) from three-point range and .731 (19-26) from the foul line, with 27 rebounds, 19 assists and 10 turnovers. The Beavers were led by David Lucas' 21 points and J. S. Nash's 20 points (5-6, 5-5, 5-6).

Mar. 3 - at UCLA 69, Oregon State 61 - Trailing 61-59 with three minutes remaining, UCLA scored the final 10 points of the contest to record a 69-61 victory over Oregon State before 10,947 at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruin victory gave them a share of third place in the Pac-10 with one regular-season game remaining.

The Bruins trailed the Beavers, 31-28 at halftime and trailed by five (43-38) with 13:25 remaining. A 7-0 Bruin run (a three-pointer by Jordan Farmar and two free throws each by Farmar and Arron Afflalo) gave the Bruins a two-point lead. The Bruins led by three (56-53) on a Ryan Hollins follow shot, but with 4:17 remaining, OSU tied the game at 57 on a basket by David Lucas.

OSU took a 61-59 lead with 3:02 remaining, but the Bruins kep the Beavers from scoring for the remainder of the evening. Farmar tied the game with two free throws with 2:35 remaining. Afflalo then took a Farmar pass on the wing and drained a three-pointer with 1:42 remaining to give the Bruins the lead for good (64-61). Dijon Thompson hit two free throws with 51 seconds remaining and added another with 21 seconds left. Farmar, who also had two big rebounds down the stretch, added two free throws with nine seconds remaining to give the Bruins a 10-0 run to end the game.

Jordan Farmar, playing one of his best all-around games, led the Bruins with 23 points (7-11, 1-3, 8-8). He also had a game-high seven assists, tied his career high with seven rebounds, made two steals and had just two turnovers, despite constant pressure in 36 minutes. Dijon Thompson added 18 points, four rebounds and three steals, while Arron Afflalo contributed 12 points, a career high-tying nine rebounds and three assists. Ryan Hollins came off the bench and contributed nine points and six rebounds.

The Bruins (17-9, 10-7) shot .367 (22-60) from the field, .217 (5-23) from three-point range and .800 (20-25) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 14 assists, eight steals and just eight turnovers.

OSU (16-12, 8-9) shot .440 (22-50) from the field, .308 (4-13) from three-point range and an opponent season-high .929 (13-14) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 13 assists, one steal and 16 turnovers. The Beavers were led by David Lucas' 24 points and J.S. Nash's 11 rebounds and seven assists.

March 10 - Oregon State 79, UCLA 72 - In the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament before 14,014 at The Staples Center, UCLA was not able to overcome a 22-point Oregon State first half lead as the Beavers defeated UCLA 79-72. Oregon State won two of three games from the Bruins in 2005.

UCLA's only lead of the game was at 2-0 (18:50) on a layin by Michael Fey. With 1:28 left in the first half, the Beavers had built a 22-point lead (45-23), on a layin by Chris Stephens. A 7-0 Bruin run to end the first half, closed the halftime gap to OSU 45-UCLA 30.

Following Oregon State's 22-point lead (coming into the game, the Bruins had four double-digit comeback victories during the 2005 Pac-10 season), UCLA outscored the Beavers 28-10 (21-10 in the second half), to pull within four points (55-51, 9:28 left to play), on layin by Josh Shipp. With nine minutes remaining, the Bruins again came within four points (57-53), on a layin by Arron Afflalo. But that was the closest UCLA would get. With 6:17 left, OSU led by 11 points (65-54), by nine (68-59) with 3:35 remaining, by 11 (74-63) with 46 seconds remaining and by 10 (78-68) with 14 seconds left to play.

The Bruins had four players in double figures, led by Dijon Thompson's game-high 21 points (10th time this season scoring 21 or more points), along with - Jordan Farmar's 16 points and a game-high tying five assists, Josh Shipp's 13 points and game-high 11 rebounds (second season double-double) and Arron Afflalo's 10 points and eight rebounds.

UCLA (18-10, 11-7) shot .373 (25-67) from the field, .259 (7-27) from three-point range and .833 (15-18) from the foul line, with a game-high 39 rebounds, 11 assists and 18 turnovers.

OSU (17-13, 8-10) shot .490 (25-51, including .593 (16-27) in the first half) from the field, .438 (7-16, including .545 (6-11) in the first half) from three-point range and .786 (22-28, including .875 (7-8) in the first half), with 35 rebounds, 14 assists and a game-high 19 turnovers. The Beavers had five players in double figures, led by Chris Stephens' 17 points.

Jan. 26 - No. 17 UCLA 56, at Oregon 49 - before 9,087 at McArthur Court, UCLA held Oregon scoreless in the final 1:14 and connected on five of six free throws, including four by Arron Afflalo, in the final 1:26, to defeat the Ducks 56-49. It was Oregon's first conference loss at home. It was the Ducks' lowest scoring output since 1998-99 (losing at Oregon State 48-45) and Oregon's lowest home scoring total since 1992-93 (losing to Oregon State 54-48).

With 4:20 left to play, the score was tied 45-45 (UCLA outscored Oregon 11-4 in the final 4:20). A steal and layup by Jordan Farmar gave the Bruins a 47-45 lead, with 3:53 left. Another steal by Farmar and two free throws by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, with 3:27 remaining, put UCLA ahead 49-45. The closest Oregon would get was three points, 51-48, with 1:42 left to play, but UCLA sealed the victory with its free throws. Throughout a tight first half, the Bruins did lead 30-25 at halftime.

UCLA had three players in double figures - Mbah a Moute's season-high 15 points and game-high 10 rebounds, Farmar's 14 points, with four rebounds and assists and a season-high tying three steals and Afflalo's 12 points and five rebounds.

The Bruins (16-4, 6-2) shot .413 (19-46) from the field, .250 (4-16) from three-point range and .667 (14-21) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds, nine assists, a game-high 16 turnovers, with four blocked shots and six steals.

UO (10-10, 4-3) shot .322 (19-59) from the field, including 28.0 in the second half, .176 (3-17) from three-point range, including 0.0 (0-6) in the first half and .533 (8-15) from the foul line, with a game-high 36 rebounds, nine assists, 12 turnovers, one blocked shot and two steals. The Ducks were led by 10 points each from Brandon Lincoln and Ivan Johnson.

Ben Howland - In his third season at UCLA, with a school mark of 45-32. 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 213-131 (UCLA's 56-37 win over Delaware State on Nov. 19 in Pauley was Howland's 200th career win). Howland is 2-3 vs. Oregon State.

Best Start Since - UCLA's 16-4 start (UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by the home loss to California) compares to:
-2001-02 under Steve Lavin - the Bruins started 14-5, lost next game at Oregon.
-2000-01 under Lavin - 13-6, won next seven games.
-1998-99 under Lavin - 15-4, lost next game at Washington
-1997-98 under Lavin - 17-3, lost at Oregon
-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.

-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). The Bruins won the next game vs. USC in Pauley (15-1), then lost game No. 17 at Notre Dame (79-63,15-2). After 20 games, the Bruins were 18-2 and lost game No. 21 at Arizona.

-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). Including Washington State, he had started the previous 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 Jan. 10 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 14 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 missed the next six games. He has played in the last four games and started at Oregon.

-Michael Fey - On Dec. 1, suffered a right ankle sprain in practice - he did not play in UCLA's first five Pac-10 contests, played one minute vs. Washington and did not play vs. USC, WVU and at Oregon. In all, he's missed 12 games this season with groin, left shoulder and right ankle injuries.

-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). He was cleared last week to begin shooting and dribbling (noncontact drills) and was cleared this week to play vs. the Oregon schools (played 18 minutes vs. UO).

-Alfred Aboya - Has had two arthroscopic procedures (cartilage) on his knees (Oct. 11, left/July 11, right). He missed the first six games, but has played in the last 14, and started vs. USC and West Virginia. Vs. Washington, he suffered a right knee injury, but an MRI revealed no new articular cartilage damage (and he started the next two game vs. USC and West Virginia).

-Darren Collison - sprained his left ankle (X-rays were negative) vs. West Virginia, did not practice on Monday/Tuesday of this week, but came back to play 17 minutes at Oregon.

Best Backcourt - last week named UCLA's backcourt of Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo the third-best in the U. S. - behind Villanova (Randy Foye and Allan Ray) and Michigan State (Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown).

NCAA Stats - Going into this week, the Bruins were - Team - Scoring Defense - No. 36 (61.1); FG% - No. 25 (.483); Rebound Margin - No. 50 (4.8); Personal Fouls per Game - No. 32T (16.0). Individual - Rebounds per Game - No. 44T Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (8.9, the nation's top freshman rebounder); Assists Per Game - No. 18T Jordan Farmar (5.9/Pac-10 leader).

Bruin Starters
Arron Afflalo - a early-season All-American and named to the NIT Season Tipoff All-Tournament team, Afflalo is UCLA's leading scorer (17.3), tops in minutes (34.6), is averaging 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists, and shooting .494 from the field, .354 from three-point range and .821 from the foul line. At. Oregon, Afflalo played 31 minutes with 12 points and five rebounds. His defense on Malik Hairston helped hold Hairston to six points, including 0 in the second half. Afflalo connected on four consecutive free throws down the stretch to help UCLA secure the victory. He's led the Bruins in scoring 12 (of 20) games this season, including a streak of seven in a row (Wagner-Washington State). He's scored 20 or more points eight times, including a career-high 23 vs. Stanford and New Mexico State. He's started every game and scored in double figures 19 of 20 games.

Jordan Farmar - A preseason Wooden Award and Naismith candidate, Farmar is the Pac-10 assist leader (5.8), and for the Bruins, No. 2 in scoring (13.4) and No. 2 in minutes (30.9). He's first on the team in steals (1.2). At Oregon, Farmar played 32 minutes, with 14 points, four rebounds, a team-high four assists and a season-high tying three steals. In the final 3:56, he had two key steals, a layup and an assist. 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 12 times, including the last three games and has three games of 21 or more points, including a career-high 28 vs. Memphis in the NIT Season Tipoff. Farmar has led the Bruins in scoring five times, including two of the last three games, and including consecutive wins over Nevada (24) at the Wooden Classic and at Michigan (21). He's led UCLA in assists on 15 occasions, including the last eight games (he had a career-best 12 assists vs. Washington and 10 vs. Coppin State).

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - A starter in all 20 games at forward, Mbah a Moute is UCLA's leading rebounder (9.0/top freshman rebounder in the U. S./if his season-ending average is 9.0, it will be UCLA's highest since 1990, Trevor Wilson, 9.1). He's led the Bruins in rebounding in19 of 20 games, and averaging 8.4 points. Mbah a Moute is shooting .512 from the field, and averaging 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and has 16 blocked shots. He's led the Bruins in rebounding the last seven games and 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. Oregon, he had a season-high 15 points (6-10 from the field) and a game-high 10 rebounds, with two assists and one steal in 34 minutes. He has six season double/doubles (and eight double digit rebounding games) - including consecutive double/doubles vs. Stanford (12/12)/Sacramento State (13/10) and Albany (13/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). In his last four games, Mbah a Moute has scored in double figures three times, has double digit rebounding three times, including the last two games, and has two double-doubles.

Michael Roll - Started his first game vs. WSU (in place of the injured Josh Shipp), and has started the last five games. In all, he's appeared in 19 contests and is averaging 16.2 minutes, 3.7 points and shooting a team-leading .833 from the foul line. At Oregon, Roll played 22 minutes, with three points, two rebounds, one assist and a season-high tying one steal. Since starting, he's had season-highs in minutes (34 vs. Washington), points (17 vs. Washington, including five three-pointers) and rebounding (three, twice, last vs. West Virginia).

Ryan Hollins - Started UCLA's first five games, then on Dec. 23 vs. Sacramento State, suffered a severe groin strain in warmups and missed six contests. He's returned to play the last four games and started vs. Oregon. In 18 minutes (he was in foul trouble, he had three at halftime and fouled out with 4:36 remaining), Hollins had five points, three rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots. Since returning he's had season-bests in minutes (30 vs. West Virginia), points (11 vs. WVU), rebounds (8, WVU) and blocked shots (4, Oregon). In 14 games (six starts), he's averaging 18.1 minutes, 4.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and shooting .564 from the field. His 85 career blocked shots are No. 9 in school history.

Off the Bench - Vs. Oregon - the Bruins used four players off the bench-
-Cedric Bozeman - Returned to action vs. the Ducks (missed eight gamesbecause of a left shoulder injury (cartilage) suffered on Dec. 27), playing 18 minutes, with three points (on a three-pointer in the first half), two rebounds and one assist.
-Darren Collison -in 17 minutes vs. Oregon, had two points, three rebounds and one assist and steal.
-Alfred Aboya - who had started vs. USC and WVU, came off the bench at Oregon and played 16 minutes, with two points and two rebounds.
-Ryan Wright - played 12 minutes, with one rebound.

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