Feb. 14, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. - After a 1-4 start to the Pac-10, Cal has improved to 5-6 in league play, having won three of its last four games. However, the Bears face their toughest test of the season when they travel to second-ranked Stanford Saturday afternoon.
Despite its youth, with nine freshmen and sophomores in the 11-player rotation, Cal actually has a better record on the road than inside Haas Pavilion. The Bears are 8-6 in Berkeley (2-5 Pac-10), but are 6-3 on the road. In the conference, Cal is 3-1 away from home, including victories at USC and UCLA.
But the Bears have a tall task facing them Saturday. Stanford has won six straight games in the series, and Cal has not won in Maples Pavilion since taking an 86-61 decision in 1993.
During the past several weeks, the Bears have relied on an improved defensive effort to raise their Pac-10 record. Over the last eight games, Cal has limited opponents to just 63.8 ppg and to 39.5 percent shooting from the floor. Only Stanford (with 81) has scored more than 70 points against the Bears during that stretch and five opponents have been held to 65 or fewer points.
Overall, junior forward Sean Lampley continues to be the Bears leader in scoring (16.0 ppg), rebounding (7.5 rpg) and minutes (32.3 mpg), as well as the being team's second-best passer (3.1 apg). He has scored at least 20 points six times this year, including a career-high 29 at Oregon, and he has six double-doubles. Lampley, who averaged just 10.0 ppg during Cal's recent three-game winning streak, came through with 18 points and nine boards vs. Oregon last Saturday. In the first Stanford matchup, he led the Bears with 16 points.
Freshman center Nick Vander Laan has also been an imposing force along the frontline for Cal. He has led the Bears on the glass 10 times in the last 13 games and has posted five double-doubles over that time, including 15 points and 11 rebounds vs. Stanford in the first meeting.
In the backcourt, freshman point guard Shantay Legans has shown improvement over the last four games when he has averaged 12.5 ppg and shot 51.7 percent from the floor (15-29) and 62.5 percent from three-point range (10-16). He enters the Stanford game having made his last five three-point attempts (2-2 vs. Oregon State, 3-3 vs. Oregon).
California Golden Bears (14-9, 5-6) at Stanford Cardinal (21-1, 10-1)
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, 3 p.m., Maples Pavilion, Stanford, CA
TV: Fox Sports Net
Cal on the Radio
All California games will be broadcast on KABL Radio (960 AM) in San Francisco and KATD Radio (990 AM) in Concord with Roxy Bernstein calling the action. Each broadcast begins 20 minutes prior to tip-off with the Cal Basketball Pregame Show. After the game, head coach Ben Braun will recap the action on the Cal Basketball Postgame Show. In addition to the radio, broadcasts can be heard on the Internet at www.broadcast.com.
All Cal releases, results, statistics, box scores, schedules and coach and player information, as well as historical data, is available on the Internet at www.calbears.com. Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest. The site also includes information on all 27 of Cal's teams.
Cal Radio on Telephone
All Cal basketball radio broadcasts during the 1999-2000 season are available nationwide via telephone through TRZ Telephone Broadcast Services. Fans may access the Cal games from anywhere in the country by dialing 800-846-4700, extension 5918. The cost is 50 cents for the first minute, with decreasing rates for each addition minute.
Cal returned to campus this season with the opening of the new 12,172-seat Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion. The $57.5 million facility is a renovated and expanded version of old Harmon Gym. In addition to the basketball court, the building features coaching and administrative office space, locker rooms, a spacious weight room and athletic training facilities, as well as media work and interview rooms. While Haas Pavilion was under construction, Cal played the last two seasons at the New Arena in Oakland.
Cal Coach Ben Braun
Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75), who was named the 14th head coach in Cal history on Sept. 15, 1996, is in his fourth year in Berkeley and 23rd season as collegiate head coach. His record at Cal stands at 71-44, while his career mark, which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College, is 404-279. The 1997 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a finalist for '97 National Coach of the Year honors, Braun led the Bears to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1997 and to the NIT championship in 1999. In October 1997, he agreed to a new eight-year contract that extends through the 2004-05 season. At EMU from 1985-96, the three-time MAC Coach of the Year guided the Eagles to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance with an overall record of 185-132. He was also 148-103 from 1977-85 at Siena Heights. A native of Chicago, Braun played one year of basketball at Wisconsin-LaCrosse before transferring to Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a teaching degree in English with a minor in African-American studies in 1975. He received his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Siena Heights.
Stanford Scouting ReportA Look at Stanford (21-1, 10-1)
Stanford has won nine consecutive games, all by at least 10 points, since suffering its only loss of the year, a 68-65 decision to Arizona Jan. 8. The Cardinal lead the nation in field goal percentage defense, limiting teams to just 33.8 percent from the floor, and are outrebounding the opposition by an average of 42.7 to 32.9 per game.
Cal-Stanford Series History
Cal owns a 133-99 series lead, but Stanford has won the last six games between the schools. The Cardinal took the first match-up, 81-70, on Jan. 22 in Berkeley. Cal's last win came in 1997 when the Bears won, 70-64, at home. Cal's last win at Stanford was an 86-61 decision in 1993.
Stanford Head Coach Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery is 282-140 in his 14th season at Stanford. He has led the Cardinal to seven NCAA Tournaments, including the 1998 Final Four. Prior to moving to Stanford, he was 154-77 in eight years at Montana.
|G||4||Michael McDonald||6-1||175||Jr||4.9||4.5 apg|
Golden Bear NotesOregon Edges Cal, 64-60
Cal battled back from a 12-point deficit midway through the second half to trail by just one with under a minute to go, but Alex Scales hit a key three-point with 29 seconds left to help Oregon to a 64-60 victory Saturday night in Haas Pavilion. Sean Lampley scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help the Bears rally, and Shantay Legans added 13 points, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. But Scales and A.D. Smith, who both finished with 21 points, proved to be too much for Cal.
Defense Clamps Down Last Eight Games
Perhaps it is no surprise the Bears have gone 5-3 since an 0-3 start to the Pac-10 season. Over Cal's last eight games, the Bears have greatly improved their defensive performance, limiting teams to just 39.4 percent field goal shooting and to only 63.8 ppg. The best games came against UCLA (36.9 FG%) and Washington State (46 points) during that span. Prior to the turnaround, Cal was allowing 72.2 ppg on 45.0 percent shooting. The Bears have also picked up their pace on the glass, ranking second in Pac-10 games in rebounding margin (+2.9 per game). Both Sean Lampley (7.5 rpg) and Nick Vander Laan (7.1 rpg) are averaging more than seven boards per game. Vander Laan has paced Cal in rebounding 10 times in the Bears last 13 contests.
Golden Bear Breakdown
|Senior (2)||Robbie Jones, Raymond King|
|Junior (1)||Sean Lampley|
|Sophomore (4)||Ryan Forehan-Kelly, Dennis Gates, Shahar Gordon, Solomon Hughes|
|Freshman (5)||Shantay Legans, Joe Shipp, Donte Smith, Nick Vander Laan, Brian Wethers|
|Nick Vander Laan||23||14|
|Nick Vander Laan||230||10.0|
|Nick Vander Laan||163||7.1|
|Nick Vander Laan||16||0.7|
*Cal statistics only
Maturing Players Taking Greater Role
With five freshmen and four sophomores in Cal's 11-player rotation, much of the burden has fallen on the shoulders of junior forward Sean Lampley. During Cal's non-conference schedule, Lampley led Cal in scoring six times in 12 games and in rebounding on nine occasions. But since the start of Pac-10 play, other members of the young cast have begun to exert themselves. In league action, Lampley has paced the Bears in scoring just four times and only once in rebounding. Instead, the list of leading scorers in conference games includes Nick Vander Laan (once), Shantay Legans (3 times), Joe Shipp (once), Ryan Forehan-Kelly (once) and Donte Smith (once). On the glass, Vander Laan has topped Cal six times in the last seven games. The 6-10 freshman is averaging 8.1 rpg against Pac-10 competition.
Freshmen Class Makes Big Impact on Bears
Before the start of the season, head coach Ben Braun stated that all five Cal freshmen would get a chance to contribute right away for the Bears - and the quintet has certainly lived up to expectations. Every freshman has started at least nine games, with Brian Wethers and Shantay Legans starting 16 each and Joe Shipp starting 12. Five times this year Cal has started four freshmen in a game - including the Pac-10 opener vs. Arizona - with junior Sean Lampley the only veteran in the lineup. As a group, the five newcomers average 42.8 ppg (58.0% of team total), 17.3 rpg (52.1%) and 8.8 apg (58.9%). Shipp, after scoring 22 points vs. Washington State, ranks second on the squad in scoring with 10.2 ppg, while center Nick Vander Laan, who was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team, is second in rebounding with 7.1 per contest. Legans, who had 28 points vs. Arizona State, paces the Bears in both assists (82) and steals (38), and was voted all-tournament at the Golden Bear Classic. In addition, guards Donte Smith (personal-best 19 points vs. Oregon State) and Brian Wethers (7.0 ppg, 49 assists) have provided solid play in the backcourt.
Production By Class in 1999-2000
|Year||Points (ppg / %)||Rebounds (rpg / %)||Assists (apg / %)|
|Senior||38 (1.7 / 2.2%)||20 (0.9 / 2.6%)||26 (1.1 / 7.6%)|
|Junior||374 (16.3 / 22.0%)||172 (7.5 / 22.5%)||71 (3.1 / 20.7%)|
|Sophomore||300 (13.0 / 17.7%)||169 (7.3 / 22.1%)||38 (1.7 / 11.1%)|
|Freshman||985 (42.8 / 58.0%)||399 (17.3 / 52.1%)||202 (8.8 / 58.9%)|
% = percent of team total
Freshmen Alter Top 10 Lists
Although the season is just 23 games old, several Cal newcomers have put their names on Cal's all-time freshman lists or are rapidly approaching the Top 10. Both Joe Shipp (32) and Shantay Legans (31) are in the Top 5 in three-pointers made, while Legans (46.3%) and Donte Smith (41.1%) rank 1-2 in three-point shooting. Nick Vander Laan is also 10th in rebounding with 163 boards.
|Cal Freshman Three-Point List||Cal Freshman Three-Point Percentage|
|1. Ryan Drew||60||1988||1. Shantay Legans||31-67||.463||2000|
|2. Bryant Walton||38||1987||2. Donte Smith||23-56||.411||2000|
|3. K.J. Roberts||36||1992||3. Bryant Walton||38-94||.404||1987|
|4. Joe Shipp||32||2000||4. Ryan Drew||60-152||.395||1988|
|5. Shantay Legans||31||2000||5. K.J. Roberts||36-93||.387||1992|
|5. Jerod Haase||31||1993|
Cal Freshman Rebounding List
|5. Doug True||182||1977|
|6. Tremaine Fowlkes||180||1995|
|7. Leonard Taylor||171||1985|
|7. Lamond Murray||171||1992|
|9. Dave Butler||168||1983|
|10. Nick Vander Laan||163||2000|
This Week in the Pac-10Feb. 17
USC at Arizona, UCLA at Arizona State, Washington State at Oregon, Washington at Oregon State
UCLA at Arizona, USC at Arizona State, California at Stanford, Washington at Oregon, Washington State at Oregon State
The Pac-10 will hold media-only teleconferences with Pac-10 head coaches 10 times throughout the 1999-2000 season. Media should call the Pac-10 office at 925-932-4411 to obtain the number. A taped replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 4 p.m. PT following each call at 402-220-9927. Below are the teleconference dates for this season:
Tuesday, Jan. 11
Tuesday, Jan. 18
Tuesday, Jan. 25
Tuesday, Feb. 1
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Tuesday, Feb. 15
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Tuesday, Feb. 29
Tuesday, March 7
The order of coaches is as follows:
|10:35 a.m.||E. Kent, Oregon|
|10:43 a.m.||R. Evans, ASU|
|10:51 a.m.||E. Payne, OSU|
|10:59 a.m.||L. Olson, Arizona|
|11:07 a.m.||B. Braun, California|
|11:15 a.m.||P. Graham, WSU|
|11:23 a.m.||M. Montgomery, Stanford|
|11:31 a.m.||H. Bibby, USC|
|11:39 a.m.||B. Bender, Washington|
|11:47 a.m.||S. Lavin, UCLA|
Close Games Just Part of '99-00 Season
Cal is finding out that close games are just part of college basketball this season. Each of the Bears last five games has been decided by less than five points, with Cal coming out on top in three of them. After losing to Washington, 54-52, on a last-season shot, the Bears beat USC (66-62), UCLA (73-70) and Oregon State (70-68) in succession before falling to No. 24 Oregon (64-60). In all, Cal has had nine outcomes determined by less than five points, including seven in Pac-10 play, and the Bears are 4-5 in those contests. Last year with four seniors in the lineup, Cal was 7-4 (including 2-0 in the NIT) in games decided by five points or fewer on its way to a 22-11 record and the NIT championship.
Vander Laan Raises Numbers in Pac-10 Play
Freshman center Nick Vander Laan has ranked among Cal's leaders in scorers and rebounders throughout the season. But since the start of Pac-10 play, he has become much more of a force under the boards, averaging 8.1 rpg. In 11 league games, Vander Laan has paced the team seven times in rebounding, including five double-doubles. His first came in the opener vs. Arizona when he finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Vander Laan followed that effort with consecutive double-doubles against Stanford (15-11), Washington State (12-12) and Washington (10-13), and he added another vs. Oregon State (11-11). Take away his one-rebound game at Oregon State Jan. 15, when he played just four minutes due to a stomach virus, and Vander Laan is averaging 8.8 rpg in Pac-10 action.
Lampley Nears 1,000 Points, 600 Rebounds
With 991 points entering Saturday's game at Stanford, junior forward Sean Lampley is close to becoming the 30th player in Cal history to reach 1,000 career points. Lampley, who already ranks 15th in career rebounding with 593, is also about to become the 11th Bear to accumulate at least 1,000 points and 600 boards. The MVP of last year's NIT, Lampley leads Cal in both scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) this season. He has six double-doubles, including one with 14 points and 12 assists vs. Davidson. In addition, he has reached the 20-point mark six times with a career-best 29 at Oregon Jan. 13, and was named to all-tournament teams at both the Top of the World Classic and the Golden Bear Classic.
|Cal Career Scoring List||Cal Career Rebounding List|
|26. Mark McNamara (1981-82)||1,041||11. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71)||660|
|27. Monty Buckley (1992-95)||1,035||12. Bob Presley (1968-69)||629|
|28. Charlie Johnson (1969-71)||1,025||13. Mark McNamara (1981-82)||613|
|29. Randy Duck (1994-97)||1,003||14. Lamond Murray (1992-94)||596|
|Sean Lampley (1998-present)||991||15. Sean Lampley (1998-present)||593|
Walk-on Forehan-Kelly Has Breakout Game at OSU
Sophomore Ryan Forehan-Kelly, a 6-5 forward from Irvine, had scored just 12 points all year heading into Cal's game at Oregon State Jan. 15. But in 19 minutes against the Beavers, he tallied a career-high and team-best 17 points (6-7 FG, 4-5 3P, 1-2 FT) with four rebounds and two steals. That performance earned him a place in the starting lineup, a position he held for four consecutive games. Forehan-Kelly, who is in his second year as a walk-on for the Bears, has appeared 20 of Cal's 21 games this season, mostly backing up starting forward Sean Lampley. For the year, he is averaging 2.5 ppg (50.0 FG%, 10-23 3P) and 2.3 rpg. But over his last seven contests, his averages are 5.3 ppg and 3.9 rpg. However, he suffered a slightly sprained shoulder vs. Oregon State last Thursday and missed the Oregon game. He is listed as probable for Saturday's contest at Stanford. Forehan-Kelly is one of five walk-ons on the Cal roster, a list that includes seniors J.T. Stephens, Cassidy Raher and Ryan Meyers, and junior Morgan Lingle.
Legans Contributing in Several Areas
Point guard Shantay Legans is showing that he can contribute to Cal's effort in several different areas during his freshman season. Not only does he pace the team in assists (82, 3.6 apg) and steals (38, 1.7 spg), but he also ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in three-point shooting (46.3%, 31-67) and free throw shooting (87.5%, 49-56). In fact, Legans three-point accuracy rates among the best in Cal history.
Cal Season Three-Point Shooting
|1. Billy Dreher (1991)||56-112||.500|
|2. Bill Elleby (1992)||64-138||.464|
|3. Shantay Legans (2000)||31-67||.463|
|4. Keith Smith (1990)||42-91||.462|
Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
(as of Feb. 14, 2000)
|T5. Sean Lampley||16.0 ppg|
|6. Sean Lampley||7.5 rpg|
|8. Nick Vander Laan||7.1 rpg|
|8. Shantay Legans||3.57 apg|
|8. Shantay Legans||1.65 spg|
Field Goal Shooting
|7. Sean Lampley||50.2%|
|1. Shantay Legans||46.3%|
|8. Donte Smith||41.1%|
Free Throw Shooting
|2. Shantay Legans||87.5%|
|Scoring Offense||7th||73.8 ppg|
|Scoring Defense||6th||69.3 ppg|
|FG Pct. Defense||6th||43.1%|
|3P Pct. Defense||10th||37.1%|
Trio Provides Support in the Middle
Sophomore center Solomon Hughes, freshman center Nick Vander Laan and sophomore center Shahar Gordon have given the Bears a stronger presence in the middle this year than they have in recent seasons. Hughes, who has started nine games, is averaging 5.0 ppg on 58.0 percent shooting from the floor. He has twice broken his career high this season, first with 11 points vs. Boston University, then with 12 against Davidson. Over his last three games, he is averaging 4.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg, tying his career high with eight rebounds vs. Oregon State. Vander Laan, a member of the staring lineup 14 times, ranks third on the Bears with 10.0 ppg (50.9 FG%) and second with 7.1 rpg. He had a high of 23 points against Oklahoma and was named to the all-tournament team at the Golden Bear Classic. Vander Laan also has five double-doubles, all coming in Pac-10 play. Gordon, who missed five games following arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 17, got his first start of the year against Stanford Jan. 22. He came through with a career-high-tying seven points and three rebounds.
Recent Cal Center Production1999-2000: Solomon Hughes, Nick Vander Laan, Shahar Gordon - 16.3 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 50.5 FG%
1998-99: Francisco Elson, Solomon Hughes, Shahar Gordon - 9.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 48.2 FG%
1997-98: Francisco Elson, Kenyon Jones - 10.8 ppg, 8.2 ppg, 45.5 FG%
1996-97: Michael Stewart, Kenyon Jones - 11.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 51.6 FG%
Gordon to Return to Israel after Season
Sophomore center Shahar Gordon will return to his native Israel after the season to fulfill his two-year military commitment. Gordon, who has averaged 1.8 ppg and 1.4 rpg in 12 games this season, has already received two one-year exemptions to play at Cal. His military service begins April 2 and he plans to work with his professors to be able to complete his spring semester coursework overseas. Gordon said he would consider a return to Cal once his military obligation is completed.
Bear Squad Youngest in School History
With only three upperclassmen among its 11 scholarship players, this year's Cal team is the youngest in school history. The Bears lost four starters and their sixth man following their NIT championship run last spring, leaving them with just two seniors and one junior for the current campaign. A look at past rosters shows that every previous Cal squad had at least four upperclassmen. Below is a look at several of the youngest squads to play for the Bears:
Golden Bear Notes
Head coach Ben Braun picked up his 400th career victory with a 71-65 win at Oregon State Jan. 15 ... the 10 three-pointers (19 attempts) by Cal against San Jose State were the most for the Bears since they had 11 (19 attempts) at Stanford on Jan. 31, 1996, Cal also had 10 treys vs. Washington State Jan. 27 ... Cal shot 53.2 percent from the floor against TCU (33-62) and 54.3 percent from the field against Houston (38-70) - the first time the Bears have shot at least 50 percent in consecutive games since they did it against Oregon State and Stanford Jan. 5 & 10, 1996, the Bears repeated the feat vs. San Jose State (57.1%) and UC Irvine (51.6%) ... Cal also scored 90+ points two games in a row vs. TCU (91) and Houston (95) for the first time since November 1995 against Northern Arizona and Texas Southern ... when Joe Shipp and Nick Vander Laan each scored 20 points vs. TCU last week, it marked the highest scoring output for a Cal freshman in his debut game since Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 33 vs. Northern Arizona in 1995 ... Shantay Legans had five three-pointers vs. San Jose State, the most for a Cal player since Geno Carlisle had five at Oregon State on Jan. 5, 1998, Donte Smith later had five treys vs. Oregon State Feb. 10 ... Legans also had five steals vs. Washington Jan. 29, the most for a Bear since Dennis Gates also had five vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 25, 1998.