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Men's Hoops Squad Prepares For Road Games Against USC, UCLA
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/31/2000

Jan. 31, 2000

Men's Basketball
Cal (11-8, 2-5) Visits USC, UCLA

Game No. 20 -- California Golden Bears (11-8, 2-5) at USC Trojans (13-6, 6-1), Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA

Game No. 21 -- California at UCLA Bruins (12-6, 3-4, vs. Stanford Feb. 3), Saturday, Feb. 5, 12 noon, Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA -- TV: ABC Regional

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
After completing a three-game homestand last Saturday, Cal takes to the road this week when the Bears visit USC and UCLA. At 11-8 overall and 2-5 in the Pac-10, Cal will need to pick up several victories away from Berkeley if the Bears hope to advance to the postseason again this year.

Cal started league play with five of its first seven contests at Haas Pavilion. However, the Bears finished that run with a 1-4 mark. The one win was an 80-46 rout of Washington State -- Cal's largest Pac-10 victory since a 98-57 win over WSU in 1973. Three of the losses were by less than five points -- 65-61 to Arizona, 111-108 in double OT to Arizona State and 54-52 to Washington -- giving Cal a 1-4 record in close games in '99-00.

Outside of Haas, the Bears are 4-3, which includes a 2-1 record to open the year at the Top of the World Classic (runner-up finish) and a 72-64 victory over then-No. 22 Gonzaga at the Oakland Arena.

Overall, junior forward Sean Lampley continues to be the Bears leader in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and minutes (33.0 mpg), as well as the being team's second-best passer (3.3 apg). He has scored at least 20 points six times this year, including a career-high 29 at Oregon and 20 points vs. Washington last weekend, and he has six double-doubles, with the most recent being a 14-point, 12-assist game vs. Davidson Jan. 2. In addition, Lampley was named to all-tournament teams at both the Top of the World Classic and the Golden Bear Classic.

Cal has also received improved play up front in the form of center Nick Vander Laan. The 6-10 freshman had his third consecutive double-double vs. Washington with 10 points and a personal-best 13 rebounds. Now averaging 10.1 ppg, he has moved up to ninth in the Pac-10 in rebounding with 6.8 per game.

Forward Joe Shipp is another freshman who has started to turn his season around lately. After making just three of his first 25 three-point attempts in Pac-10 action, he has connected on six of his last eight. In last Thursday's win over WSU, Shipp tied a career high with 22 points (9-14 FG, 4-6 3P), scoring 16 consecutive points during one stretch of the second half.

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.

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.

Haas Pavilion
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 68-43, while his career mark, which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College, is 401-278. 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.

USC Scouting Report

A Look at USC (13-6, 6-1)
USC enters Thursday's game tied for first place in the Pac-10 with a 6-1 league mark. The Trojans rebounded from their first conference defeat, a 68-67 game at Oregon, to beat Oregon State, 82-69, last Saturday in Corvallis. In the victory, USC set a Pac-10 record by hitting 20 three-pointers (29 attempts).

Cal-USC Series History
Cal owns a 114-107 lead in the series and has won nine of the last 10 meetings between the schools. Last year, the Bears prevailed, 89-75, in Los Angeles and, 58-55, in Oakland.

USC Head Coach Henry Bibby
Henry Bibby is in his fifth season at USC and has compiled a 55-57 record. He took the Trojans to the 1997 NCAA Tournament and to the 1999 NIT.

Probable Starters

PosNoNameHtWtYrPpgRpg
F12Jeff Trepagnier6-4195Jr15.86.7
F34David Bluthenthal6-7220So12.27.8
C24Brian Scalabrine6-9250Jr17.06.2
G1Nate Hair6-3195Fr3.51.9
G5Brandon Granville5-9175So13.68.3 apg

UCLA Scouting Report

A Look at UCLA (12-6, 3-4, vs. Stanford 2/3)
UCLA, which has played five of its first seven Pac-10 games on the road, is coming off a 73-58 loss at Oregon. The Bruins, though, are 7-2 inside Pauley Pavilion. Freshman Jason Kopono leads UCLA with 15.2 ppg. He is scoring 17.4 ppg in league action.

Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the series, 115-86, after the teams split their two games last year. The Bruins won, 72-61, in Los Angeles in 1999, while Cal took an 85-67 decision in Oakland.

UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin
Steve Lavin is 82-32 in his fourth season at UCLA. During his first season with the Bruins, he led the team to a Pac-10 title and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Probable Starters

PosNoNameHtWtYrPpgRpg
F0Jerome Moiso6-10230So14.27.7
F24Jason Kopono6-8210Fr15.24.5
C50Dan Gadzuric6-10245So9.37.2
G3Billy Knight6-5196So5.92.3
G25Earl Watson6-0183Jr10.45.2 apg

Golden Bear Breakdown

By Class
Senior (2) -- Robbie Jones, Raymond King
Junior (1) -- Sean Lampley
Sophomore (3) -- Dennis Gates, Shahar Gordon, Solomon Hughes
Freshman (5) -- Shantay Legans, Joe Shipp, Donte Smith, Nick Vander Laan, Brian Wethers

By Height
6-11 -- Solomon Hughes
6-10 -- Shahar Gordon, Nick Vander Laan
6-7 -- Sean Lampley
6-5 -- Joe Shipp, Brian Wethers
6-3 -- Dennis Gates, Robbie Jones
6-2 -- Donte Smith
5-10 -- Raymond King, Shantay Legans

GamesCareerStarts
Sean Lampley7854
Raymond King*7115
Solomon Hughes4811
Dennis Gates459
Robbie Jones4110
Shahar Gordon404
Shantay Legans1912
Joe Shipp1912
Donte Smith199
Nick Vander Laan1910
Brian Wethers1913
PointsCareerAvg.
Sean Lampley94312.1
Raymond King*2763.9
Joe Shipp20911.0
Solomon Hughes2014.2
Nick Vander Laan19210.1
Shantay Legans1628.5
Brian Wethers1467.7
Dennis Gates1443.2
Donte Smith1206.3
Robbie Jones691.7
Shahar Gordon551.4
ReboundsCareerAvg.
Sean Lampley5677.3
Solomon Hughes1312.7
Nick Vander Laan1306.8
Raymond King*1171.6
Brian Wethers733.8
Joe Shipp593.1
Robbie Jones581.4
Shahar Gordon521.3
Dennis Gates491.1
Shantay Legans341.8
Donte Smith311.6
AssistsCareerAvg.
Sean Lampley1521.9
Raymond King*1271.8
Shantay Legans733.8
Brian Wethers412.2
Dennis Gates360.8
Joe Shipp231.2
Donte Smith231.2
Shahar Gordon220.6
Robbie Jones170.4
Nick Vander Laan130.7
Solomon Hughes70.1
*Cal statistics only

Golden Bear Notes

Bears Fall to Washington on Last-Second Shot
Senque Carey's three-pointer just before the final buzzer lifted Washington to a 54-52 victory over California last Saturday in Haas Pavilion. The Bears built a 36-22 lead early in the second half, but made just 2-of-8 free throws in the final 20 minutes (9-for-21 for the game). Sean Lampley paced all scorers with 20 points, while Nick Vander Laan had his third straight double-double with 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.

Shipp Breaks Shooting Slump with Big Night
Prior to the start of Pac-10 play, freshman forward Joe Shipp was deadly with his outside shot. Through Cal's 12 games against non-conference opponents, Shipp was making 54.3 percent of his shots overall (50-92) and 42.0 percent from three-point range (21-50). He tallied 20 points in his first game in a Cal uniform against TCU and added 22 more at Colorado. But once league action started, he slowed down a bit, even going scoreless vs. Arizona and Oregon. However, in the last four games, Shipp seems to be getting back on track.

He had 12 points in a win at Oregon State and 10 points against Stanford. Then on Jan. 27 vs. Washington State, Shipp tied his career mark with 22 points (9-14 FG, 4-6 3P). During one 3:12 stretch of the second half, he scored 16 consecutive points (2 FG, 4 3P), personally outscoring WSU, 16-3, during the run. Over the last two weeks, Shipp is averaging 13.0 ppg, going 19-for-36 from the floor (52.8%) and 7-for-17 from three-point range (41.2%). For the season, Shipp is second to Sean Lampley with 11.0 ppg, and he leads the Bears with 30 three-pointers, already claiming fifth place on Cal's all-time freshman list.

Cal Freshman Three-Point List

Name3-PointersYear
1. Ryan Drew601988
2. Bryant Walton381987
3. K.J. Roberts361992
4. Jerod Haase311993
5. Joe Shipp302000

Freshman 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 starting 13 and Joe Shipp and Shantay Legans 12 each. 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 43.6 ppg (58.0% of team total), 17.2 rpg (52.2%) and 9.1 apg (58.8%).

Shipp, after scoring 22 points vs. Washington State, ranks second on the squad in scoring with 11.0 ppg, while center Nick Vander Laan, who was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team, is second in rebounding with 6.8 per contest. Legans, who had 28 points vs. Arizona State, paces the Bears in both assists (73) and steals (32), and was voted all-tournament at the Golden Bear Classic. In addition, guards Donte Smith (personal-best 17 points vs. Davidson) and Brian Wethers (7.7 ppg, 41 assists) have provided solid play in the backcourt.

Production By Class in 1999-2000

YearPoints (ppg / %)Rebounds (rpg / %)Assists (apg / %)
Senior36 (1.9 / 2.5%)18 (0.9 / 2.9%)23 (1.2 / 7.8%)
Junior326 (17.2 / 22.8%)146 (7.7 / 23.3%)62 (3.3 / 21.1%)
Sophomore238 (12.5 / 16.7%)134 (7.1 / 21.4%)31 (1.6 / 10.5%)
Freshman829 (43.6 / 58.0%)327 (17.2 / 52.2%)173 (9.1 / 58.8%)
% = percent of team total

Cal Trying to Learn How to Win the Close Ones
One sign of an experienced team is its ability to win close games, and Cal, with five freshmen in the rotation, is finding out just how hard that can be. The Bears are 1-4 in games decided by five points or less, with all four of the setbacks at home. After coming from behind to beat Pacific, 76-72, in the Haas Pavilion opener, Cal has fallen to Penn (74-71), Arizona (65-61), Arizona State (111-108 in 2 OT) and Washington (54-52). 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 less on its way to a 22-11 record and the NIT championship.

Pac-10 Standings

Pac-10Overall
Stanford6-117-1
Arizona6-117-4
Oregon6-115-3
USC6-113-6
UCLA3-412-6
Arizona State3-411-8
California2-511-8
Oregon State2-510-8
Washington2-67-13
Washington State0-85-12

This Week in the Pac-10
Feb. 3 -- Oregon at Arizona, Oregon State at Arizona State, California at USC, Stanford at UCLA
Feb. 5 -- Oregon State at Arizona, Oregon at Arizona State, California at UCLA, Stanford at USC, Washington at Washington State

Lampley Lights the Way for Bears
Junior forward Sean Lampley, Cal's only returning starter from the 1999 NIT champion team, has handled his veteran status well, leading the team in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and minutes (33.0 mpg) and ranking second in assists (3.3 apg). He scored a career-best 29 points at Oregon (11-19 FG, 7-10 FT), which topped his previous high of 28 points set against Fresno State in the first round of last year's NIT. This season, Lampley has also tallied 26 points vs. Houston and 23 points against Gonzaga. In addition, he has had double-doubles six times this year, with the first five coming in the points and rebounds variety -- 16-12 vs. TCU, 26-12 vs. Houston, 22-13 vs. Pacific, 16-10 vs. UC Irvine and 17-10 vs. Boston Univ. Lampley then had 14 points and a career-best 12 assists against Davidson Jan. 2, giving him 19 career double-doubles. The assist total was a record for a Cal forward and the most for any Cal player in almost five years. For the year, his 62 assists are more than he had in either of his first two full seasons with the Bears (45 in both '97-98 and '98-99). With 943 career points and 567 career rebounds, his current pace would put him in the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club by the middle of February.

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 has held for the last three games. Forehan-Kelly, who is in his second year as a walk-on for the Bears, has appeared 17 of Cal's 19 games this season, mostly backing up starting forward Sean Lampley. For the year, he is averaging 2.2 ppg (51.9 FG%, 8-18 3P) and 2.1 rpg. Forehan-Kelly is one of five walk-ons on the Cal roster, a list that also includes seniors J.T. Stephens, Cassidy Raher and Ryan Meyers, and junior Morgan Lingle.

Unselfish Bears Spread the Ball Around
Although no individual is averaging more than 4.0 assists per game, this year's Bears represent Cal's best passing team in several seasons. Through 19 games, Cal has 294 assists for an average of 15.47 per game. Even though Cal ranks near the bottom of the Pac-10, it's quite an improvement from last year when the team averaged just 12.67 assists per contest. In addition to team-leader Shantay Legans' 3.8 apg, junior forward Sean Lampley (3.3 apg), freshman guard Brian Wethers (2.2 apg), freshman guard Donte Smith (1.2 apg), freshman guard Joe Shipp (1.2 apg), senior guard Raymond King (1.3 apg) and sophomore guard Dennis Gates (1.2 apg) are all averaging at least one assist per game. Lampley set a school record for a Cal forward with 12 assists vs. Davidson Jan. 2 -- the highest total for a Cal player since Jelani Gardner had 13 at USC on Jan. 26, 1995. Legans had a best of eight assists (0 turnovers) against Hofstra, while Wethers dished out five assists vs. Davidson. As a team, Cal is 8-0 when it has at least 17 assists in a game, but just 3-8 with 16 or less.

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 (73, 3.8 apg) and steals (32, 1.7 spg), but he also ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in three-point shooting (41.2%, 21-51) and free throw shooting (92.9%, 39-42). In Cal's two games last weekend vs. Washington State and Washington, Legans had 10 assists, just two turnovers, and eight steals, including a career-best five steals against UW. His free throw percentage tops the Pac-10 and is on pace to break the Cal school record (89.1%, 41-46, by Dan Lufkin in 1963).

Pac-10 Statistical Leaders

(as of Jan. 31, 2000)

Individual

Scoring
4. Sean Lampley16.9 ppg
30. Joe Shipp11.0 ppg
Rebounding
5. Sean Lampley7.7 rpg
9. Nick Vander Laan6.8 rpg
Assists
8. Shantay Legans3.84 apg
T12. Sean Lampley3.26 apg
Steals
9. Shantay Legans1.68 spg
Blocks
T9. Solomon Hughes1.00 bpg
Field Goal Shooting
6. Sean Lampley52.3%
3-Point Shooting
7. Shantay Legans41.4%
Free Throw Shooting
1. Shantay Legans92.9%

Team

Scoring Offense5th75.2 ppg
Scoring Defense7th69.9 ppg
Scoring Margin6th+5.3
FG Shooting4th46.2%
3P Shooting9th34.6%
FT Shooting6th69.5%
FG Pct. Defense7th44.1%
3P Pct. Defense10th38.9%
Rebound Margin4th+3.6
Assists8th15.47 apg
Blocks7th2.68 bpg
Steals5th7.95 spg
Turnover Margin3rd+1.63

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 5.5 ppg on 58.4 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. He also had 10 points and a career-best eight rebounds at Oregon. Vander Laan, a member of the staring lineup 10 times, ranks third on the Bears with 10.1 ppg (50.7 FG%) and second with 6.8 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 four double-doubles, with three of them coming in his last three games. 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 Production
1999-2000: Solomon Hughes, Nick Vander Laan, Shahar Gordon -- 16.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 50.9 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 upcoming 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:

YearFrSoJrSr
1999-20005312
1994-956322
1992-933522
1980-812531

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...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.


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