Dec. 6, 2001
BERKELEY - California handed head coach Ben Braun his 100th victory with the Golden Bears with its best offensive effort of the year in an 88-63 win over Saint Louis Thursday night in Haas Pavilion.
With some hot shooting from the outside, Saint Louis led for most of the first half. The Billikens made 6-of-9 from three-point range in the opening period and sank 52.0 percent of their attempts overall.
However, the Bears kept the game close with a defense that forced 14 turnovers and picked off seven steals. Despite shooting only 40.6 percent, Cal held a 36-33 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Bears got their fast break in order and built their first double-digit lead at 50-39 on a Shipp layup with 14:26 left. The difference reached 21 points on another Shipp layup to give Cal a 65-44 spread.
During the second half, the Bears upped their shooting to 65.5 percent and limited SLU to 28.6 percent. Shipp made 9-for-14 shots during the night, while Hughes was 8-for-10.
Braun improved his record to 100-62 with the Bears and is just the fourth coach in school history to win 100 games, joining Nibs Price, Pete Newell and Lou Campanelli.
California Head Coach Ben Braun Postgame Quotes --
On his 100th win at California:
"I'm proud of that. It means I've been staying around long enough. More than wins, my goal has been to make my teams winners, and we did that tonight. We gave a committed effort. I really feel good about that with this team."
"I think St. Louis battled our brains out in the first half. This was a quality win for us because of our solid defensive effort in the second half. That was as good a half as I've seen from this group."
"Joe Shipp, more than just with his scoring, did a great job on defense. He showed you what he can do in those in between ranges."
"This is an indication of what our team can do if we stay focused like this. What I like is that even though we were down most of the first half, we were still playing hard."
"We did a great job on Marque Perry. I believe we did a great job not giving him a lot of penetrating angles."