Feb. 7, 2000
Game No. 22
Oregon State Beavers (10-10, 2-7) at California Golden Bears (13-8, 4-5)
--Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Game No. 23
Oregon Ducks (16-4, 7-2, at Stanford Feb. 10) at California
--Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, 7:30 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: Fox Sports Net Bay Area
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
Cal looks to maintain the momentum of a two-game winning streak when the Bears host Oregon State and Oregon this weekend in Haas Pavilion. By defeating USC and UCLA last week, Cal shot up from 71st to 47th in the RPI rankings (by CBS Sportsline) and moved into a tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 standings.
The Bears must now find a way to defend their homecourt if they aspire to earn an NCAA or NIT berth. In the league, Cal is 3-1 on the road, but just 1-4 at home. Three of the losses were by a combined nine points, and two of the setbacks were to Top 5 teams Arizona and Stanford.
Still, Cal has gone 4-2 over its last six games with the Bears relying rejuvenated defense that has surrendered just 63.0 ppg on 39.6 percent field goal shooting during the streak. No team has shot better than 42 percent from the floor, with Cal holding UCLA to 36.9 percent its 73-70 victory Saturday afternoon.
Overall, junior forward Sean Lampley continues to be the Bears leader in scoring (16.2 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and minutes (32.4 mpg), as well as the being team's second-best passer (3.2 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.
Cal has also received improved play up front in the form of center Nick Vander Laan. The 6-10 freshman has paced the Bears on the glass in each of the last five games and nine times in Cal's last 11 contests. Now averaging 10.1 ppg, he has moved into the Top 10 in the Pac-10 in rebounding with 7.0 per game, good for eighth place.
Sophomore center Solomon Hughes had one of his best games of the year at UCLA with four points, seven rebounds and two blocks in eight minutes. His block of a Jerome Moiso shot in the closing seconds with Cal up, 71-70, helped secure the victory.
Freshman point guard Shantay Legans is also coming off one of his best weekends of the year. In the two games in Los Angeles, he paced the Bears in scoring both times (14 points at USC, 15 points at UCLA). Legans leads the team in both assists (80) and steals (35), and he tops the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (89.6 percent).
Probable Starters & Key Reserves
|F||21||Sean Lampley||6-7||225||Jr||16.2||7.4||Career-high 29 points at Oregon, 6 double-doubles, 67 assists|
|F||25||Brian Wethers||6-5||205||Fr||7.4||3.7||First double-double vs. ASU: 16 points, 10 rebounds|
|C||32||Nick Vander Laan||6-10||250||Fr||10.0||7.0||Led Cal in rebounding last 5 games, 13 boards vs. Washington|
|G||12||Shantay Legans||5-10||165||Fr||9.0||3.8 apg||28 points vs. ASU, team-high 35 steals, including 5 vs. Washington|
|G||15||Dennis Gates||6-3||190||So||5.1||1.4||Set career high with 13 points at UCLA (3-6 FG, 2-4 3P, 5-5 FT)|
|G||3||Donte Smith||6-2||195||FrR||6.0||1.6||Career-high 17 points vs. Davidson (5-6 FG, 1-1 3P, 6-7 FT)|
|G||10||Raymond King||5-10||170||Sr||1.7||1.2 apg||10 points vs. Arizona State (3-3 FG, 4-4 FT)|
|C||14||Solomon Hughes||6-11||230||So||5.1||3.2||Leads team with 21 blocks, 59.5 FG%, 4 blocks vs. WSU|
|F||34||Joe Shipp||6-5||215||Fr||10.6||3.0||Tied career high with 22 points vs. WSU, 30 three-pointers|
|F||42||Ryan Forehan-Kelly||6-5||195||So||2.6||2.3||Walk-on has started last 4 games, 17 points at Oregon State|
Head Coach: Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75) - 70-43 at Cal (4th year) & 403-278 overall (23rd year)
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 70-43, while his career mark, which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College, is 403-278. 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.
Oregon State Scouting ReportA Look at Oregon State (10-10, 2-7)
Oregon State has lost four straight games heading into Thursday's contest with Cal. However, the Beavers two Pac-10 wins both came on the road - at Washington State (77-73) and at Washington (74-57). Deaundra Tanner paces the squad with 14.7 ppg.
Cal-Oregon State Series History
On the strength of winning eight of the last nine games between the schools, Cal owns a 59-53 series lead. The Bears picked up their first Pac-10 win of the year in Corvallis with a 71-65 victory Jan. 15. Ryan Forehan-Kelly led Cal with a career-high 17 points.
Oregon State Head Coach Eddie Payne
Eddie Payne is 49-82 in his fifth season at Oregon State. He was 103-51 in five years at Belmont Abbey and 56-58 in four seasons at East Carolina before going to OSU.
|C||54||George von Backstrom||7-0||250||Sr||2.9||1.6|
|G||4||Deaundra Tanner||6-2||202||Jr||14.7||4.9 apg|
Oregon Scouting ReportA Look at Oregon (16-4, 7-2, at Stanford 2/10)
Oregon is alone in third place at the halfway mark of the Pac-10 season with a 7-2 record. The Ducks will wrap up a four-game road trip with their game against Cal, a trek that has also taken them to Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford. A.D. Smith leads Oregon in both scoring and rebounding.
Cal-Oregon Series History
Cal owns a 59-46 record in the series against Oregon. The Ducks have won three of the last four games, with Cal's win coming in the semifinals of last year's NIT (85-69). Oregon took an 83-68 decision in Eugene earlier this year.
Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent
Ernie Kent is 48-31 in his third year at Oregon. Prior to moving to Eugene, he was 90-80 in six seasons at Saint Mary's.
|G||4||Darius Wright||6-0||179||Sr||10.9||5.1 apg|
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||21||12|
|Nick Vander Laan||210||10.0|
|Nick Vander Laan||148||7.0|
|Nick Vander Laan||14||0.7|
*Cal statistics only
Golden Bear Notes
Cal Posts First L.A. Sweep Since 1995
Freshman guard Shantay Legans scored 15 points, including consecutive three-pointers midway through the second half that gave Cal the lead for good, lifting the Bears to a 73-70 win at UCLA Saturday. Coupled with last Thursday's 66-62 victory at USC, Cal posted its first road sweep of the Los Angeles schools since 1995. Against UCLA, the Bears committed 18 first-half turnovers, but maintained a 31-30 lead at the break. In the second half, Cal went up by as many as eight points, yet couldn't feel comfortable until Brian Wethers corralled a rebound with two seconds left in the game. Dennis Gates finished with a career-high 13 points.
Defense Makes Stand Last Six Games
Perhaps it is no surprise the Bears have gone 4-2 since an 0-3 start to the Pac-10 season. Over Cal's last six games, the Bears have greatly improved their defensive performance, limiting teams to just 39.6 percent field goal shooting and to only 63.0 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 third in the Pac-10 in rebounding margin (+3.5 per game). Both Sean Lampley (7.4 rpg) and Nick Vander Laan (7.0 rpg) are averaging at least seven boards per game.
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 and Shantay Legans starting 14 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 43.0 ppg (57.6% of team total), 17.3 rpg (52.3%) and 8.9 apg (58.8%). Shipp, after scoring 22 points vs. Washington State, ranks second on the squad in scoring with 10.6 ppg, while center Nick Vander Laan, who was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team, is second in rebounding with 7.0 per contest. Legans, who had 28 points vs. Arizona State, paces the Bears in both assists (80) and steals (35), and was voted all-tournament at the Golden Bear Classic. In addition, guards Donte Smith (personal-best 17 points vs. Davidson) and Brian Wethers (7.4 ppg, 45 assists) have provided solid play in the backcourt.
Production By Class in 1999-2000
|Year||Points (ppg / %)||Rebounds (rpg / %)||Assists (apg / %)|
|Senior||38 (1.8 / 2.4%)||20 (1.0 / 2.9%)||24 (1.1 / 7.5%)|
|Junior||345 (16.4 / 22.0%)||156 (7.4 / 22.4%)||67 (3.2 / 21.1%)|
|Sophomore||281 (13.4 / 17.9%)||153 (7.3 / 22.0%)||35 (1.7 / 11.0%)|
|Freshman||903 (43.0 / 57.6%)||364 (17.3 / 52.3%)||187 (8.9 / 58.8%)|
% = percent of team total
Freshman Alter Top 10 Lists
Although the season is just 21 games old, several Cal newcomers have put their names on Cal's all-time freshman lists or are rapidly approaching the Top 10. With 31 three-pointers, forward Joe Shipp has tied Jerod Haase (1993) for fourth place, while Shantay Legans tops the rookie charts in both three-point percentage (41.9%) and free throw percentage (89.6%). Nick Vander Laan needs just six more rebounds to tie Alfred Grigsby (1992) for 10th place with 154 boards.
|Cal Freshman Three-Point List||Cal Freshman Three-Point Percentage|
|1. Ryan Drew||60||1988||1. Shantay Legans||26-62||.419||2000|
|2. Bryant Walton||38||1987||2. Bryant Walton||38-94||.404||1987|
|3. K.J. Roberts||36||1992||3. Ryan Drew||60-152||.395||1988|
|4. Joe Shipp||31||2000||4. K.J. Roberts||36-93||.387||1992|
|4. Jerod Haase||31||1993||5. Jelani Gardner||28-80||.350||1995|
This Week in the Pac-10Feb. 9 - USC at UCLA
Feb. 10 - Arizona at Washington, Arizona State at Washington State, Oregon State at California, Oregon at Stanford
Feb. 12 - Arizona at Washington State, Arizona State at Washington, Oregon at California, Oregon State at Stanford
Feb. 13 - UCLA at Syracuse
Cal Wins Back-to-Back Close Games
After falling in four consecutive games decided by five points or less, Cal came out on the winning end of two such contests last weekend, defeating USC, 66-62, and UCLA, 73-70. Prior to those games, the Bears lost to Penn (74-71), Arizona (65-61), Arizona State (111-108 in 2OT) and Washington (54-52). Including a 76-72 victory over Pacific in the home opener, Cal is now 3-4 in close games this season. 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.
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 8.2 rpg. In nine league games, Vander Laan has paced the team six times in rebounding, including four 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). Take away his one-rebound game at Oregon State, when he played just four minutes due to a stomach virus, and Vander Laan is averaging 9.1 rpg in Pac-10 action.
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 (16.2 ppg), rebounding (7.4 rpg) and minutes (32.4 mpg) and ranking second in assists (3.2 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 67 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 962 career points and 577 career rebounds, his current pace would put him in the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club by the end 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 held for four consecutive games. Forehan-Kelly, who is in his second year as a walk-on for the Bears, has appeared 19 of Cal's 21 games this season, mostly backing up starting forward Sean Lampley. For the year, he is averaging 2.6 ppg (54.3 FG%, 10-22 3P) and 2.3 rpg. But over his last six contests, his averages are 6.2 ppg and 3.8 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.
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 (80, 3.8 apg) and steals (35, 1.7 spg), but he also ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in three-point shooting (41.9%, 26-62) and free throw shooting (89.6%, 43-48). In Cal's two games 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 ahead of pace of the Cal school record (89.1%, 41-46, by Dan Lufkin in 1963).
Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
(as of Feb. 6, 2000)
|4. Sean Lampley||16.2 ppg|
|6. Sean Lampley||7.4 rpg|
|8. Nick Vander Laan||7.0 rpg|
|8. Shantay Legans||3.81 apg|
|8. Shantay Legans||1.67 spg|
Field Goal Shooting
|7. Sean Lampley||51.0%|
|8. Shantay Legans||41.9%|
Free Throw Shooting
|1. Shantay Legans||89.6%|
|Scoring Offense||6th||74.7 ppg|
|Scoring Defense||7th||69.6 ppg|
|FG Pct. Defense||7th||43.6%|
|3P Pct. Defense||9th||37.2%|
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 5.1 ppg on 59.5 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 12 times, ranks third on the Bears with 10.0 ppg (51.0 FG%) and second with 7.0 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, 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 Production
1999-2000: Solomon Hughes, Nick Vander Laan, Shahar Gordon - 16.5 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 51.4 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 ... 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.