Bears Look To Keep Momentum Going In Golden Bear Classic
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  12/27/1999

Dec. 27, 1999

7th Annual Golden Bear Classic
Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 28-29, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Dec. 28 Portland State Vikings (6-3) vs. Penn Quakers (1-4), 5 p.m.
California Golden Bears (7-2) vs. Boston Univ. Terriers (2-6), 7:30 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Net Bay Area
Dec. 29 Consolation Game, 5 p.m.
Championship Game: 7:30 p.m.

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
Coming off its biggest win of the season - a 72-64 upset over 22nd-ranked Gonzaga at the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland Dec. 21 - Cal looks to defend its title in the seventh annual Golden Bear Classic Dec. 28-29 at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears have won four of the six previous tournaments, including the last three straight. Last season, Sean Lampley was voted MVP after leading Cal to victories over Eastern Kentucky (84-49) and SW Louisiana (94-65).

The current version of the Bears is in the midst of a three-game winning streak and has won five of its last six games. At home, Cal has prevailed 22 consecutive times on campus (in either Harmon Gym or Haas Pavilion) - the second longest streak in school history. The only longer run came between 1958-60 when the Bears won 26 home games in a row.

Using a lineup that features freshmen as five of the top six scorers, Cal has begun to clamp down on the defensive end, allowing just 59.0 ppg the last three games. During that span, the Bears have not given up more than 64 points in a contest and have limited opponents to just 41.7 percent from the floor and to no more than 22 baskets in a game. In contrast, Cal gave up at least 70 points in five of its first six games, and opponents shot 43.4 percent.

Individually, Lampley continues to lead the Bears in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (Pac-10-high 9.9 rpg) and minutes (33.9 mpg). Often double-teamed on the post, he has also shown good patience and vision, dishing out 26 assists (2.9 apg). Most recently, he scored 23 points, grabbed eight boards and had three assists in the victory over Gonzaga.

Also providing scoring punch for Cal is freshman forward Joe Shipp, who is second to Lampley in points and paces the team in both three-pointers (17, 44.7%) and free throw shooting (100%, 14-14). He has reached double figures in each of his last five games, with a high of 22 points at Colorado.

Fellow freshman Shantay Legans has taken over the starting point guard duties the last three contests. In those games, he has averaged 10.3 ppg and 4.3 apg. In addition to a team-leading 40 assists, he tops the Bears with 16 steals.

Cal on the Radio
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Haas Pavilion
Cal returned to campus this season with the opening of the new 12,300-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 64-37, while his career mark, which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College, is 397-272. 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.

Boston University Scouting Report
A Look at Boston University (2-6)
Boston University enters the Golden Bear Classic ready to play its first game since beating New Hampshire, 61-51, on Dec. 11. BU's other victory was a 58-57 decision over Harvard on Dec. 7. The Terriers are led by Matt Turner's 10.9 ppg and 3.3 apg. Like Cal, BU has its youngest squad in school history with just two upperclassmen on its 12-man roster.

Cal-BU Series History
Cal and BU will meet for the first time in the opening round of the Golden Bear Classic.

BU Head Coach Dennis Wolff
Dennis Wolff is in his sixth season as head coach at Boston University, having compiled an 88-67 record there.

Probable Starters

Pos  No Name            Ht   Wt Yr  Ppg Rpg
  F  21 Jerome Graham   6-8 230 So  4.5 3.0
  F  23 Mike Costello   6-4 210 Sr  7.8 4.4
  C  55 Jean Avebe      6-7 210 Sr 10.5 5.9
  G   3 Dereck Franklin 6-0 180 So  7.5 2.8
  G  34 Matt Turner     5-9 160 Fr 10.9 3.3 apg
Pennsylvania Scouting Report
A Look at Pennsylvania (1-4)
Penn, which has three starters back from last year's Ivy League champion team, is off to a 1-4 start. Most recently, the Quakers fell at Auburn, 77-70, on Dec. 11. Cal associate head coach Scott Beeten was an assistant coach at Penn from 1983-88, helping the Quakers to a pair of conference titles. Penn is the fourth Ivy League school to play in the Golden Bear Classic, joining Princeton (1993), Columbia ('94) and Cornell ('97).

Cal-Penn Series History
The series between the schools is tied at 1-1, but the teams haven't met since Cal won, 64-63, at the Quaker City Classic in December 1973. During the 1939-40 season, Penn won at home, 37-34.

Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy
Fran Dunphy is 174-101 in his 11th season at Penn. Last year, he guided the Quakers to a 21-6 record, a 13-1 mark in the Ivy League and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Probable Starters

Pos No Name             Ht    Wt Yr  Ppg Rpg
  F  1 Ugonna Onyekwe   6-8  225 Fr  8.6 6.0
  F  2 Koko Archibong   6-7  200 Fr  6.0 3.2
  C 51 Geoff Owens      6-11 225 Sr 12.0 6.4
  G 20 Matt Langel      6-5  200 Sr 10.6 3.6
  G 23 Michael Jordan   6-0  175 Sr 12.8 5.2
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

Games           Career Starts
Sean Lampley        68     45
Raymond King*       62     14
Solomon Hughes      38      8
Dennis Gates        37      5
Robbie Jones        37     10
Shahar Gordon       34      3
Shantay Legans       9      3
Joe Shipp            9      8
Donte Smith          9      6
Nick Vander Laan     9      3
Brian Wethers        9      7

Points Career Avg. Sean Lampley 774 11.4 Raymond King* 258 4.2 Solomon Hughes 135 3.6 Dennis Gates 112 3.0 Joe Shipp 111 12.3 Nick Vander Laan 100 11.1 Shantay Legans 78 8.7 Robbie Jones 67 1.8 Donte Smith 62 6.9 Brian Wethers 59 6.6 Shahar Gordon 42 1.2

Rebounds Career Avg. Sean Lampley 507 7.5 Raymond King* 108 1.7 Solomon Hughes 94 2.5 Robbie Jones 55 1.5 Nick Vander Laan 55 6.1 Shahar Gordon 40 1.2 Dennis Gates 40 1.1 Joe Shipp 31 3.4 Brian Wethers 29 3.2 Shantay Legans 13 1.4 Donte Smith 12 1.3

Assists Career Avg. Sean Lampley 116 1.7 Raymond King* 113 1.8 Shantay Legans 40 4.4 Dennis Gates 30 0.8 Shahar Gordon 19 0.6 Donte Smith 17 1.9 Robbie Jones 16 0.4 Brian Wethers 15 1.7 Joe Shipp 12 1.3 Nick Vander Laan 9 1.0 Solomon Hughes 5 0.1

*Cal statistics only

Portland State Scouting Report
A Look at Portland State (6-3)
Portland State is 6-3 on the season, going 0-3 vs. Pac-10 schools and 6-0 against everyone else. Most recently, the Vikings lost at Washington State, 68-62, on Dec. 20. Portland State is in its fourth year of men's basketball since reinstating the program prior to the 1996-97 season.

Cal-Portland State Series History
Cal leads the series, 1-0, having defeated the Vikings, 74-61, on Dec. 18, 1997 at the New Arena in Oakland. Raymond King scored a Cal career-high 21 points in the game.

Portland State Head Coach Joel Sobotka
Joel Sobotka is in his second season as head coach at Portland State. In his first year, he guided the Vikings to a 17-11 record and a tie for third in the Big Sky Conference.

Probable Starters

Pos No Name            Ht  Wt Yr  Ppg Rpg
  F 11 Ime Udoka      6-6 215 Sr 14.8 7.8  
  F 30 Hasan Artharee 6-6 235 Sr 12.8 4.3  
  F 42 Luke Dean      6-7 220 Jr  3.1 3.4
  G 23 Derek Nesland  6-6 180 Sr 14.2 2.4
  G 25 Ivan Garner    6-1 195 Sr  5.4 1.8
Golden Bear Notes
Bears Upend No. 22 Gonzaga at Newell Challenge
Junior forward Sean Lampley scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half to lead Cal to a 72-64 victory over 22nd-ranked Gonzaga in the third annual Pete Newell Challenge Dec. 21 at the New Arena in Oakland. The Bears jumped out to a 14-2 lead and were up by as many as 13 points (30-17) in the first half before Gonzaga battled back for a 58-53 lead with seven minutes left. A three-point play by sophomore center Solomon Hughes, though, started a 14-2 Cal run that put the Bears up for good. The Bears made six of their last seven free throws to clinch the victory, Cal's third straight in the Challenge after beating BYU, 68-64, in 1997 and North Carolina, 78-71, last year.

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. What he probably didn't expect was the magnitude of their impact on the team so early in the year. Every freshman has started at least three games, with Joe Shipp starting eight of nine. Three times this year Cal has started four freshmen in a game with junior Sean Lampley the only veteran in the lineup. As a group, the five newcomers average 45.6 ppg (60.6% of team total), 15.6 rpg (43.9%) and 10.6 apg (63.4%). Shipp ranks second on the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg, including a best of 22 at Colorado, while center Nick Vander Laan was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team. Guard Shantay Legans paces the Bears in both assists (40) and steals (16). In addition, guards Donte Smith and Brian Wethers have started six times together and provided solid play in the backcourt.

Hot Shots!: 3 Players Better Than 54% from Floor
The last two seasons, Cal has shot less than 44.0% from the floor as a team - 43.8% in 1997-98 and 43.2% last year. But this year, the Bears are at 48.5%, shooting better than 50% from the field four times in nine games (season high: 57.1% vs. San Jose State). Leading the way is freshman center Nick Vander Laan, who is 43-of-70 from the field, good for 61.4%. In addition, both junior forward Sean Lampley (56.2%) and freshman forward Joe Shipp (54.8%) are above the 54% level, meaning Cal's top three scorers are making a combined 57.3% of their attempts.

Hot Shots! Part Deux
Not only are the Bears proving they can score from the field, but they have a couple of players nailing their three-point and free throw attempts at a pretty fair rate. Freshman Shantay Legans is 12-for-22 from beyond the arc (54.5%), including a 5-for-7 effort vs. San Jose State. Freshman Joe Shipp leads the Bears in treys with 17 and is sinking his at a 44.7% clip. From the free throw line, Shipp tops the charts at a perfect 14-for-14, while Legans is at 90.9% (20-22).

Pac-10 Standings

                 Pac-10 Overall
Stanford           0-0     9-0
Oregon             0-0     6-1
Arizona            0-0     9-2
California         0-0     7-2
UCLA               0-0     7-2
Oregon State       0-0     7-2
Arizona State      0-0     6-3
Washington State   0-0     5-3
USC                0-0     6-5
Washington         0-0     5-5
This Week in the Pac-10
Dec. 28 - UNC Wilmington at Arizona, Bucknell at Arizona State, Boston Univ. at California, Oregon vs. Wake Forest, Oregon State at Utah, Pepperdine at UCLA

Dec. 29 - Arizona State at ASU Holiday Classic, California at Golden Bear Classic, New Hampshire at Stanford, Oregon at Rainbow Classic, Northwestern at USC

Dec. 30 - Arizona at Fiesta Classic, Oregon at Rainbow Classic, Stanford at Stanford Invitational, Purdue at UCLA, Washington at New Mexico State, Washington State at Colorado State

Jan. 2 - Davidson at California, Washington at New Mexico

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 (9.7 rpg) and minutes (33.9 mpg) and ranking second in assists (2.9 apg). He has had double-doubles four times this season - 16-12 vs. TCU, 26-12 vs. Houston, 22-13 vs. Pacific and 16-10 vs. UC Irvine. The 26 points on 10-of-16 field goal shooting against UH just missed his career best of 28 points set in the first round of the NIT last year against Fresno State. He also had a Pac-10-high 15 boards vs. Hofstra. Lampley now has 17 career double-doubles and has led Cal on the boards 32 times in his last 41 games. His 7.5 career rpg average ties for 13th in school history and is the best for a Bear since Brian Hendrick averaged 8.5 rpg from 1990-93. With his eight rebounds against Gonzaga Dec. 21, Lampley passed the 500 mark, giving him 507 in his career.

Cal Maintains Unbeaten On-Campus Streak
After a two-year hiatus, Cal has picked up right where it left off on campus with four home wins this season, giving the Bears 22 consecutive victories in Berkeley. The streak, which included a 7-0 mark in Harmon Gym in 1995-96 and an 11-0 mark there in 1996-97, is the second longest in school history. The only longer on-campus winning streak came between Dec. 27, 1958 and Dec. 16, 1960 when the Bears won 26 games in a row at home. During its current run, Cal played seven "home" games off campus in 1995-96 (6 at the Oakland Arena, 1 at the San Jose Arena) and three games at the Cow Palace in '96-97. The last two years, the Bears played all of their home games at the Oakland Arena.

Cal's Longest On-Campus Homecourt Winning Streaks

Games  Dates
   26  Dec. 27, 1958 to Dec. 16, 1960  
   22  Nov. 25, 1995 to present (7-0 in '95-96, 11-0 in '96-97, 4-0 in '99-00)
   16  February 1953 to Jan. 30, 1954
   15  Dec. 8, 1945 to March 8, 1946
   13  Jan. 31, 1925 to 1927-28.
Three-Point Shot Back in Cal Offense
After making an average of just 3.5 three-pointers per game and shooting a Pac-10-low 31.0 percent from long range last season, the Bears have become much better three-point shooters this year. A trio of freshmen are shooting at least 37.0 percent from behind the arc, led by Shantay Legan's 54.5 percent (12-22). Joe Shipp is 17-for-38 (44.7%) and Donte Smith is 10-for-27 (37.0%). As a team, Cal is at 36.1 percent and making 5.3 per contest. The Bears have made more than five in a game four times already. As a comparison, it took Cal 33 games to reach that total last season.

Bears Proving to Be Second Half Team
So far this season, Cal is proving to be a much better second half team. Overall, the Bears are shooting 44.2 percent from the floor (119-269) and averaging 35.0 ppg in the first halves of games, but raise those numbers to 53.2 percent (132-248) and 40.2 ppg after intermission. The difference is even more dramatic at home - 39.5 percent and 31.5 ppg in the first half, 60.0 percent and 43.3 ppg in the second half. The biggest turnaround came in a 68-61 win over Hofstra Nov. 29. Cal trailed 25-23, shooting just 26.9 percent, at the break. But in the second half, the Bears scored 45 points and shot 68.2 percent from the field.

Cal Posts 21-3 Non-Conference Record Last 2 Years
With its 7-2 start to the 1999-2000 season, Cal has upped its non-conference record to 21-3 over the last two seasons. Last year, the Bears were 14-1, going 9-1 prior to the start of Pac-10 play and then posting a 5-0 mark in their run to the NIT championship. At home, Cal has not lost a non-conference game since a 64-61 loss to Saint Mary's on Nov. 29, 1997 at the New Arena, giving the Bears a 17-game home winning streak vs. non-Pac-10 opponents. On campus (Harmon Gym and Haas Pavilion), the non-conference streak is at 19 games, dating back to an 81-75 setback to Houston on Dec. 21, 1991 in Harmon Gym.

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:

Year      Fr So Jr Sr
1999-2000  5  3  1  2
1994-95    6  3  2  2
1992-93    3  5  2  2
1980-81    2  5  3  1
Gordon Out Following Knee Surgery
Sophomore center Shahar Gordon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Dec. 17. He is expected to miss 4-5 weeks of action and hopes to be able to return by late January. Gordon had been averaging 1.5 ppg and 0.8 rpg, seeing action in five of Cal's first six games. He had similar surgery on the same knee over the summer while at home in Israel, but doctors said the two injuries were unrelated.

Legans Leads from the Point
Point guard Shantay Legans may have only started Cal's last three games, but he hasn't let that fact keep him from being a floor leader. Legans is second on the team in minutes played (27.7 mpg) and has a team-high 40 assists (4.4 apg) and just 20 turnovers. Against San Jose State Dec. 7, he clearly had his best game with 19 points and four assists. He also had a strong game off the bench against Hofstra with nine points, eight assists, two steals and no turnovers. In Cal's most recent contest vs. Gonzaga, he helped hold preseason All-American Matt Santangelo to just two points on 1-for-13 shooting from the floor. Overall, Legans is averaging 8.7 ppg, shooting, 54.5% from three-point range (12-22) and 90.9% from the free throw line (20-22). He also has a team-best 16 steals, including four vs. UC Irvine.

Shipp Provides Consistency for Bears
Early in his freshman season, forward Joe Shipp has proven to be the most consistent newcomer for the Bears. Now second on the team in scoring with an average of 12.3 ppg, Shipp has reached double figures in five consecutive games and in seven of nine contests. He tied for team honors with 20 points in his debut game vs. TCU at the Top of the World Classic, then posted a career-best 22 points at Colorado Dec. 4. Shipp has also proven to be an accurate shooter, making 54.8 percent of his attempts overall, 44.7 percent from three-point range (17-38) and all 14 of his free throw tries (100%). In addition, he is third on the squad in rebounding with 3.4 rpg, including a best of nine vs. Houston.

Golden Bear Classic History
Cal has won four of the previous six Golden Bear Classics, including the past three in a row. The first three tournaments were played at the Oakland Arena, with the Bears defeating Tulane (83-70) in the inaugural event in December 1993. Cal reached the final the next two seasons, but lost both times, 76-73 in OT to Alabama in 1994 and 65-58 to Kansas State in '95. After the Bears beat Cal Poly, 77-59, for the 1996 title in Harmon Gym, the Classic returned to Oakland, where Cal won, 66-57, over Virginia Commonwealth in 1997 and, 94-65, over SW Louisiana last year. Sean Lampley, who had 10 points and 15 boards vs. Eastern Kentucky and five points and a career-best eight assists against USL, was voted the 1998 MVP.

Golden Bear Notes -
Cal head coach Ben Braun needs three more wins for 400 in his career, he enters the Golden Bear Classic with a 397-272 record - 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 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 - Cal has won four of its last five home games against ranked opponents, beating No. 9 North Carolina (78-71, 12/29/98), No. 9 UCLA (85-69, 2/13/99), No. 7 Arizona (89-76, 2/25/99) and No. 22 Gonzaga (72-64, 12/21/99), the only loss was to No. 4 Stanford (57-55, 2/3/99).