March 17, 2000
BERKELEY - Below are selected quotes from head coach Ben Braun about Tuesday's second round NIT matchup with Georgetown. The game tips off at 6 p.m. from Haas Pavilion. For tickets, season ticket holders should call 800-GO BEARS (open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), while tickets for the general public are available through BASS (510-762-2277) or at www.tickets.com.
On Georgetown's ability to run this season:
I think they can get up and down. Their transition is good. They're going to score a lot of points off transition. They outlet the ball well. Their post players can really run the floor. They're a tough team to contain. When you score 115 points (in a 115-111 triple overtime win over Virginia), your offense is pretty high powered. (Kevin) Braswell is a very good player. He's the kind of guy who's going to get his points. We've got to do a good job of putting attention on him.
Comparing Georgetown teams of the 1980s to those of the 1990s:
They always seemed to have that one guy in the middle, a guy who really had presence defensively, as much as offensively. It was just really hard to get to the basket to score on them. They've got a couple of big guys now that, I think, make it tough for you to get in there and score. That tradition hasn't fallen off at all.
On Cal's performance against Long Beach State after playing UCLA, USC, Arizona State and Arizona to end the regular season:
We played some teams that were tournament bound, teams that were playing pretty well. They were some tough games. Hopefully, we learned a few things in those games about the importance of making some plays and decision-making.
It was a good team effort (against Long Beach State). We didn't knock some free throws down, which is disappointing. Hopefully, we'll work on that the next couple of days. I think we made some big plays down the stretch of the game. We also came out in the second half and made some adjustments. I think it's a sign of our team getting a little more mature.
I think Sean Lampley certainly made some adjustments, in terms of what he's got to do. Teams are really coming after him pretty hard. His ability to get the ball to people and do other things on the floor for us have definitely helped our team.
On whether Sean Lampley is playing the best of his career:
I would say so. His numbers haven't been as big has he's had in some previous games. But all around, if you add all his numbers up, he's giving us a total game. At the same time, what doesn't show up is his leadership. He's been there to provide that for our younger guys.