March 17, 2000
Game No. 32 Georgetown Hoyas (19-14) at California Golden Bears (17-14)
Tuesday, March 21, 6 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
Golden Bear Notes: Cal Edges Long Beach State in NIT First Round
Junior forward Sean Lampley finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists to lead Cal to a 70-66 victory over Long Beach State last Wednesday before 5,558 in Haas Pavilion. Senior guard Robbie Jones also tallied a career-high 19 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 3P, 3-4 FT) for the Bears. Cal trailed, 34-33, at the break, but opened the second half on a 12-1, keyed by six points and two assists from Lampley. The Bears built a 12-point advantage at 49-37 and were up by 10 at 61-51 with 5:04 left. Long Beach State cut it to 62-61 with 2:34 on the clock when Jones put Cal back ahead by three on a leaning jumper. But with the 49ers down, 68-66, with seven seconds left, Long Beach's Antrone Lee turned the ball over and Jones converted it into a layup to seal the victory.
Braun Improves to 8-1 in Postseason at Cal
With Cal's 70-66 win over Long Beach State Wednesday, head coach Ben Braun improved his postseason record to 8-1 with the Bears. In 1997, Braun led Cal to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with wins victories over Princeton and Villanova before losing to North Carolina. Last season, he guided the Bears to the NIT championship with a perfect 5-0 mark. Braun needs just two more win to tie Pete Newell for most postseason victories at Cal. Newell was 10-3 in four NCAA Tournaments from 1957-60, including the '59 title.
Jones Makes Most of Increased Playing Time
Senior guard Robbie Jones, a former walk-on who earned a scholarship over the summer, has made the most of his recent increase in playing time. Through the first 27 games of the season, Jones scored a total of two points (2 free throws) while seeing action in just nine contests. But he received a start against USC on Senior Day and responded with seven points. Jones has since kept his starting assignment and added six points at Arizona State, five points at Arizona and a career-best 19 against Long Beach State. In those contests, he his shooting 14-for-22 from the floor (63.6%) and 5-for-9 (55.6%) from three-point range.
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
Lampley Continues Climb Up Scoring Chart
Junior forward Sean Lampley, who has averaged 18.6 ppg his last seven games, has taken over the 19th spot on Cal's career scoring list with 1,131 points. He needs just 15 more to claim the 18th position on the all-time chart. In addition, Lampley has 644 career rebounds to rank 12th in Bear history, and he is just the 11th Cal player to accumulate at least 1,000 points and 600 rebounds. Brian Hendrick, who completed his career (1990-93) with 1,556 points and 898 boards, was the last to do it. The MVP of last year's NIT, Lampley has averaged 15.8 ppg and 9.3 rpg in six career NIT games, including 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists against Long Beach State last week.
Cal Career Scoring List
|Cal Career Rebounding List|
|15. John Coughran (1971-73)||1,183||8. Darrall Imhoff (1958-60)||712|
|16. Chris Washington (1984-87)||1,179||9. Roy Fisher (1988-91)||697|
|17. Michael Chavez (1980-83)||1,162||10. John Coughran (1971-73)||672|
|18. Butch Hays (1981-84)||1,145||11. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71)||660|
|19. Sean Lampley (1998-present)||1,131||12. Sean Lampley (1998-present)||644|
Golden Bear Notes
Cal has an all-time record of 9-3 in NIT games, including a 5-1 mark at home the Bears are seeking to become the NIT's first repeat champion since St. John's in 1943-44 in non-Pac-10 games, Cal is shooting 49.4 percent from the floor and has been better than 50 percent from the field seven times in 13 games Cal has used 15 different starting lineups in 31 games this year walk-on Ryan Forehan-Kelly is shooting 47.8 percent (22-46) from three-point range, the second-best percentage in school history (leader: Billy Dreher, 50.0%, 1991) Sean Lampley's 509 points in '99-00 rank 13th on the Cal single season list Shantay Legans and Nick Vander Laan were voted honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshman Dennis Gates was named second team Pac-10 All-Academic (3.27 GPA as an undeclared major), while Shahar Gordon and Donte Smith were honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.
Georgetown Scouting Report: A Look at Georgetown (19-14)
Georgetown advanced to the second round of the NIT with a 115-111 triple OT victory at Virginia last Wednesday. The Hoyas were led by sophomore guard Kevin Braswell's career-high 40 points. Georgetown was 6-10 during the Big East regular season, then beat both West Virginia (70-67) and Syracuse (76-72) to advance to the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
Cal-Georgetown Series History
This will be the first-ever meeting between Cal and Georgetown. The last time Cal played a Big East team, the Bears defeated Villanova, 75-68, in the second round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown Head Coach Craig Esherick Craig Esherick is in his first full season as head coach at Georgetown. He took over the program on Jan. 8, 1999 after John Thompson stepped down. A former Georgetown player, Esherick was an assistant to Thompson for 17 years before moving up to the head position.
|G||12||Kevin Braswell||6-2||190||So||15.2||5.3 apg|