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Carlisle, Kilgore Named Co-MVPs of Men's Basketball Team
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

April 6, 1999

Senior guards Geno Carlisle and Thomas Kilgore were named Cal's co-MVPs at the men's basketball team's annual banquet Tuesday night at Hs Lordship's in the Berkeley Marina.

Other awards were presented to:

  • Sean Lampley and Francisco Elson - Co-Most Improved Player
  • Carl Boyd - Top Defensive Player
  • Mike Gill - Most Courageous Player
  • Dennis Gates and Morgan Lingle - Co-Most Outstanding Student Athlete

    Carlisle led the Bears in both scoring and assists during the 1998-99 season with 15.9 ppg and 3.9 apg. He totaled a season-best 29 points in Cal's victory over North Carolina in December and sank the game-winning bucket and free throw to clinch the Bears 61-60 win over Clemson in the NIT championship game.

    Kilgore averaged 14.2 ppg and paced Cal with 55 steals. He joined UCLA's Baron Davis as the only two players in the Pac-10 to score in double figures in every league game. Kilgore scored a season-high 34 points at Washington State in February.

    Lampley averaged 12.4 ppg and paced the team with 8.9 rpg - the highest rebounding average at Cal since 1992. Elson was the team-leader in blocks with 42. He also shot 51.3 percent from the floor, much higher than the 43.1 percent he shot as a junior in 1997-98.

    Boyd started 22 games for the Bears, including the NIT championship against Clemson. He averaged 6.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg with his best game being a 14-point, 15-rebound performance versus UCLA. Gill totaled a career-high 22 points - all in the second half - in the NIT semifinals against Oregon and ended the year averaging 10.3 ppg.

    Cal completed the 1998-99 season with a 22-11 record, capturing the NIT title for the first time in school history.

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