March 22, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. - With its two wins in the NIT this year, head coach Ben Braun improved his postseason record to 9-1 with the Bears. In 1997, Braun led Cal to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with 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 one 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.
Golden Bear NotesBears Top Georgetown, 60-49, in Second Round
Junior forward Sean Lampley scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead Cal to a 60-49 victory over Georgetown in the second round of the NIT March 21 in Haas Pavilion. The Bears held the Hoyas to just 27.7 percent shooting from the floor (18-65) - the lowest for a Cal opponent this season. With guards Shantay Legans, Donte Smith, Robbie Jones and Raymond King hounding him all night, GU's Kevin Braswell, who scored a career-high 40 points at Virginia March 15, was just 1-for-12 from the floor and finished with three points. The Bears held a 41-40 lead with 8:07 left, then went on a 10-2 run to go up, 51-42, with 3:35 to go. Legans added 9 points and 7 assists for Cal. The 40 points by Georgetown set a Cal record for fewest points by an opponent in an NIT contest.
Game No. 33 California Golden Bears (18-14)
at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-14)
Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, Greensboro, NC
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 March 15 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 spurt, 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.
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||32||16|
|Nick Vander Laan||278||8.7|
|Nick Vander Laan||219||6.8|
|Nick Vander Laan||20||0.6|
*Cal statistics only
Lampley Continues Climb Up Scoring Chart
Junior forward Sean Lampley, who has averaged 18.8 ppg his last eight games, has taken over the 18th spot on Cal's career scoring list with 1,152 points. He needs just 11 more to claim the 17th position on the all-time chart. In addition, Lampley has 653 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 16.6 ppg and 9.3 rpg in seven career NIT games, including 20 points (10-18 FG), nine rebounds and six assists against Long Beach State and 21 points (8-11 FG, 5-7 FT) and nine boards vs. Georgetown.
|Cal Career Scoring List||Cal Career Rebounding List|
|14. Gene Ransom (1976-78)||1,185||8. Darrall Imhoff (1958-60)||712|
|15. John Coughran (1971-73)||1,183||9. Roy Fisher (1988-91)||697|
|16. Chris Washington (1984-87)||1,179||10. John Coughran (1971-73)||672|
|17. Michael Chavez (1980-83)||1,162||11. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71)||660|
|18. Sean Lampley (1998-present)||1,152||12. Sean Lampley (1998-present)||653|
Bears Pick Up Defense in NIT
After allowing opponents to shoot 44.2 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from three-point range during the regular season, Cal's defense has put the clamps down in the NIT. In their last two games, the Bears have limited Long Beach State and Georgetown to a combined 33.9 percent from the field and 27.1 percent from beyond the arc. Long Beach State shot 41.1 percent from the floor, while Georgetown was held to 27.7 percent.
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 has responded with a total of 39 points in his last five games, including a career-best 19 against Long Beach State. In those contests, he his shooting 14-for-24 from the floor (58.3%) and 5-for-11 (45.5%) from three-point range.
Cal-Wake Forest Series History
Cal owns a 2-0 series lead against Wake Forest, defeating the Demon Deacons, 81-65, on Dec. 22, 1992 in Oakland and winning, 73-72, on Dec. 30, 1993 in Winston-Salem. The last time the Bears made a trip to the state of North Carolina in the postseason, they beat Princeton (55-52) and Villanova (75-68) in the first two rounds of the 1997 NCAA East Regional at Joel Coliseum on Wake Forest's home floor.
Golden Bear Notes
Cal has an all-time record of 10-3 in NIT games, including a 6-1 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 48.7 percent from the floor and has been better than 50 percent from the field seven times in 14 games ... Cal has used 15 different starting lineups in 32 games this year ... walk-on Ryan Forehan-Kelly is shooting 47.1 percent (24-51) from three-point range, the second-best percentage in school history (leader: Billy Dreher, 50.0%, 1991) ... Sean Lampley's 530 points in '99-00 rank 12th 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 ... Legans' seven assists vs. Georgetown were his most in a game since having eight against Hofstra on Nov. 29 ... Cal set school records for total home attendance (192,730) and average home attendance (10,707), breaking marks set last year when all games were played at the New Arena in Oakland ... the Bears have made 174 three-pointers, their most since making 189 in 1994-95.