Nov. 9, 2001
BERKELEY - Cal overcame a sloppy first half with a productive and efficient second half as the Bears defeated EA Sports, 97-67, Friday night at Haas Pavilion in the team's final tune-up before the regular season gets underway next week.
Freshman Amit Tamir also made his debut in a Bear uniform, getting a start and finishing with six points, five rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes. Tamir will now have to sit out the next eight games because he played with professionals as a member of the Israeli National team. He will return to the lineup Dec. 28 vs. Harvard.
Cal and EA Sports combined for 30 turnovers and 26 fouls in the first half. The Bears shot just 43.3 percent from the field and made only 1-of-12 from three-point range. Still, Cal led, 39-25, at the break.
After intermission, the Bears shot 57.5 percent from the floor and outscored their exhibition opponent, 58-42, over the final 20 minutes.
Thirteen of the 14 players who suited up scored for the Bears, who ended the game with a 48-33 rebound advantage. Ryan Forehan-Kelly added nine points, making all four of his field goal attempts, while Dennis Gates also had nine points.
Brian Wethers sat out his second consecutive game with tendinitis in a knee. He has been practicing with the team all week and was held out for precautionary measure. Head coach Ben Braun said he should return next Thursday against Princeton in the opener.