Feb. 29, 2000
Game No. 27
UCLA Bruins(15-11, 6-8) at California Golden Bears(15-11, 6-8)
Thursday, March 2, 2000 - 7:30 p.m.
Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: Fox Sports Net
Game No. 28
USC Trojans (14-12, 7-7, at Stanford March 2) at California
Saturday, March 4, 2000 - 5 p.m.
Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
TV: Fox Sports Net Bay Area
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
Cal plays its final two home games of the regular season when the Bears host UCLA and USC this week in Haas Pavilion. After splitting decisions at Washington and Washington State last weekend, Cal needs a big finish to try to secure an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.
After winning three in a row in early February, including a road sweep of the Bruins and Trojans, the Bears are just 1-3 in their last four contests. Cal appeared to have righted its ship with a 75-64 victory at Washington last Thursday, but the Bears then fell in overtime at WSU, 81-78. The close call in Pullman marked Cal's 10th game decided by four points or less then year, and the Bears are 4-6 in those contests.
With so many youngsters on Cal's roster -- nine of the 11 players in the rotation are either freshmen or sophomores -- head coach Ben Braun has used 11 different starting lineups, making his most recent change at Washington last Thursday.
One of the newcomers to the opening group is freshman guard Donte Smith, who averaged 11.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg on the road trip. He was especially clutch from the free throw line, hitting 6-of-7 in the last minute at UW and going 6-for-6 from the stripe at WSU.
Another freshman guard, Shantay Legans, had 20 points at WSU and now leads the Pac-10 in both three-point (47.4%) and free throw (87.3%) shooting.
Despite coming off the bench in Washington, freshman center Nick Vander Laan has overtaken Sean Lampley for the team rebounding lead. Vander Laan, who has paced Cal in the glass 11 times in Pac-10 play, has 186 boards to Lampley's 185. Lampley, though, continues to lead the Bears in scoring with 16.2 ppg.
Probable Starters & Key Reserves
|F||21||Sean Lampley||6-7||225||Jr||16.2||7.1||28 points at Washington (11-15 FG, 6-8 FT), 75 assists|
|F||42||Ryan Forehan-Kelly||6-5||195||So||2.5||2.3||Walk-on has started 6 games, 17 points at Oregon State|
|C||14||Solomon Hughes||6-11||230||So||5.0||3.4||Leads team with 28 blocks, 55.9 FG%, 4 blocks vs. WSU 1/27|
|G||3||Donte Smith||6-2||195||FrR||6.7||1.8||Averaged 11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg last two games|
|G||15||Dennis Gates||6-3||190||So||4.5||1.3||Set career high with 13 points at UCLA (3-6 FG, 2-4 3P, 5-5 FT)|
|G||10||Raymond King||5-10||170||Sr||1.5||1.1 apg||10 points vs. Arizona State (3-3 FG, 4-4 FT)|
|G||12||Shantay Legans||5-10||165||Fr||9.5||3.5 apg||47.4 3P% (36-76), team-high 40 steals, including 5 vs. UW 1/29|
|F||25||Brian Wethers||6-5||205||Fr||6.4||3.3||First double-double vs. ASU: 16 points, 10 rebounds|
|C||32||Nick Vander Laan||6-10||250||Fr||9.9||7.2||Led Cal in rebounding 13 times in last 16 games, 8.0 rpg in Pac-10|
|F||34||Joe Shipp||6-5||215||Fr||9.8||3.1||Tied career high with 22 points vs. WSU 1/27, 33 three-pointers|
Head Coach: Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75) -- 72-46 at Cal (4th year) & 405-281 overall (23rd year)
Cal on the Radio
All California games will be broadcast on KABL Radio (960 AM) in San Francisco and KATD Radio (990 AM) in Concord with Roxy Bernstein calling the action. Each broadcast begins 20 minutes prior to tip-off with the Cal Basketball Pregame Show. After the game, head coach Ben Braun will recap the action on the Cal Basketball Postgame Show. In addition to the radio, broadcasts can be heard on the Internet at www.broadcast.com.
All Cal releases, results, statistics, box scores, schedules and coach and player information, as well as historical data, is available on the Internet at www.calbears.com. Game recaps and statistics are updated after each contest. The site also includes information on all 27 of Cal's teams.
Cal Radio on Telephone
All Cal basketball radio broadcasts during the 1999-2000 season are available nationwide via telephone through TRZ Telephone Broadcast Services. Fans may access the Cal games from anywhere in the country by dialing 800-846-4700, extension 5918. The cost is 50 cents for the first minute, with decreasing rates for each addition minute.
Cal returned to campus this season with the opening of the new 12,172-seat Walter A. Haas Jr. Pavilion. The $57.5 million facility is a renovated and expanded version of old Harmon Gym. In addition to the basketball court, the building features coaching and administrative office space, locker rooms, a spacious weight room and athletic training facilities, as well as media work and interview rooms. While Haas Pavilion was under construction, Cal played the last two seasons at the New Arena in Oakland.
Cal Coach Ben Braun
Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75), who was named the 14th head coach in Cal history on Sept. 15, 1996, is in his fourth year in Berkeley and 23rd season as collegiate head coach. His record at Cal stands at 72-46, while his career mark, which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College, is 405-281. The 1997 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and a finalist for '97 National Coach of the Year honors, Braun led the Bears to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1997 and to the NIT championship in 1999. In October 1997, he agreed to a new eight-year contract that extends through the 2004-05 season. At EMU from 1985-96, the three-time MAC Coach of the Year guided the Eagles to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT appearance with an overall record of 185-132. He was also 148-103 from 1977-85 at Siena Heights. A native of Chicago, Braun played one year of basketball at Wisconsin-LaCrosse before transferring to Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a teaching degree in English with a minor in African-American studies in 1975. He received his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Siena Heights.
UCLA Scouting Report
A Look at UCLA (15-11, 6-8)
UCLA won both its games last weekend over Oregon and Oregon State to move into a tie with Cal in the Pac-10 standings. The Bruins altered their starting lineup in the those contests, inserting Sean Farnham in place of Jerome Moiso. Despite coming off the bench, Moiso still averaged 14.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg in the victories.
Cal-UCLA Series History
UCLA leads the series, 115-87. Cal won, 73-70, in Los Angeles on Feb. 5 and, coupled with an 85-67 victory at the Oakland Arena last year, will be looking for its first three-game winning streak over the Bruins since 1994-95.
UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin
Steve Lavin is 85-37 in his fourth season at UCLA. During his first season with the Bruins, he led the team to a Pac-10 title and the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
|G||25||Earl Watson||6-0||183||Jr||11.7||5.0 apg|
UCLA Scouting Report
A Look at USC (14-12, 7-7, at Stanford 3/2)
Since getting out to a 6-1 start to Pac-10 play, USC is 1-6 since. However, the Trojans are expecting forward Sam Clancy to return this weekend. Before he went out with an injury four games into the conference schedule, he was averaging 17.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg
Cal-USC Series History
Cal has won 10 of the last 11 meetings with USC, including a 66-62 victory in Los Angeles Feb. 3. The Bears have also won seven straight at home in the series and five in a row overall.
USC Head Coach Henry Bibby
Henry Bibby is 57-53 in his fifth season at USC. A former All-American guard at UCLA, he has guided the Trojans to one NCAA and one NIT berth.
|G||5||Brandon Granville||5-9||175||So||13.6||8.1 apg|
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
* - Cal statistics only
Golden Bear NotesCal Falls in OT at Washington State, 81-78
Chris Crosby scored 33 points to lead Washington State to an 81-78 overtime victory over Cal Saturday in Pullman. The Cougars, led by Crosby's eight three-pointers, were 12-for-20 from behind the arc. Cal fell behind by 10 points early in the first half, but took a 57-47 lead in the second period before WSU tied it with six seconds left in regulation. Shantay Legans paced the Bears with 20 points.
Bears Mix and Match Line-ups
With so many underclassmen on the roster this year, head coach Ben Braun has found it difficult to stick with one lineup very long. So far, Cal has sported 11 different starting fivesomes using 11 different players. No group has been together more than six games. The most recent change came at Washington last Thursday when Dennis Gates, Solomon Hughes, Ryan Forehan-Kelly, Sean Lampley and Donte Smith all began a game for the first time together.
|Cal's Starting Lineups in 1999-2000||Record||Game #|
|Hughes, Lampley, Shipp, Smith, Wethers||2-1||1-3|
|Lampley, Shipp, Smith, Vander Laan, Wethers||2-1||4-6|
|Gates, Hughes, Lampley, Legans, Shipp||3-1||7, 9-11|
|Gates, Hughes, Lampley, Legans, Wethers||1-0||8|
|Lampley, Legans, Shipp, Vander Laan, Wethers||1-1||12-13|
|Gates, Lampley, Legans, Vander Laan, Wethers||2-4||14-15, 21-24|
|Hughes, Lampley, Legans, Smith, Wethers||1-0||16|
|Forehan-Kelly, Gordon, King, Vander Laan, Wethers||0-1||17|
|Forehan-Kelly, Lampley, Legans, Smith, Vander Laan||1-1||18-19|
|Forehan-Kelly, Gates, Lampley, Legans, Vander Laan||1-0||20|
|Forehan-Kelly, Gates, Hughes, Lampley, Smith||1-1||25-26|
Lampley Joins 1000-Point, 600-Rebound Club
By scoring 28 points and adding five rebounds at Washington last Thursday, junior forward Sean Lampley became just the 11th player in Cal history to record 1,000 career points and 600 career rebounds. Lampley now ranks 25th on the Bears all-time scoring list with 1,043 points, while he is 14th in rebounding with 606 boards, passing Lamond Murray (596 rebounds) Thursday's night. The last player with 1,000 points and 600 rebounds at Cal was Brian Hendrick, who completed his career (1990-93) with 1,556 points and 898 boards. The MVP of last year's NIT, Lampley leads Cal in scoring (16.2 ppg) and is second in rebounding (7.1 rpg) this season. He has six double-doubles, including one with 14 points and 12 assists vs. Davidson. In addition, he has reached the 20-point mark seven times with a career-best 29 at Oregon Jan. 13, and was named to all-tournament teams at both the Top of the World Classic and the Golden Bear Classic.
|Cal Career Scoring List||Cal Career Rebounding List|
|21. Ed Gray (1996-97)||1,082||10. John Coughran (1971-73)||672|
|22. Kevin Singleton (1977-81)||1,068||11. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71)||660|
|23. Larry Friend (1955-57)||1,061||12. Bob Presley (1968-69)||629|
|24. Michael Pitts (1980-84)||1,044||13. Mark McNamara (1981-82)||613|
|25. Sean Lampley (1998-present)||1,043||14. Sean Lampley (1998-present)||606|
Freshmen Class Makes Big Impact on Bears
Before the start of the season, head coach Ben Braun stated that all five Cal freshmen would get a chance to contribute right away for the Bears -- and the quintet has certainly lived up to expectations. Every freshman has started at least 11 games, with Brian Wethers and Shantay Legans starting 17 each and Nick Vander Laan starting 15. Five times this year Cal has started four freshmen in a game -- including the Pac-10 opener vs. Arizona -- with junior Sean Lampley the only veteran in the lineup. As a group, the five newcomers average 42.4 ppg (58.0% of team total), 17.5 rpg (53.0%) and 8.3 apg (59.0%). Vander Laan leads the Bears in rebounding with 7.2 rpg and ranks second in scoring at 9.9 ppg. Joe Shipp is averaging 9.8 ppg, while Legans, who had 28 points vs. Arizona State, paces the Bears in both assists (91) and steals (40). In addition, guards Donte Smith (6.7 ppg, 79.2 FT%,) and Brian Wethers (6.4 ppg, 51 assists) have provided solid play in the backcourt.
Production By Class in 1999-2000
|Year||Points (ppg / %)||Rebounds (rpg / %)||Assists (apg / %)|
|Senior||43 (1.7 / 2.3%)||21 (0.8 / 2.5%)||27 (1.0 / 7.3%)|
|Junior||426 (16.4 / 22.4%)||185 (7.1 / 21.6%)||75 (2.9 / 20.4%)|
|Sophomore||329 (12.7 / 17.3%)||190 (7.3 / 22.2%)||43 (1.7 / 11.7%)|
|Freshman||1102 (42.4 / 58.0%)||454 (17.5 / 53.0%)||217 (8.3 / 59.0%)|
% = percent of team total
This Week in the Pac-10
March 2 -- Arizona at Oregon State, Arizona State at Oregon, UCLA at California, USC at Stanford
March 4 -- Arizona at Oregon, Arizona State at Oregon State, USC at California, UCLA at Stanford, Washington State at Washington
The Pac-10 will hold media-only teleconferences with Pac-10 head coaches 10 times throughout the 1999-2000 season. Media should call the Pac-10 office at 925-932-4411 to obtain the number. A taped replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 4 p.m. PT following each call at 402-220-9927. Below are the teleconference dates for this season:
Tuesday, Jan. 11 Tuesday, Jan. 18 Tuesday, Jan. 25 Tuesday, Feb. 1 Tuesday, Feb. 8 Tuesday, Feb. 15 Tuesday, Feb. 22 Tuesday, Feb. 29 Tuesday, March 7
The order of coaches is as follows:
10:35 a.m. E. Kent, Oregon 10:43 a.m. R. Evans, ASU 10:51 a.m. E. Payne, OSU 10:59 a.m. L. Olson, Arizona 11:07 a.m. B. Braun, California 11:15 a.m. P. Graham, WSU 11:23 a.m. M. Montgomery, Stanford 11:31 a.m. H. Bibby, USC 11:39 a.m. B. Bender, Washington 11:47 a.m. S. Lavin, UCLA
Final Home Games for 5 Cal Seniors
Five Cal seniors will be playing their final home games this weekend when the Bears host UCLA and USC. The players are Raymond King, Robbie Jones, Cassidy Raher, J.T. Stephens and Ryan Meyers. King has appeared in 21 games this year, with one start against Stanford, and has averaged 1.5 ppg and 1.1 apg. Jones, a former walk-on, has seen action in eight games, while Raher, Stephens and Meyers are all members of Cal's "Gold Team," which works out against the starters in practice.
Freshmen Alter Top 10 Lists
Now that the season is in its final weeks, several Cal newcomers have put their names on Cal's all-time freshman lists. Both Shantay Legans (36) and Joe Shipp (33) are in the Top 5 in three-pointers made, while Legans (47.4%) ranks first in three-point shooting. Nick Vander Laan is also fifth in rebounding with 186 boards.
|Cal Freshman Three-Point List||Cal Freshman Three-Point Percentage|
|1. Ryan Drew||60||1988||1. Shantay Legans||36-76||.474||2000|
|2. Bryant Walton||38||1987||2. Bryant Walton||38-94||.404||1987|
|3. K.J. Roberts||36||1992||3. Ryan Drew||60-152||.395||1988|
|3. Shantay Legans||36||2000||4. K.J. Roberts||36-93||.387||1992|
|5. Joe Shipp||33||2000||5. Donte Smith||25-67||.373||2000|
|Cal Freshman Rebounding List||Cal Freshman Free Throw Percentage|
|1. Bob McKeen||249||1952||1. Shantay Legans||55-63||.873||2000|
|2. Brian Hendrick||242||1990||2. Michael Chavez||50-61||.820||1980|
|3. Shareef Abdur-Rahim||236||1996||3. Roy Fisher||49-61||.803||1988|
|4. Michael Pitts||198||1980||4. Donte Smith||42-53||.792||2000|
|5. Nick Vander Laan||186||2000||5. Jerod Haase||56-71||.789||1993|
Vander Laan Raises Numbers in Pac-10 Play
Freshman center Nick Vander Laan has ranked among Cal's leaders in scorers and rebounders throughout the season. But since the start of Pac-10 play, he has become much more of a force under the boards, averaging 8.0 rpg. In 14 league games, Vander Laan has paced the team 11 times in rebounding, including five double-doubles. His first came in the opener vs. Arizona when he finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Vander Laan followed that effort with consecutive double-doubles against Stanford (15-11), Washington State (12-12) and Washington (10-13), and he added another vs. Oregon State (11-11). Overall, Vander Laan has now eclipsed Sean Lampley as the team leader. He is averaging 7.2 rpg to Lampley's 7.1 rpg.
Trio Provides Support in the Middle
Sophomore center Solomon Hughes, freshman center Nick Vander Laan and sophomore center Shahar Gordon have given the Bears a stronger presence in the middle this year than they have in recent seasons. Hughes, who has started 11 games, is averaging 5.0 ppg on 55.9 percent shooting from the floor. He has twice broken his career high this season, first with 11 points vs. Boston University, then with 12 against Davidson. Vander Laan, a member of the staring lineup 15 times, ranks second on the Bears in scoring with 9.9 ppg and first in rebounding with 7.2 rpg. He had a high of 23 points against Oklahoma and was named to the all-tournament team at the Golden Bear Classic. Vander Laan also has five double-doubles, all coming in Pac-10 play. Gordon, who missed five games following arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 17, got his first start of the year against Stanford Jan. 22. He came through with a career-high-tying seven points and three rebounds.
Recent Cal Center Production
1999-2000: Solomon Hughes, Nick Vander Laan, Shahar Gordon -- 16.2 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 48.7 FG%
1998-99: Francisco Elson, Solomon Hughes, Shahar Gordon -- 9.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 48.2 FG%
1997-98: Francisco Elson, Kenyon Jones -- 10.8 ppg, 8.2 ppg, 45.5 FG%
1996-97: Michael Stewart, Kenyon Jones -- 11.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 51.6 FG%
Pac-10 Statistical Leaders
(as of Feb. 28, 2000)
|4. Sean Lampley||16.2 ppg|
|7. Nick Vander Laan||7.2 rpg|
|8. Sean Lampley||7.1 rpg|
|8. Shantay Legans||3.50 apg|
|9. Shantay Legans||1.54 spg|
|9. Solomon Hughes||1.08 bpg|
|Field Goal Shooting|
|8. Sean Lampley||51.4%|
|1. Shantay Legans||47.4%|
|Free Throw Shooting|
|1. Shantay Legans||87.3%|
|Scoring Offense||7th||73.1 ppg|
|Scoring Defense||6th||70.7 ppg|
|FG Pct. Defense||7th||43.8%|
|3P Pct. Defense||10th||38.3%|
Walk-on Forehan-Kelly Key Member of Rotation
Sophomore Ryan Forehan-Kelly, a 6-5 forward from Irvine, had scored just 12 points all year heading into Cal's game at Oregon State Jan. 15. But in 19 minutes against the Beavers, he tallied a career-high and team-best 17 points (6-7 FG, 4-5 3P, 1-2 FT) with four rebounds and two steals. That performance earned him a place in the starting lineup, a position he held for four consecutive games through Feb. 3 at USC. He rejoined the starting group last Thursday at Washington and has six starts on the year. Forehan-Kelly, who is in his second year as a walk-on for the Bears, has appeared 23 of Cal's 26 games this season. For the year, he is averaging 2.5 ppg (48.9 FG%, 11-25 3P) and 2.3 rpg. He missed the Feb. 12 Oregon game with a sprained shoulder, but came back to score seven points at Stanford Feb. 19. Forehan-Kelly is one of five walk-ons on the Cal roster, a list that includes seniors J.T. Stephens, Cassidy Raher and Ryan Meyers, and junior Morgan Lingle.
Legans Contributing in Several Areas
Point guard Shantay Legans is showing that he can contribute to Cal's effort in several different areas during his freshman season. Not only does he pace the team in assists (91, 3.5 apg) and steals (40, 1.5 spg), but he also leads the Pac-10 in three-point shooting (47.4%, 36-76) and free throw shooting (87.3%, 55-63). In fact, Legans three-point accuracy rates among the best in Cal history.
Cal Season Three-Point Shooting
|1. Billy Dreher (1991)||56-112||.500|
|2. Shantay Legans (2000)||36-76||.474|
|3. Bill Elleby (1992)||64-138||.464|
|4. Keith Smith (1990)||42-91||.462|
Gordon to Return to Israel after Season
Sophomore center Shahar Gordon will return to his native Israel after the season to fulfill his two-year military commitment. Gordon, who has averaged 1.8 ppg and 1.4 rpg in 12 games this season, has already received two one-year exemptions to play at Cal. His military service begins April 2 and he plans to work with his professors to be able to complete his spring semester coursework overseas. Gordon said he would consider a return to Cal once his military obligation is completed.
Bear Squad Youngest in School History
With only three upperclassmen among its 11 scholarship players, this year's Cal team is the youngest in school history. The Bears lost four starters and their sixth man following their NIT championship run last spring, leaving them with just two seniors and one junior for the current campaign. A look at past rosters shows that every previous Cal squad had at least four upperclassmen. Below is a look at several of the youngest squads to play for the Bears:
Golden Bear Notes ...
In Pac-10 games, Cal is 1-5 when Sean Lampley leads the team in scoring, the Bears were 5-1 in non-league games when Lampley led the team ... head coach Ben Braun picked up his 400th career victory with a 71-65 win at Oregon State Jan. 15 ... the 10 three-pointers (19 attempts) by Cal against San Jose State were the most for the Bears since they had 11 (19 attempts) at Stanford on Jan. 31, 1996, Cal also had 10 treys vs. Washington State Jan. 27 ... Shantay Legans had five three-pointers vs. San Jose State, the most for a Cal player since Geno Carlisle had five at Oregon State on Jan. 5, 1998, Donte Smith later had five treys vs. Oregon State Feb. 10 ... Legans also had five steals vs. Washington Jan. 29, the most for a Bear since Dennis Gates also had five vs. Eastern Washington on Nov. 25, 1998.