Jan. 17, 2000
Stanford Cardinal (14-1, 3-1) at California Golden Bears (10-6, 1-3)
Saturday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
ABC Regional with Terry Gannon and Quinn Buckner
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
Fresh off its first Pac-10 victory of the season, a 71-65 decision at Oregon State, Cal now starts a three-game homestand, beginning with third-ranked Stanford this Saturday in a game that will be televised regionally by ABC. Next week, the Bears host Washington State and Washington in Haas Pavilion.
Cal will be looking to break a five-game losing streak to Stanford, but the Bears have come close in their last two tries at home with both games taking place at the New Arena in Oakland. In 1998, Cal led, 36-31, at the break before the Cardinal prevailed, 74-72. Last year, the Bears held a 55-50 lead only see Stanford score the final seven points in a 57-55 victory.
In addition to trying to snap their string against the Cardinal, Cal will also be out to correct a recent trend at home. After winning 23 consecutive games on campus (in either Harmon Gym or Haas Pavilion), the Bears have lost three of their last four games by a total of 10 points with one game going to overtime.
Still, the young Cal squad, which has featured as many as four freshmen in the starting lineup, has played much better at home than on the road. Inside Haas, the Bears are outscoring their opponents by a 78.9 to 69.8 margin in posting a 6-3 record in the new facility. Cal is also out-rebounding the opposition (34.9 to 29.1) and forcing 3.44 more turnovers per game.
Individually, junior forward Sean Lampley continues to be the Bears leader in scoring (17.1 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg) and minutes (33.7 mpg), as well as the being team's second-best passer (3.3 apg). He has scored at least 20 points five times this year, including a career-high 29 at Oregon, and he has six double-doubles, with the most recent being a 14-point, 12-assist game vs. Davidson Jan. 2. In addition, Lampley was named to all-tournament teams at both the Top of the World Classic and the Golden Bear Classic.
Cal has also received improved play up front from sophomore center Solomon Hughes. He set a career best with 12 points vs. Davidson and then had 10 points and a personal-high eight rebounds at Oregon. Hughes leads the Bears in field goal shooting (59.2%) and blocks (15).
In the backcourt, freshman Brian Wethers has proven to be Cal's most consistent performer in recent games. Now averaging 8.2 ppg, he has reached double figures in his last three contests, including a personal-best 16-point, 10-rebound, 4-assist outing against Arizona State. Overall, he is third on the team in assists with 36 (2.3 apg) and tied for second in steals (15).
Probable Starters & Key Reserves
|F||21||Sean Lampley||6-7||225||Jr||17.1||8.2||Career-high 29 points at Oregon, 6 double-doubles|
|F/G||25||Brian Wethers||6-5||205||Fr||8.2||4.0||First double-double vs. ASU: 16 points, 10 rebounds|
|C||14||Solomon Hughes||6-11||230||So||6.1||3.2||Averaging 8.4 ppg last 7 games, 59.2 FG%|
|G||3||Donte Smith||6-2||195||FrR||6.5||1.7||Career-high 17 points vs. Davidson (5-6 FG, 1-1 3P, 6-7 FT)|
|G||12||Shantay Legans||5-10||165||Fr||9.3||3.8 apg||28 points vs. ASU, team-high 23 steals|
|G||10||Raymond King||5-10||170||Sr||2.1||1.1 apg||10 points vs. Arizona State (3-3 FG, 4-4 FT)|
|G||15||Dennis Gates||6-3||190||So||4.9||1.5||Questionable for Stanford with mild knee sprain at Oregon|
|C||32||Nick Vander Laan||6-10||250||Fr||9.7||5.9||14 points, career-high 10 boards vs. Arizona|
|F||34||Joe Shipp||6-5||215||Fr||10.6||3.4||21 points vs. Arizona State, 23 three-pointers|
Head Coach: Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75) - 67-41 at Cal (4th year) & 400-276 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 67-41, while his career mark, which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College, is 400-276. 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.
Stanford Scouting Report
A Look at Stanford (14-1, 3-1)
Stanford, ranked third in the country this week, features a balanced lineup that is led in scoring by freshman Casey Jacobsen's 13.4 ppg. The Cardinal is limiting opponents to just 32.6 percent shooting from the floor and to only 57.3 ppg. Stanford opened the year 12-0 to claim the No. 1 ranking before suffering its only loss, a 68-65 decision to Arizona.
Cal-Stanford Series History
Cal leads the series, 135-98, but Stanford has won the last five. The last two Cal home games, both played at the New Arena in Oakland, have been decided by two points, 74-72 in 1998 and 57-55 last year. The Bears last victory over the Cardinal came in Harmon Gym in 1997 when Cal won, 70-64.
Stanford Head Coach Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery is in his 14th season at Stanford and has compiled a 275-140 record there. He has led Stanford to seven NCAA Tournament and four NIT appearances. Prior to moving to Stanford, he was 154-77 in eight years at Montana.
|G||4||Michael McDonald||6-1||175||Jr||5.5||4.3 apg|
Golden Bear Notes
Forehan-Kelly Leads Cal to 71-65 Win at Oregon State
Sophomore walk-on Ryan Forehan-Kelly came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points to lead Cal to its first Pac-10 win of the season, a 71-65 decision at Oregon State last Saturday. With the Bears trailing, 12-4, Forehan-Kelly hit a back-to-back three-pointers to get Cal back in the game. The Bears took the lead for good at 58-56 on a Sean Lampley layup with 3:13 left. Cal then made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch.
Braun Picks Up 400th Career Win
Although it took a few extra games to do it, Cal head coach Ben Braun finally picked up his 400th career win last Saturday with a 71-65 victory at Oregon State. The Bears had lost three in a row prior to the outcome in Corvallis. Braun began his head coaching career at Siena Heights College in 1977-78 and stayed there eight seasons, compiling a 148-103 record. He then spent the next 11 years at Eastern Michigan, guiding EMU to a 185-132 mark, which included three trips to the NCAA Tournament and three Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year honors. Braun started his Cal career in 1996-97 and promptly was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to a 23-9 record and the NCAA Sweet 16. Last year, he took Cal to the NIT championship. Braun now has a 67-41 record in Berkeley and a 400-276 mark in his 23rd season overall.
Golden Bear Breakdown
Senior (2) - Robbie Jones, Raymond King
Junior (1) - Sean Lampley
Sophomore (3) - Dennis Gates, Shahar Gordon, Solomon Hughes
Freshman (5) - Shantay Legans, Joe Shipp, Donte Smith, Nick Vander Laan, Brian Wethers
|Nick Vander Laan||16||7|
|Nick Vander Laan||155||9.7|
|Nick Vander Laan||94||5.9|
|Nick Vander Laan||12||0.8|
*Cal statistics only
Freshman 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 seven games, with Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers starting 12 each. 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 44.4 ppg (57.9% of team total), 16.6 rpg (46.9%) and 9.5 apg (60.8%). Shipp, after scoring 21 points vs. Arizona State, ranks second on the squad in scoring with 10.6 ppg, while center Nick Vander Laan, who was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team, is second in rebounding with 5.9 per contest. Guard Shantay Legans had 28 points vs. ASU, paces the Bears in both assists (61) and steals (23), and was voted all-tournament at the Golden Bear Classic. In addition, guards Donte Smith (personal-best 17 points vs. Davidson) and Brian Wethers (8.2 ppg, 36 assists) have started seven times together and provided solid play in the backcourt.
Production By Class in 1999-2000
|Year||Points (ppg / %)||Rebounds (rpg / %)||Assists (apg / %)|
|Senior||33 (2.1 / 2.7%)||14 (0.9 / 2.4%)||15 (0.8 / 6.0%)|
|Junior||275 (17.2 / 22.4%)||132 (8.3 / 23.0%)||52 (3.3 / 20.8%)|
|Sophomore||206 (12.9 / 16.8%)||106 (6.6 / 18.4%)||29 (1.8 / 11.6%)|
|Freshman||711 (44.4 / 57.9%)||269 (16.8 / 46.9%)||152 (9.5 / 60.8%)|
% = percent of team total
Bears Raise Shooting Percentages Across the Board
After ranking at or near the bottom of the Pac-10 in every shooting category last year, Cal has raised its percentages in field goals, three-pointers and free throws this season. As a unit, the Bears are making 47.2 percent of their attempts from the floor, sinking at least 50 percent six times. As a comparison, Cal shot just 43.2 percent from the floor and made more than half its shots on only three occasions all of last season. From three-point range, the Bears are at 34.1 percent (5.4 3FG per game) this year after rating last in the conference at 31.0 percent (3.5 3FG per game) in 1998-99. The same improvement is true from the free throw line. This year's squad is shooting 71.0 percent after making 67.1 percent last season.
Individually, several Cal players are putting up some impressive numbers. Four players are at 50 percent from the field or higher, including Sean Lampley (53.4%), Nick Vander Laan (52.8%) and Solomon Hughes (59.2%). From beyond the arc, Shantay Legans is shooting 42.6 percent (20-47). Legans also leads four players who are better than 85 percent from the free throw line, the freshman from Goleta has made 35 of his 38 tries (Pac-10 leading 92.1%). In addition, Dennis Gates is 13-for-15 (86.7%), Joe Shipp is 30-for-34 (88.2%) and Raymond King is 9-for-10 (90.0%). The school record, by the way, is 89.1 percent by Dan Lufkin in 1963.
Lampley Lights the Way for Bears
Junior forward Sean Lampley, Cal's only returning starter from the 1999 NIT champion team, has handled his veteran status well, leading the team in scoring (17.1 ppg), rebounding (8.2 rpg) and minutes (33.7 mpg) and ranking second in assists (3.3 apg). He scored a career-best 29 points at Oregon (11-19 FG, 7-10 FT), which topped his previous high of 28 points set against Fresno State in the first round of last year's NIT. This season, Lampley has also tallied 26 points vs. Houston and 23 points against Gonzaga. In addition, he has had double-doubles six times this year, with the first five coming in the points and rebounds variety - 16-12 vs. TCU, 26-12 vs. Houston, 22-13 vs. Pacific, 16-10 vs. UC Irvine and 17-10 vs. Boston Univ. Lampley then had 14 points and a career-best 12 assists against Davidson Jan. 2, giving him 19 career double-doubles. The assist total was a record for a Cal forward and the most for any Cal player in almost five years. For the year, his 52 assists are more than he had in either of his first two full seasons with the Bears (45 in both '97-98 and '98-99). Lampley's 7.4 career rpg average ties for 14th in school history and is the best for a Bear since Brian Hendrick averaged 8.5 rpg from 1990-93. With 895 career points and 553 career rebounds, his current pace would put him in the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club by the middle of February.
This Week in the Pac-10
Jan. 20 - Arizona at UCLA, Arizona State at USC, Oregon at Washington, Oregon State at Washington State
Jan. 22 - Arizona at USC, Arizona State at UCLA, Stanford at California, Oregon at Washington State
Jan. 23 - Oregon State at Washington
Young Bears Play Better at Home
With so many freshmen and sophomores on the roster, the Bears are, not surprisingly, finding that they play much better at home than on the road. In the new Haas Pavilion this season, Cal is 6-3. However, the Bears are 1-2 on opponent home courts after picking up their first road victory at Oregon State last Saturday. Statistically speaking, the differences are just a great. Below is a comparison of how Cal has performed at home and on opponent floors as the Bears head into their three-game homestand against No. 3 Stanford, Washington State and Washington.
|FG%||3P%||FT%||PPG||Opp PPG||Reb Margin||TO Margin|
Walk-on Forehan-Kelly Has Breakout Game at OSU
Sophomore Ryan Forehan-Kelly, a 6-5 forward from Irvine, had scored just 12 points all year heading into last Saturday's game at Oregon State. 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. Forehan-Kelly, who is in his second year as a walk-on for the Bears, has appeared 14 of Cal's 16 games this season, mostly backing up starting forward Sean Lampley. His performance against OSU easily bettered his previous high - four points vs. UC Irvine earlier this season. Forehan-Kelly is one of five walk-ons on the Cal roster, a list that also includes seniors J.T. Stephens, Cassidy Raher and Ryan Meyers, and junior Morgan Lingle.
Unselfish Bears Spread the Ball Around
Although no individual is averaging more than 4.0 assists per game, this year's Bears represent Cal's best passing team in several seasons. Through 16 games, Cal has 250 assists for an average of 15.63 per game. Although Cal ranks eighth in the Pac-10, it's quite an improvement from last year when the team averaged just 12.67 assists per contest. In addition to team-leader Shantay Legans' 3.8 apg, junior forward Sean Lampley (3.3 apg), freshman guard Brian Wethers (2.3 apg), freshman guard Donte Smith (1.3 apg), freshman guard Joe Shipp (1.4 apg), senior guard Raymond King (1.1 apg) and sophomore guard Dennis Gates (1.4 apg) are all averaging at least one assist per game. Lampley set a school record for a Cal forward with 12 assists vs. Davidson Jan. 2 - the highest total for a Cal player since Jelani Gardner had 13 at USC on Jan. 26, 1995. Legans had a best of eight assists (0 turnovers) against Hofstra, while Wethers dished out five assists vs. Davidson. As a team, Cal is 7-0 when it has at least 17 assists in a game, but just 3-6 with 16 or less.
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 nine games, is averaging 6.1 ppg on 59.2 percent shooting from the floor. But in the last seven games, he is averaging 8.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg and has broken his career high twice, first with 11 points vs. Boston University, then with 12 against Davidson. He also had 10 points and a career-best eight rebounds at Oregon. Vander Laan, a member of the staring lineup seven times, ranks third on the Bears with 9.7 ppg (52.8 FG%) and second with 6.1 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 posted his first double-double against Arizona with 14 points and 10 boards. Gordon missed five games following arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 17, but returned Jan. 6 against Arizona and tied for team honors with six rebounds at Oregon State.
Recent Cal Center Production
1999-2000: Solomon Hughes, Nick Vander Laan, Shahar Gordon - 16.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 52.3 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 Jan. 16, 2000)
3. Sean Lampley 17.1 ppg
3. Sean Lampley 8.3 rpg 15. Nick Vander Laan 5.9 rpg
8. Shantay Legans 3.81 apg
Field Goal Shooting
6. Sean Lampley 53.4%
6. Shantay Legans 42.6%
Free Throw Shooting
1. Shantay Legans 92.1%
|Scoring Offense||5th||76.7 ppg|
|Scoring Defense||7th||71.8 ppg|
|FG Pct. Defense||8th||44.9%|
|3P Pct. Defense||10th||38.6%|
Gates Questionable for Stanford with Knee Injury
Sophomore guard Dennis Gates, who has started seven games for the Bears this season, sat out last Saturday's Oregon State game with a right knee injury suffered late in the Oregon contest. Gates underwent an MRI Friday in Eugene, but it did not reveal any significant findings. After being evaluated by the Cal medical staff Monday morning, it was determined that he had a mild knee sprain. He plans to return to practice by mid-week and is questionable for this week's game against Stanford.
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 upcoming 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 ...
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 shot 53.2 percent from the floor against TCU (33-62) and 54.3 percent from the field against Houston (38-70) - the first time the Bears have shot at least 50 percent in consecutive games since they did it against Oregon State and Stanford Jan. 5 & 10, 1996, the Bears repeated the feat vs. San Jose State (57.1%) and UC Irvine (51.6%) ... Cal also scored 90+ points two games in a row vs. TCU (91) and Houston (95) for the first time since November 1995 against Northern Arizona and Texas Southern ... when Joe Shipp and Nick Vander Laan each scored 20 points vs. TCU last week, it marked the highest scoring output for a Cal freshman in his debut game since Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 33 vs. Northern Arizona in 1995 ... 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.