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Cal Makes Final Postseason Push In Arizona
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/06/2000

March 6, 2000

Game No. 29
California Golden Bears (16-12, 7-9) at
Arizona State Sun Devils (17-11, 9-7)
Thursday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT, Tempe, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Bay Area

Game No. 30
California at
Arizona Wildcats (24-6, 13-3, vs. Stanford 3/9)
Saturday, March 11, 4 p.m. MT/3 p.m. PT, Tucson, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Net

A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
After closing out its home slate with an 86-73 victory over USC last Saturday, Cal wraps up the regular season on the road at Arizona State and Arizona.

The Bears have a winning record away from Haas Pavilion this year - 7-4 overall and 4-3 in Pac-10 play - but have their work cut out in Arizona. Cal captured back-to-back games in Tucson in 1994 and '95, but has yet to prevail since. And the Bears are winless in Tempe since upending ASU in double overtime in 1990.

However, if Cal can pick up at least one victory on the road this weekend, the Bears would post their first winning Pac-10 road record since they were 6-3 in conference play in 1994. Cal also needs to win to improve its postseason chances. The Bears, the defending NIT champions, clinched an overall winning record with their triumph over USC.

In that game against the Trojans, a couple of Cal players came through with their best performances of the year. Senior guard Raymond King, who received a start in his final home game, tallied 14 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 3P, 2-2 FT) - his highest total in over two years. Sophomore center Solomon Hughes also scored a career-best 16 points on a 8-of-11 shooting from the floor.

Overall, junior forward Sean Lampley continues to lead the Bears in scoring with 16.3 ppg and in rebounding with 7.2 rpg. He had his seventh 20-point outing of the year vs. UCLA (22 points) and had a strong all-around effort against USC with 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Lampley also needs just nine more points to take over the 20th position on Cal's career scoring list. He enters the Arizona State game with 1,098 points.

In the backcourt, freshman Shantay Legans has connected on 18 of his last 30 three-point attempts and now leads the conference at 48.1 percent for the season. He also paces the Bears in free throw accuracy (85.1%), steals (44) and assists (98). Legans scored a career-best 28 points in Cal's first meeting with Arizona State

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.

www.calbears.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.

Haas Pavilion
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 73-47, while his career mark, which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College, is 406-282. 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.

Arizona State Scouting Report

A Look at Arizona State (17-11, 9-7)
Arizona State has won four of its last six games as the Sun Devils head toward the postseason. Senior guard Eddie House, who scored a Pac-10-record-tying 61 points at Cal Jan. 8, continues to lead the conference with 22.9 ppg.

Cal-Arizona State Series History
Arizona State leads the series with Cal, 28-20, including a 111-108 double OT victory at Haas Pavilion in January. The Sun Devils have won the last nine meetings in Tempe, with Cal's last victory there being a 68-66 double OT decision in 1990.

Arizona State Head Coach Rob Evans
Rob Evans is 31-27 in his second season at ASU after serving the previous six years as head coach at Mississippi. He led the Rebels to a pair of SEC West titles and two NCAA Tournament berths.

Probable Starters

PosNoNameHtWtYrPpgRpg
F11Awvee Storey6-6215So9.98.1
F42Shawn Redhage6-7210Fr9.44.1
C52Chad Prewitt6-9235So9.04.5
G1Alton Mason6-1180Jr5.71.5
G5Eddie House6-1180Sr22.95.4

Arizona Scouting Report

A Look at Arizona (24-6, 13-3, vs. Stanford 3/9)
Arizona, which hosts Stanford Thursday, has lost two straight after falling at Oregon State in overtime (70-69) and at Oregon (86-81) last week. The Wildcats, though, have been without center Loren Woods, who has been sidelined the last few games with a back ailment. However, Arizona recently welcomed forward Richard Jefferson back after he missed much of the Pac-10 season with a foot injury.

Cal-Arizona Series History
Arizona owns a 34-23 lead in the series after winning, 64-60, in the Pac-10 opener Jan. 6 at Haas Pavilion. After Cal won back-to-back games in Tucson in 1994 and '95, the Wildcats have claimed the last four at McKale Center.

Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson
Lute Olson is 319-126 in his 17th season at Arizona. He has a career mark of 611-218 in 27 years, which includes stints at Long Beach State and Iowa. Olson led Arizona to the 1997 NCAA championship and he is a six-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Probable Starters

PosNoNameHtWtYrPpgRpg
F4Luke Walton6-8228Fr5.63.9
F21Michael Wright6-7238So15.78.7
F30Justin Wessel6-8225Jr3.23.1
G00Gilbert Arenas6-3191Fr15.04.0
G22Jason Gardner5-10178Fr12.94.9 apg

Golden Bear Breakdown

By Class
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

GamesCareerStarts
Sean Lampley8763
Raymond King*7916
Solomon Hughes5713
Dennis Gates5416
Shahar Gordon495
Robbie Jones4511
Ryan Forehan-Kelly356
Shantay Legans2818
Joe Shipp2812
Donte Smith2813
Nick Vander Laan2816
Brian Wethers2718

PointsCareerAvg.
Sean Lampley107812.4
Raymond King*2963.7
Joe Shipp2659.5
Shantay Legans2629.4
Nick Vander Laan2619.3
Solomon Hughes2504.4
Donte Smith1936.9
Dennis Gates1803.3
Brian Wethers1716.3
Ryan Forehan-Kelly802.3
Robbie Jones761.7
Shahar Gordon691.4

ReboundsCareerAvg.
Sean Lampley6227.1
Nick Vander Laan1957.0
Solomon Hughes1703.0
Raymond King*1211.5
Brian Wethers883.3
Joe Shipp833.0
Robbie Jones621.4
Ryan Forehan-Kelly611.7
Shantay Legans612.2
Shahar Gordon581.2
Dennis Gates571.1
Donte Smith521.9

AssistsCareerAvg.
Sean Lampley1762.0
Raymond King*1331.7
Shantay Legans983.5
Brian Wethers521.9
Dennis Gates400.7
Donte Smith361.3
Joe Shipp291.0
Shahar Gordon260.5
Nick Vander Laan190.7
Robbie Jones170.4
Ryan Forehan-Kelly140.4
Solomon Hughes110.2
*Cal statistics only

Golden Bear Notes

Probable Starters & Key Reserves

POSNONAMEHTWTYRPPGRPGNOTES
F21Sean Lampley6-7225Jr16.37.213 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists vs. USC, 86 assists on season
F42Ryan Forehan-Kelly6-5195So2.82.2Walk-on has started 6 games, 17 points at Oregon State
C14Solomon Hughes6-11230So5.53.5Career-high 16 points vs. USC (8-11 FG), 31 blocks, 55.3 FG%
G3Donte Smith6-2195FrR6.91.9Averaged 10.3 ppg last 4 games as starter, 82.0 FT%
G12Shantay Legans5-10165Fr9.43.5 apg48.1 3P% (39-81), team-high 44 steals, including 5 vs. UW 1/29
G10Raymond King5-10170Sr2.01.1 apg14 points vs. USC 3/4, 10 points vs. Arizona State 1/8
G15Dennis Gates6-3190So4.31.2Set career high with 13 points at UCLA (3-6 FG, 2-4 3P, 5-5 FT)
F25Brian Wethers6-5205Fr6.33.3First double-double vs. ASU: 16 points, 10 rebounds
C32Nick Vander Laan6-10250Fr9.37.0Led Cal in rebounding 14 times in last 18 games
F34Joe Shipp6-5215Fr9.53.0Tied career high with 22 points vs. WSU 1/27, 34 three-pointers
Head Coach: Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75) - 73-47 at Cal (4th year) & 406-282 overall (23rd year)

Cal Seniors Leads Bears to 86-73 Win over USC
Cal's two scholarship seniors - Raymond King and Robbie Jones - received starting assignments in their final home game of the year, and the pair led the Bears to an 86-73 victory over USC Saturday. King poured in 14 points - his highest total since scoring 14 points against Arizona State in February 1998 - while Jones had seven points for his best output since 1998 season finale. In addition, center Solomon Hughes tallied a career-high 16 points (8-11 FG), and forward Sean Lampley added 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore center Shahar Gordon, who is returning to Israel after the season to fulfill his military obligation, also received a start for the Bears.

Lampley Moves toward Top 20 in Scoring
Junior forward Sean Lampley, who has averaged 19.3 ppg his last four games, has taken over the 22nd spot on Cal's career scoring list with 1,078 points. He needs just nine more to claim the 20th position on the all-time chart. In addition, Lampley has 622 career rebounds to rank 13th 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 leads Cal in scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg) this season. He has seven double-doubles, including one with 14 points and 12 assists vs. Davidson. In addition, he has reached the 20-point mark eight times with a career-best 29 at Oregon Jan. 13.

Cal Career Scoring ListCal Career Rebounding List
18. Butch Hays (1981-84)1,1459. Roy Fisher (1988-91)697
19. Andy Wolfe (1946-48)1,11210. John Coughran (1971-73)672
20. Ryan Drew (1988-91)1,08611. Jackie Ridgle (1969-71)660
21. Ed Gray (1996-97)1,08212. Bob Presley (1968-69)629
22. Sean Lampley (1998-present)1,07813. Sean Lampley (1998-present)622

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 13 different starting fivesomes using 12 different players. No group has been together more than six games. The most recent change came on Senior Day against USC last Saturday when Sean Lampley, Shahar Gordon, Donte Smith, Raymond King and Robbie Jones started together for the first time. Six times this year, the Bears have started four freshmen.

Cal's Starting Lineups in 1999-2000RecordGame #
Hughes, Lampley, Shipp, Smith, Wethers2-11-3
Lampley, Shipp, Smith, Vander Laan, Wethers2-14-6
Gates, Hughes, Lampley, Legans, Shipp3-17, 9-11
Gates, Hughes, Lampley, Legans, Wethers1-08
Lampley, Legans, Shipp, Vander Laan, Wethers1-112-13
Gates, Lampley, Legans, Vander Laan, Wethers2-414-15, 21-24
Hughes, Lampley, Legans, Smith, Wethers1-016
Forehan-Kelly, Gordon, King, Vander Laan, Wethers0-117
Forehan-Kelly, Lampley, Legans, Smith, Vander Laan1-118-19
Forehan-Kelly, Gates, Lampley, Legans, Vander Laan1-020
Forehan-Kelly, Gates, Hughes, Lampley, Smith1-125-26
Lampley, Legans, Smith, Vander Laan, Wethers0-127
Gordon, Jones, King, Lampley, Smith1-028

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 12 games, with Brian Wethers and Shantay Legans starting 18 each and Nick Vander Laan starting 16. Six times this year Cal has started four freshmen in a game - including the Pac-10 opener vs. Arizona and last Thursday vs. UCLA - with junior Sean Lampley the only veteran in the lineup. As a group, the five newcomers average 41.1 ppg (56.2% of team total), 17.1 rpg (52.3%) and 8.3 apg (57.7%).

Production By Class in 1999-2000

YearPoints (ppg / %)Rebounds (rpg / %)Assists (apg / %)
Senior67 (2.4 / 3.3%)27 (1.0 / 2.9%)29 (1.0 / 7.2%)
Junior461 (16.5 / 22.5%)201 (7.2 / 21.9%)86 (3.1 / 21.3%)
Sophomore368 (13.1 / 18.0%)203 (7.3 / 22.2%)50 (1.8 / 12.4%)
Freshman1152 (41.1 / 56.2%)479 (17.1 / 52.3%)233 (8.3 / 57.7%)
% = percent of team total

Pac-10 Standings

Pac-10Overall
Stanford14-225-2
Arizona13-324-6
Oregon12-521-7
Arizona State9-717-11
UCLA8-817-11
California7-916-12
USC7-914-14
Washington5-1110-18
Oregon State5-1213-15
Washington State1-156-20

This Week in the Pac-10
March 9 - Stanford at Arizona, California at Arizona State, Washington State at UCLA, Washington at USC
March 11 - California at Arizona, Stanford at Arizona State, Oregon State at Oregon, Washington at UCLA, Washington State at USC

Freshmen Alter Top 10 Lists
Now that the season is in its final week, several Cal newcomers have put their names on Cal's all-time freshman lists. Both Shantay Legans (39) and Joe Shipp (34) are in the Top 5 in three-pointers made, while Legans (48.1%) ranks first in three-point shooting. Nick Vander Laan is also fifth in rebounding with 195 boards, and Donte Smith is second in free throw shooting and fifth in three-point percentage.

Cal Freshman Three-Point ListCal Freshman Three-Point Percentage
Name3-PointersYearName3P-APctYear
1. Ryan Drew6019881. Shantay Legans39-8148.12000
2. Shantay Legans3920002. Bryant Walton38-94.4041987
2. Bryant Walton3819873. Ryan Drew60-152.3951988
4. K.J. Roberts3619924. K.J. Roberts36-93.3871992
5. Joe Shipp3420005. Donte Smith27-73.3702000

Cal Freshman Rebounding ListCal Freshman Free Throw Percentage
NameReboundsYearNameFT-APct.Year
1. Bob McKeen24919521. Shantay Legans57-67.8512000
2. Brian Hendrick24219902. Donte Smith50-61.8202000
3. Shareef Abdur-Rahim23619962. Michael Chavez50-61.8201980
4. Michael Pitts19819804. Roy Fisher49-61.8031988
5. Nick Vander Laan19520005. Jerod Haase56-71.7891993

Smith Playing Solid Down the Stretch
After sitting out last season as a redshirt, it took freshman guard Donte Smith a little longer than expected to feel comfortable on the court again. But in his last four games, Smith has certainly found his niche. He has started each of those contests and averaged 10.3 ppg, including 15 points at Washington State. In his last two contests, Smith has six assists and no turnovers. In addition, he has made 21 of his last 22 free throw attempts to raise his overall average to 82.0 percent (84.6% in Pac-10 games).

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 5.5 ppg on 55.3 percent shooting from the floor. He has broken his career high three times this season, first with 11 points vs. Boston University, then with 12 against Davidson and finally with 16 points vs. USC March 4. Vander Laan, a member of the staring lineup 16 times, ranks fourth on the Bears in scoring with 9.3 ppg and second in rebounding with 7.0 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 - 16.1 ppg, 11.3 rpg
1998-99: Francisco Elson, Solomon Hughes, Shahar Gordon - 9.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg
1997-98: Francisco Elson, Kenyon Jones - 10.8 ppg, 8.2 ppg
1996-97: Michael Stewart, Kenyon Jones - 11.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg

Cal Sets Home Attendance Record in '99-00
With five sellouts on the season, including each of the last three games, Cal set a school home attendance record in its first season in Haas Pavilion with an average of 11,112 fans per game. Every crowd during the year was at least 10,000 strong in the 12,172-seat facility. The sellouts came against Arizona, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA and USC. Cal's old record was 10,492 fans set last year when the Bears played in the 19,200-seat New Arena in Oakland.

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 (94, 3.5 apg) and steals (43, 1.6 spg), but he also leads the Pac-10 in three-point shooting (47.5%, 38-80) and free throw shooting (86.2%, 56-65). 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)38-80.475
3. Bill Elleby (1992)64-138.464
4. Keith Smith (1990)42-91.462

Pac-10 Statistical Leaders

(as of March 5, 2000)

Individual

Scoring

5. Sean Lampley16.3 ppg

Rebounding

7. Sean Lampley7.2 rpg
8. Nick Vander Laan7.0 rpg

Assists

9. Shantay Legans3.50 apg

Steals

10. Shantay Legans1.57 spg

Blocks

9. Solomon Hughes1.11 bpg

Field Goal Shooting

8. Sean Lampley50.9%

3-Point Shooting

1. Shantay Legans48.1%

Free Throw Shooting

2. Shantay Legans85.1%

Team

Scoring Offense7th73.2 ppg
Scoring Defense6th71.3 ppg
Scoring Margin7th+1.9
FG Shooting6th44.7%
3P Shooting6th34.8%
FT Shooting7th68.9%
FG Pct. Defense7th44.0%
3P Pct. Defense10th38.2%
Rebound Margin5th+1.6
Assists8th14.43 apg
Blocks8th2.79 bpg
Steals5th7.36 spg
Turnover Margin5th+1.11

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 at Washington and at WSU to give him six starts on the year. Forehan-Kelly, who is in his second year as a walk-on for the Bears, has appeared 25 of Cal's 28 games this season. For the year, he is averaging 2.8 ppg (49.1 FG%, 13-30 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.

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 1.7 ppg and 1.1 rpg in 21 games this season with home starts against Stanford and USC, 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:

YearFrSoJrSr
1999-20005312
1994-956322
1992-933522
1980-812531

Golden Bear Notes
In Pac-10 games, Cal is 1-6 when Sean Lampley leads the team in scoring with the only win coming at Washington, 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 ... the Bears shot 51.7 percent from the floor against USC March 4, their first game over 50 percent since Jan. 2 vs. Davidson.


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