Jan 19, 2002
BERKELEY - Freshman forward Amit Tamir scored 17 points and dished out four assists as Cal rolled to an easy 90-57 win over Washington State Saturday in Haas Pavilion.
The Bears improved to 13-3 overall and 4-2 in Pac-10 play and ran their home winning streak to 12 games. WSU dropped its 10th consecutive contest and fell to 4-12, 8-0.
Cal, which scored its most points against the Cougars since 1987, also got a career-high 12 points from guard A.J. Diggs, 12 points and nine boards from center Jamal Sampson and 11 points from forward Brian Wethers.
The Bears opened an 11-2 lead five minutes into the game and never were seriously challenged by the Cougars. The advantage reached 20 points at 34-14 late in the first half, when the Bears limited WSU to just 6-for-25 shooting from the floor.
After the break, Cal went up by 31 at 54-23 with 12:56 left and the largest lead came at the 8:18 mark at 71-34.
Overall, the Bears shot a season-high 53.1 percent from the floor.
California head coach Ben Braun postgame quotes
"We challenged Washington State defensively. Our team played well. I was pleased with the shots we took. I thought our team was working to make good shots out there tonight."
"A.J. Diggs did a great job playing hard tonight."
On sweeping the Washington schools:
"It's huge. Every time you get a win in this league you appreciate it. Going into LA after two wins at home helps a lot. It's important that we get every game we can. This is as competitive as I've seen this league since I've been in it."
On traveling to USC next Thursday:
"They're showing that they can play with the best teams in the country."
Washington State head coach Paul Graham postgame quotes
" It's hard on our guys mentally to come here and play against Stanford and Cal, especially since we haven't seen a lot of success."
"I think Cal's team is right up there with the big boys like Arizona, Stanford and UCLA. They have only lost three games. They've got size. They are mobile. Cal is good"
"We still have a chance to make the conference tournament."
"Sampson is a good player. He is big and long and lanky. That's why most schools in the country wanted him."
"Ben does a good job of isolating the big guys and spreading them out on the floor."