Dec 11, 2001
BERKELEY, Calif. - On a school-record night from beyond the arc, junior forward Joe Shipp sank nine three-pointers on his way to a career-high 31 points, leading Cal to a 97-75 victory over Fresno State Tuesday night in Haas Pavilion.
Shipp made nine of his 12 three-point attempts, breaking the old Cal record of seven triples initially set by Ryan Drew vs. Oregon in 1990 and tied by Jason Kidd at Washington State in 1994. As a team, the Bears connected on a school-record 14 treys, topping the old mark of 13 set vs. Washington in 1990 and again vs. San Francisco in 1991.
With the win, Cal improved to 6-1 overall and won its 16th consecutive game against non-Pac-10 opponents in Haas. Fresno State lost its third straight game to fall to 7-4.
Fresno State hung with the Bears for the first 12 minutes, taking a 25-24 lead with 7:58 left in the first half. At that point, Shipp nailed his fourth three-pointer of the game to spark a 16-0 run, which ended on another Shipp triple with 4:11 remaining and the Bears up, 40-25. Cal went on to take a 52-32 halftime lead, shooting 55.6 percent from the floor and holding Fresno State to just 10-for-30 from the field.
Cal pushed its lead to 26 points in the first two minutes after the break and the lead reached 30 at 93-63 with 3:34 to go.
Shipp hit his first eight three-point tries before finally missing. Including his 24-point outing last week against Saint Louis, Shipp has broken his career high in his last two times out.
Three other Bears reached double figures, including freshman forward Jamal Sampson, who totaled a personal-high 15 points and eight rebounds. Brian Wethers chipped in 14 points and Shantay Legans. Legans (8 assists) and Dennis Gates (9 assists) contributed to Cal's 29 assists on the night.
The Bears now take a 10-day break for final exams before returning to action Dec. 21 against Mount St. Mary's in Berkeley.
Cal Head Coach Ben Braun Postgame Quotes:
"Joe Shipp had an outstanding night out there on the court. I really felt his team did a great job getting him the ball. Joe and Brian Wethers just hit their shots tonight. I thought we did a great job creating rhythm shots for us."
"I thought Gabriel Hughes stepped in and gave us some quality minutes. We were in some serious foul trouble in the first half and he really played well for us."
"That kid (Shantay Legans) plays so hard and gives his all for this team and this University."
"Fresno State has some terrific guys inside. There was no quit today in Fresno."
"We'll take this finals break and regroup. It's up to our coaching staff to maintain this rhythm during the break."
"Our fans were great tonight. I hope they stay around and come out next week for Mount St. Mary's."