Dec. 21, 2001
BERKELEY - Showing few lingering effects from a 10-day layoff, Cal scored the game's first 13 points and cruised to a 78-50 victory over Mount St. Mary's Friday night in Haas Pavilion.
Junior forward Joe Shipp led all scorers with 18 points as the Bears improved to 7-1 overall with their 17 consecutive win over a non-Pac-10 opponent in Berkeley. The Mount fell to 1-7 with the loss.
In addition to Shipp, Brian Wethers came off the bench for a season-high 15 points and Solomon Hughes added 13 points, a career-best nine rebounds and three blocks. Hughes strained his right knee late in the second half, but Cal's medical staff did not believe the injury to be serious, although Hughes will be re-evaluated Saturday.
After taking the 13-0 lead, Cal went ahead 19-2 at the 11:19 mark of the first half and claimed its first 20-point advantage at 32-12 on a Shantay Legans layup. At the break, the Bears held a 38-14 advantage.
Over the first 20 minutes, Cal limited the Mount to 5-for-25 shooting from the floor (20.0 percent), including 2-of-13 from three-point range.
The Bears led by at least 25 points for most of the rest of the game after intermission, and their largest lead was 34 points at both 68-34 and 70-36.
As a team, Cal picked off a season-high 16 steals, led by four from Ryan Forehan-Kelly.
The Bears return to action Friday, Dec. 28 against Harvard in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic. The tournament tips off with Penn State facing Coppin State at 4:30 p.m., followed by Cal and Harvard at 7 p.m. The classic concludes on the 29th.
California Head Coach Ben Braun Postgame Quotes:
"I'm concerned with our level of play. I was impressed at the beginning though. I didn't think we were rusty early, but as the game went on we started missing some things."
"There were some moments where we played with some intensity and that's important, to get in that flow and play as well as we can as a team. It's hard coming back from finals, especially here at Cal."
"To get everyone in there in a game like this is important. If we're fortunate, we'll have a few more games like this."
"They've got a really enthusiastic group. They're going to be prepared. The Ivy League is a very important league. We will not take Harvard lightly."