Jan. 10, 2000
Game No. 15 California Golden Bears (9-5, 0-2) at Oregon Ducks (10-2, 1-0) Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. McArthur Court, Eugene, OR
Game No. 16 California Golden Bears (9-5, 0-2) at Oregon State Beavers (8-4, 0-1) Saturday, Jan. 15, 3 p.m. Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR TV: Fox Sports Net
A Quick Look at the Golden BearsCalifornia takes to the road for the first time since early December when the Bears visit Oregon and Oregon State this weekend. Cal is coming off a pair of close calls in its first two Pac-10 games, but the Bears were on the short end of both decisions.
In the league opener against fifth-ranked Arizona Thursday, Cal led for most of the contest, but the Wildcats broke a 58-58 tie with six straight points and held on for the 65-61 win. On Saturday, Cal and Arizona State combined for the highest scoring Pac-10 game in Golden Bear history, but the Sun Devils prevailed, 111-108, in double overtime.
Now, Cal must search for its first conference victory on the road. So far, the Bears are 3-2 away from Haas Pavilion this season, but only one of those games - an 80-62 loss at Colorado - took place on an opponents' home court. Cal also claimed a runner-up finish at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska, and defeated then-No. 22 Gonzaga, 72-64, at the Oakland Arena.
Even with the disappointing start to the Pac-10, several individuals put up some impressive numbers over the weekend. Freshman center Nick Vander Laan had his first double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona, while freshman guard Brian Wethers also accomplished the feat for the first time with 16 points and 10 boards vs. Arizona State.
In addition, freshman Shantay Legans scored a career-high 28 points against ASU, with both freshman Joe Shipp (21 points) and junior Sean Lampley (20 points) also topping the 20-point mark - the first time Cal has had three 20-point scorers in the same game since beating Arizona, 99-75, on Jan. 4, 1996 (Shareef Abdur-Rahim 22, Ed Gray 22, Randy Duck 20).
For the season, Lampley continues to lead the Bears in scoring (16.6 ppg), rebounding (8.7 rpg) and minutes (33.7 mpg). Often double-teamed on the post, he has also shown good patience and vision, dishing out 50 assists (3.6 apg). He has had six double-doubles on the season (including 14 points and 12 assists vs. Davidson) and has been named to all-tournament teams at both the Top of the World Classic and the Golden Bear Classic.
Legans, who came off the bench the first six games of the season, has started
at the point the last eight contests. In those games, he has averaged 11.4 ppg and 4.2 apg. In addition to a team-leading 60 assists overall, he tops the Bears with 22 steals.
Probable Starters & Key Reserves
|F||21||Sean Lampley||6-7||225||Jr||16.6||8.7||14 points, 12 assists vs. Davidson, 6 double-doubles|
|F||34||Joe Shipp||6-5||215||Fr||1.2||3.5||21 points vs. Arizona State, 23 three-pointers|
|C||32||Nick Vander Laan||6-10||250||Fr||10.6||6.1||14 points, career-high 10 boards vs. Arizona|
|G||12||Shantay Legans||5-10||165||Fr||9.9||4.3 apg||28 points vs. ASU, team-high 22 steals|
|G||25||Brian Wethers||6-5||205||Fr||7.7||4.0||First double-double vs. ASU: 16 points, 10 rebounds|
|G||3||Donte Smith||6-2||195||FrR||7.1||1.7||Career-high 17 points vs. Davidson (5-6 FG, 1-1 3P, 6-7 FT)|
|C||14||Solomon Hughes||6-11||230||So||5.9||2.7||Averaging 8.1 ppg last 7 games, 60.1 FG%|
|G||15||Dennis Gates||6-3||190||So||5.2||1.6||Tied career high with 12 points vs. Arizona (4-7 3P), 14 steals|
Head Coach: Ben Braun (Wisconsin '75) - 66-40 at Cal (4th year) & 399-275 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 66-40, while his career mark, which includes 11 years at Eastern Michigan and eight seasons at Siena Heights College, is 399-275. 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.
Oregon Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon (10-2, 1-0)
Oregon enters Thursday's game having won seven of its last eight contests, including victories over Wake Forest (67-66), Gonzaga (70-64) and Oregon State (67-49). The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in field goal shooting (50.4%) and are outscoring their opponents by a 78.5-to-63.8 margin.
Cal-Oregon Series History
Cal owns a 59-45 all-time lead in the series. Last year, the teams met three times, with Oregon winning on both occasions during the regular season - 71-69 in OT in Oakland and 93-82 in Eugene. But in the NIT semifinals in New York, Cal prevailed, 85-69, on its way to the championship.
Oregon Head Coach Ernie Kent
Ernie Kent is 42-29 in his third season at his alma mater, leading the Ducks to a fourth-place finish in last year's NIT. Prior to moving to Oregon, he was 90-80 in six seasons at Saint Mary's.
|G||4||Darius Wright||6-0||179||Sr||11.7||4.8 apg|
Oregon State Scouting Report
A Look at Oregon State (8-4, 0-1, vs. Stanford 1/13)
Oregon State, which hosts Stanford Thursday before playing Cal, lost its Pac-10 opener to Oregon at home Saturday, 67-49. The Beavers are led by freshman Brian Jackson, who has averaged 16.7 ppg and 6.1 rpg in the seven games he has played, including a 32-point outburst against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Cal-Oregon State Series History
On the strength of winning seven of the last eight games in the series, Cal owns a 58-53 all-time advantage over Oregon State. Last year, the Bears swept the Beavers, 54-52, in Oakland and, 68-61, in Corvallis.
Oregon State Head Coach Eddie Payne
Eddie Payne is 47-76 in is fifth season at Oregon State. Before taking over the OSU program, he was 103-51 in five years at Belmont Abbey and 56-58 in four seasons at East Carolina.
|G||4||Deaundra Tanner||6-2||202||Jr||15.5||4.8 apg|
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
6-11 - Solomon Hughes
6-10 - Shahar Gordon, Nick Vander Laan
6-7 - Sean Lampley
6-5 - Joe Shipp, Brian Wethers
6-3 - Dennis Gates, Robbie Jones
6-2 - Donte Smith
5-10 - Raymond King, Shantay Legans
|Nick Vander Laan||14||6|
|Nick Vander Laan||148||10.6|
|Nick Vander Laan||85||6.1|
|Nick Vander Laan||11||0.8|
*Cal statistics only
Golden Bear Notes
House, ASU edge Cal, 111-108 in 2 OT
Arizona State's Eddie House tied the Pac-10 record with 61 points, leading the Sun Devils to a 111-108 double overtime victory over Cal last Saturday in Haas Pavilion. The teams were tied at 81 at the end of regulation and at 96 after one extra period. In the second OT, Cal forged a 103-99 lead, but ASU went on a 10-0 run to go ahead for good. The game was the highest scoring Pac-10 game ever for the Bears, passing the 107 points Cal scored in a 107-102 5OT win over Oregon in 1977. Shantay Legans paced the Bears with a personal-best 28 points, while Joe Shipp added 21 points and Sean Lampley had 20. Brian Wethers set career highs with 16 points and 10 boards, while Raymond King had 10 points, his highest output since totaling 10 points vs. USC last Feb. 11.
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 six games, with Joe Shipp starting 12 and Brian Wethers 10. 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 46.6 ppg (60.0% of team total), 17.0 rpg (47.9%) and 10.2 apg (62.2%). Shipp, after scoring 21 points vs. Arizona State, ranks second on the squad in scoring with 11.2 ppg, while center Nick Vander Laan, who was named to the Top of the World Classic all-tournament team, is second in rebounding with 6.1 per contest. Guard Shantay Legans had 28 points vs. ASU, paces the Bears in both assists (60) and steals (22), and was voted all-tournament at the Golden Bear Classic. In addition, guards Donte Smith (personal-best 17 points vs. Davidson) and Brian Wethers (50.0 FG%, 33 assists) have started six times together and provided solid play in the backcourt.
Production By Class in 1999-2000
|Year||Points (ppg / %)||Rebounds (rpg / %)||Assists (apg / %)|
|Senior||26 (1.9 / 2.4%)||10 (0.7 / 2.0%)||12 (0.9 / 5.2%)|
|Junior||235 (16.8 / 21.6%)||122 (8.7 / 24.5%)||50 (3.6 / 21.7%)|
|Sophomore||172 (12.3 / 15.8%)||82 (5.9 / 16.5%)||23 (1.6 / 10.0%)|
|Freshman||653 (46.6 / 60.0%)||238 (17.0 / 47.9%)||143 (10.2 / 62.2%)|
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 significantly raised its percentages in field goals, three-pointers and free throws this season. As a unit, the Bears are making 48.1 percent of their attempts from the floor, sinking at least 50 percent six times in 14 games. 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 34.8 percent (5.5 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 71.1 percent after making 67.1 percent last season.
Individually, several Cal players are putting up some impressive numbers. Six players are at 50 percent from the field or higher, including Sean Lampley (53.8%), Nick Vander Laan (53.4%) and Solomon Hughes (61.0%). From beyond the arc, Shantay Legans is shooting an 46.3 percent (19-41) and Shipp, who has made a team-high 23 treys, is at 36.5 percent. Shipp also leads three players who are better than 85 percent from the free throw line, the freshman from Los Angeles has made 24 of his 26 tries (92.3%). In addition, Dennis Gates is 13-for-15 (86.7%) and Legans is 29-for-32 (90.6%). The school record, by the way, is 89.1 percent by Dan Lufkin in 1963.
Braun Aims for 400th Career Win
With Cal's next victory, head coach Ben Braun will earn his 400th career win. 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 enters this week's games with a 66-40 record in Berkeley and a 399-275 mark in his 23rd season overall.
This Week in the Pac-10
Jan. 12 - UCLA at USC
Jan. 13 - Washington State at Arizona, Washington at Arizona State, California at Oregon, Stanford at Oregon State
Jan. 15 - Washington at Arizona, Washington State at Arizona State, Stanford at Oregon, California at Oregon State, UCLA at North Carolina
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 (16.6 ppg), rebounding (8.7 rpg) and minutes (33.7 mpg) and ranking second in assists (3.6 apg). He has had double-doubles six times this season, 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 50 assists are more than he had in either of his first two 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 855 career points and 543 career rebounds, his current pace would put him in the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club by the middle of February.
Legans Leads from the Point
After coming off the bench as a reserve the first six games of the season, freshman point guard Shantay Legans has become a fixture in the starting lineup. Since joining the opening group, Legans has averaged 11.4 ppg and 4.2 apg. He scored 19 points in his first start against San Jose State Dec. 7 and was named to the Golden Bear Classic all-tournament team after scoring eight points with six assists against Boston University and adding 11 points vs. Penn. Legans then totaled 28 points (10-20 FG, 4-10 3P, 4-4 FT) against Arizona State Jan. 8, the highest output for a Cal freshman since Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1996. For the year, Legans ranks second on the team in minutes (28.9 mpg) and leads the Bears in both assists (60) and steals (22). He is also shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range (19-41) and a Pac-10-best 90.6 percent from the foul line (29-32). From a defensive standpoint, his most impressive outing came in Cal's victory over then-No. 22 Gonzaga, when he helped hold preseason All-American Matt Santangelo to just two points on 1-for-13 shooting from the floor.
Unselfish Bears Pass the Ball with Ease
Although no individual is averaging more than 4.3 assists per game, this year's Bears represent Cal's best passing team in several seasons. Through 14 games, Cal has 230 assists for an average of 16.43 per game. That's quite an improvement from last year when the team averaged just 12.67 assists per contest and is the best for the squad since the 1994-95 Bears averaged 16.48 apg. In addition to team-leader Shantay Legans' 4.3 apg, junior forward Sean Lampley (3.6 apg), freshman guard Brian Wethers (2.4 apg), freshman guard Donte Smith (1.4 apg), freshman guard Joe Shipp (1.4 apg), sophomore guard Dennis Gates (1.2 apg) and senior guard Raymond King (1.0 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 2-5 with 16 or less.
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:
Pac-10 Statistical Leaders(as of Jan. 9, 2000)
|3. Sean Lampley||16.6 ppg|
|2. Sean Lampley||8.7 rpg|
|15. Nick Vander Laan||6.1 rpg|
|8. Shantay Legans||4.29 apg|
|9. Sean Lampley||3.57 apg|
|Field Goal Shooting|
|6. Sean Lampley||53.8%|
|4. Shantay Legans||46.3%|
|Free Throw Shooting|
|1. Shantay Legans||90.6%|
|Scoring Offense||4th||77.7 ppg|
|Scoring Defense||8th||71.4 ppg|
|FG Pct. Defense||8th||45.1%|
|3P Pct. Defense||10th||40.1%|
Cal Tries to Avoid 0-3 Pac-10 Start
With a pair of narrow losses to begin the Pac-10 season - 65-61 to No. 5 Arizona and 111-108 in double OT to Arizona State - Cal is 0-2 at the start of conference play for the first time since 1996-97, when the Bears fell on the road at Arizona and ASU. Cal needs a win at Oregon Thursday to avoid its first 0-3 Pac-10 record since 1991-92. That season, the Bears lost their first five league games, finishing just 4-14 in the Pac-10. Perhaps coincidentally, the '91-92 Cal squad also relied on a number of freshmen (Lamond Murray, Alfred Grigsby, K.J. Roberts, Monty Buckley, Ryan Jamison, Brendan Graves). But that group also set the foundation for trips to four NCAA Tournaments (1993, '94, '96, '97) and two Sweet 16s ('93, '97) in the next six years.
Hughes, Vander Laan Provide Support in the Middle
Sophomore center Solomon Hughes and freshman center Nick Vander Laan have given the Bears a stronger presence in the middle this year than they have in recent seasons. Hughes, who has started eight games, is averaging 5.9 ppg on 61.0 percent shooting from the floor. But in the last seven games, he is averaging 8.1 ppg and has broken his career high twice, first with 11 points vs. Boston University, then with 12 against Davidson. Vander Laan, a member of the staring lineup six times, ranks third on the Bears with 10.6 ppg (53.4 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. The duo is sure to get a boost with the return of sophomore Shahar Gordon. Gordon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Dec. 17 and came back to play five minutes vs. Arizona Jan. 6, although he did not play against ASU.
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.