Bears Upsets No. 9 UCLA
Men's hoops standouts Lampley, Gill each net 18 points.
February 13, 1999
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - When California is bad, it can be a sloppy and disorganized team. But when the Bears are good, as they were Saturday against No. 9 UCLA, they can be very tough to beat.
Sean Lampley and Michael Gill had 18 points each as California got its second win of the season over a Top-10 team, defeating the Bruins 85-67 before the largest crowd in conference history to complete UCLA's lost weekend in northern California.
The 18-point margin was the biggest win at home for Cal against UCLA since 1948.
Carl Boyd added 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and Thomas Kilgore had 12 points for Cal (14-8, 5-7 Pac-10), which defeated North Carolina when the Tar Heels were ranked ninth in late December.
"We did a good job of putting them back on their heels," Cal coach Ben Braun said. "We were the aggressors, and when we're the aggressors I think we're a better team."
Baron Davis had 21 of his 27 points in the second half for UCLA (17-7, 8-5), which was swept in its weekend visit to the San Francisco Bay area. The Bruins lost 77-73 at No. 6 Stanford on Thursday night.
"We got our butts kicked. I wish I could say it someway else, but they pounded us, drove a stake into us, and all we did was cry. They treated us like little kids today," Davis said. "Coming off a loss you should be hungry, but obviously you saw who the hungrier team was today and it wasn't us."
UCLA's Earl Watson was held to six points, less than half his season average, before fouling out with 3:22 remaining. The Bruins had won their previous four games at Cal.
"I'd say this was as poor as we've played all season, and it's tied into the Stanford game," UCLA coach Steve Lavin said. "We did not have the maturity to sustain and put two games together. It shows our lack of maturity that we couldn't come back 48 hours later and play a high-level game."
The crowd of 15,676 at the Oakland Arena, where Cal is playing home games while its campus facility is being renovated and enlarged, set a regular-season record for a Pac-10 game. The old record was 15,517, when UCLA played Southern California at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Feb. 27, 1992.
Leading by 11 at halftime, the Bears used a 6-0 run that included a slam by Lampley to take a 42-30 lead. Seconds later, Cal took its biggest lead at 44-31 on a short bank shot by Lampley.
Another jumper by Lampley with 12:06 left gave Cal a 52-38 lead. Brandon Loyd hit a 3-pointer for UCLA, but Gill responded with a 3 to give Cal back its 14-point lead and Boyd added a layup to make it 57-41.
The Bruins responded with an 8-0 run, including a three-point play by Davis, to pull within eight points. They got within seven with 5:45 left, but Cal then ran off six straight points to push its lead back to 67-54.
After a basket by Davis, Lampley hit two free throws and Boyd threw down a slam to give Cal its biggest lead to that point at 71-56 with 4:03 left.
"We just got an early lead and kept building," Lampley said. "It was 10 points at halftime and our motivation was to continue to build on that lead."
In the first half, Cal made six steals and forced 12 turnovers - five by Dan Gadzuric - to take a 34-23 lead. Neither team shot well in the half, with UCLA hitting 39 percent from the field and Cal hitting just 37 percent.
Davis picked up his third foul with 4:01 left in the first half and did not return before halftime. UCLA trailed by six points when Davis went out, and Cal outscored the Bruins 7-2 the rest of the half.
Center Jerome Moiso missed the game for UCLA with a right foot injury that has bothered him for the past few games. Moiso is the Bruins' third-leading scorer, averaging 12.2 points per game.
By ROB GLOSTER