December 21, 1998
OAKLAND - Carl Boyd scored a career-high 16 points to lead five Golden Bears in double figures, as California breezed past Eastern Kentucky, 84-49, in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic Monday at the Oakland Arena.
The Bears will next play Southwestern Louisiana, a 60-58 victor over Mississippi State in the other first round game, in the championship contest Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Mississippi State will play EKU at 5 p.m.
"It's nice to have this win," Cal head coach Ben Braun said. "I told our players that you have to earn games like this, they don't just come to you, you have to cause the action."
Cal extended its winning streak to five games and remained undefeated at home, improving to 5-0 at the Arena.
EKU, which fell to 1-8 on the year, opened with a brief 5-2 lead. But Cal (7-1) scored 27 of the next 29 points to take an insurmountable 29-7 advantage. The Bears led by as many as 25 points in the first half and were up, 42-23.
In the second half, Cal outscored the Colonels, 20-3, over the first 10 minutes of the second half to lead, 62-26.
All 17 players on the Cal roster, including seven walk-ons, saw action in the game, and no player was in the game for more than 25 minutes.
In addition to Boyd, Solomon Hughes, Sean Lampley, Mike Gill and Geno Carlisle scored 10 points apiece. Whitney Robinson paced EKU with 15 points.