Men's Basketball Wins Exhibition Opener, 88-61

Nov. 2, 2000

BERKELEY - Sean Lampley, Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers scored 15 points apiece Thursday to lead Cal to an 88-61 win over the Los Angeles Stars in the team's first exhibition game of the season at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears play their second and final exhibition next Thursday against EA Sports before opening the regular season Nov. 13 vs. Mississippi State in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

Against the LA Stars, Cal scored the game's first 29 points before the Stars finally scored on a three-pointer with 9:58 remaining in the period. The Bears stretched their lead to 33 points at 50-17 before going into the break up, 50-19.

In the second half, Cal did not play as efficiently, committing 14 turnovers and shooting just 42.1 percent from the floor, compared to 60.7 percent in the first half. Still, the Bears were able to cruise to the easy win.

With a national effort by official to control rough play this year, the contest featured 66 fouls, 37 by Cal and 29 by the LA Stars. Cal shot 33 free throws, 26 in the first half, while the LA Stars went to the line 48 times.

'That's why you play exhibition games,' said Cal coach Ben Braun. 'We had a lot of guys playing basketball, and we wanted to make sure some guys got their feet wet. It was a good introduction for everybody to the new officiating guidelines. So our players had to make adjustments.

'In the second half, it look liked we lost our purpose. We talked about it after the game. That's unacceptable. That's how you end up losing games.'

All 14 players got into the game for the Bears, with no player in for more than 21 minutes. In addition to his 15 points, Wethers also had a team-high 11 rebounds.

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