Cal Men's Basketball Falls To Texas In Preaseason NIT Action

Nov. 15, 2000

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Maurice Evans scored 17 points and Chris Owens hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 50 seconds left as Texas beat California 57-54 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Preseason NIT.

The Longhorns (2-0) advanced to the semifinals next week in New York'sMadison Square Garden. Texas will play the winner of Friday night'sDuke-Villanova game.

Evans' short jumper with 1:49 to play tied it at 53, and Owens' basket gaveTexas the lead.

California (1-1) had a chance to tie it again from the foul line but Sean

Lampley hit just one of two free throws with 27 seconds left. Texas' ChrisMcColpin, an 83-percent career free-throw shooter, then hit both ends of a1-and-1 with 15 seconds left.

Cal had one last chance to tie but Joe Shipp's 3-point attempt over twodefenders was well of the mark.

Owens, who had a career-high 28 points in Texas' 79-65 victory over Navy onMonday, finished with just nine points against the Golden Bears but made up forit on the defensive end. He had eight blocks, tying Texas' single-game recordset last season by Chris Mihm.

The Longhorns also forced played tough defense on the floor, forcing 19 Calturnovers. The Golden Bears committed just seven turnovers in an overtime winover Mississippi State on Monday.

Ryan Forehan-Kelly led California with 13 points.

Cal coach Ben Braun had complained that his team had to travel to Texas forthe second round game after the Golden Bears drew about 3,000 more fans thanTexas did in the Longhorns' season opener.

The Texas crowd was sparse again Wednesday night with just 6,459 in the16,100-seat Frank Erwin Center.

Cal raced to a 12-2 lead as the Longhorns struggle to find the basket with1-of-12 shooting over the first six minutes. Evans brought the drought with atip in and the Longhorns reeled off 10 straight points to tie it at 12.

The teams played even the rest of the half, exchanging the lead 10 times before Cal took a 28-27 lead into halftime.

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