Saint Louis Runs Past Bears, 88-66
Nov. 29, 2000
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - In its first game after two-week layoff, Cal never quite got untracked and fell to St. Louis, 88-66, Wednesday night at the Savvis Center.
At the start of the game, the Bears (1-2) went almost five minutes without scoring. Senior forward Sean Lampley finally put the ball in the basket for Cal's first points at the 14:18 mark. Still, the Bears were down just 6-2 at that point.
However, Cal was never able to catch the Billikens (3-1). A Joe Shipp three-pointer closed the gap to 11-10. SLU then scored eight straight points to stretch its lead to 19-10. Late in the half, the Bears cut it to two points twice, the last being at 29-27 with 3:53 to go. Saint Louis went into the locker room with a 39-31 lead.
The halftime stats showed that Cal shot just 35.7 percent from the floor and had zero assists and nine turnovers.
Out of the break, SLU quickly stretched its lead to double digits and led, 54-44, with 11:53 left. Six straight points by Cal brought the Bears within four. The Billikens, though, responded with a 16-5 run to essentially put the game away.
'Early on, we had some opportunities, but we couldn't get it going,' said Cal head coach Ben Braun. 'We had the unusual stat of no assists at halftime. With zero assists, we're not going to be very successful. We really hurt ourselves by not getting good ball rotation. We did a better job in the second half, but by that time, we had dug a pretty good hole.'
Lampley paced the Bears with 22 points and 11 rebounds - his 21st career double-double. He also moved past Doug True and into 13th place on Cal's career scoring list with 1,228 points. Dennis Gates was the only other Cal player in double digits with 11 points.
For SLU, forward Maurice Jeffers paced the attack with 18 points, while point guard Marque Perry added 17 points.
Cal looks to break out of a six-game road losing streak (dating back to last season) when the Bears visit UC Irvine Saturday night.