UC Irvine Upsets Men's Basketball, 56-52
Dec. 3, 2000
IRVINE - Forwards Ben Jones and Sean Jackson combined to score 32 points to lead UC Irvine to a 56-52 upset over California Saturday night.
With the win, UCI improved to 3-1 overall, while Cal lost its third straight game to drop to 1-3.
Early in the contest, it appeared the Bears might make an easy game of it, as Cal jumped out to a 10-4 lead less than six minutes in. However, Sean Lampley and Shantay Legans picked up two fouls each, and with those two Cal starters forced to the bench, the Anteaters were able to make a run. In fact, when Jerry Green made a driving layup at the 9:20 mark, UCI completed a 9-0 run for a 13-10 advantage.
Cal briefly re-took the lead twice more by one point, the last at 19-18 on a Dennis Gates three-pointer. But UCI claimed the lead for good at 20-19 on a pair of Malachi Edmond free throws. At the half, the Anteaters were up by a 26-22 margin.
After the break, UCI extended its lead to 12 points at 48-36 with 8:25 to go. At that point, Cal picked up its pace and used a 15-4 run to close to 52-51 with 2:49 left. During that stretch, the Bears benefited from three-pointers by Legans, Joe Shipp and Ryan Forehan-Kelly.
But Legans' layup for Cal's 51st point would by the Bears final field goal of the night. UCI hit four free throws down the stretch, and Cal dropped its seventh consecutive road game overall and third straight this season.
'I thought our intensity was good early,' said Cal head coach Ben Braun. 'Then, we let it fall off when we got into foul trouble. The challenge is to play hard but with restraint.'
Legans paced Cal with 16 points, while Lampley finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds. The Bears did make 9-of-19 from three-point range, but were just 9-for-28 on two-point attempts.
Jones paced UCI with 19 points, and Jackson, a former Cal player who transferred to UCI after the 1997-98 season, had 12.
'I think the guys know what we have to do,' Lampley said. 'We have to mentally get together. It's not physical. I'm struggling. I need to be in the game.'