Men's Basketball Hosts Colorado, Albany
Dec. 8, 2000
Cal tries to stay perfect in Haas Pavilion this year when the Bears host a tough Colorado team Saturday night.
The Buffaloes have broken the 100-point barrier in their last two games - wins over Texas-Arlington and Saint Mary's - but will face a Cal defense that is allowing just 66.2 ppg. In fact, the Bears have kept three of their last four opponents under 60 points - Texas (57), UC Irvine (56) and Cleveland State (54).
However, Cal has struggled on the offensive end, averaging only 63.4 ppg and shooting 39.8 percent from the floor. So far, it's been hard to pinpoint the problem area. At UC Irvine last week, the Bears were 9-for-19 from three-point range (47.4%), but just 9-for-28 from inside the arc (32.1%). Last Tuesday against Cleveland State, Cal shot 2-for-15 on three-pointers (13.3%), but 16-for-32 on two-point tries (50.0%).
Overall, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to pace Cal in both scoring (16.2 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg). He tied a season high with 22 points vs. Cleveland State and is the only Bear averaging in double figures. Lampley ranks 13th on the school career scoring chart (1,252 points) and has moved into ninth in career rebounds (708). In addition, Lampley became the third player in school history to register at least 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists Tuesday night.
In addition to Lampley, Cal also needs strong performances from centers Solomon Hughes and Nick Vander Laan. Hughes, who leads the Bears in field goal shooting at 68.4 percent (13-19), had 10 points in 18 minutes vs. Cleveland State. Vander Laan ranks second to Lampley in rebounding with 7.2 per game.
On the outside, junior Ryan Forehan-Kelly and sophomore Joe Shipp are tied for team honors with seven three-pointers apiece, while point guard Shantay Legans has 20 assists with only nine turnovers. In Tuesday's CSU game, Legans did not have a turnover in 32 minutes of action.