Cal Defense Stops Colorado, 75-63
Dec. 9, 2000
BERKELEY - With its best all-around effort of the season, California held Colorado's high scoring offense to more than 30 points below its average as the Golden Bears beat the Buffaloes, 75-63, Saturday night in Haas Pavilion.
Cal, which won is second straight game, improved to 3-3 overall, while CU fell to 5-3.
Colorado came into the game averaging 94.4 ppg and shooting 55.1 percent from the floor. However, the Bears limited CU to the 63 points and just 37.9 percent shooting. Cal was especially strong down the stretch, holding the Buffaloes without a field goal from the 8:54 mark until just 28 seconds remained.
Senior forward Sean Lampley, who did not score and had only one rebound in the first half due to foul trouble, scored 15 points after intermission to tie sophomore guard Shantay Legans for team honors. Legans also had six assists for the Bears. In addition, Cal's two centers, Solomon Hughes (13 points) and Nick Vander Laan (10 points), combined for 23 points in the contest.
At the onset, Colorado took the early lead and when up by as many as seven points with a 19-12 lead with 12:25 left in the opening period. Cal rebounded to take a 20-19 lead on Ryan Forehan-Kelly's three-pointer, but CU again went ahead, extending its advantage to 27-22. The Bears narrowed the gap, then scored the final five points of the half for a 37-33 edge at the break.
In the second half, the Buffaloes again came out hot and retook the lead at 41-39 on a three-pointer by Jose Winston. Joe Shipp answered with a three-pointer of his own to give Cal the lead for good at 42-41. His trey sparked a 13-2 Bear run that ended on a Hughes dunk for a 52-43 lead with 13:33 left.
CU cut it to four points at 54-50, but the Bears scored the next seven points, capped by a three-pointer from Brian Wethers. In the final 3:33, Cal made 8-of-10 free throws to keep the game out of reach.
Post Game Quotes
California Head Coach Ben Braun ~
'It really was a hard fought win. Against good teams you have to show up and put good effort in and that's what we did tonight.'
'I thought the defense was a big difference down at the end of the game. We don't want to exchange baskets with teams, we want to make string of stops like we did in the second half tonight.'
'I thought Solomon Hughes is starting to come out and give this team a lift on the floor.'
'It was good to have Sean Lampley back in the second half. I think he was a little AWOL in the first half and that's not a Sean Lampley half. We're going to have to work on our foul discipline in practice and we have ways to do that.'
'I was just very pleased with our effort out there. We really have an ability to take some people out and make the adjustments we need to make.'
'We are definitely moving in the right direction. It's not what people think about you but what we think about our performance that matters.'
Colorado Head Coach Ricardo Patton ~
'I was impressed with Cal's defense, but I was even more impressed with their intensity. I think they were a little embarrassed at our place last year (losing 80-62).'
'This is the first time that our kids have played in front of 9,000 fans - loud, screaming fans - so they had a hard time with that.'