Bears Seek Third Straight Win vs. Albany
Dec. 11, 2000
BERKELEY - Cal looks to extend its winning streak to three games when the Bears host Albany in their final game before a 10-day break for final exams.
After opening the year with a win over Mississippi State, Cal lost its next three games on the road. However, the Bears have started their current seven-game homestand with victories over Cleveland State and Colorado.
In Albany, Cal faces a team that is in its second year as a Division I program and is coach by former Cal assistant Scott Beeten.
The Great Danes will see a Bear squad that is coming off its best performance of the season. In its 75-63 win over Colorado, Cal held the Buffaloes to more than 31 points below their season average. In addition, the Bears limited CU to just 37.9 percent from the floor after the Buffs entered the game shooting 55.1 percent.
Individually, sophomore point guard Shantay Legans paced Cal in scoring (15, tied with Sean Lampley), rebounding (6) and assists (6) vs. Colorado. With Lampley on the bench in early foul trouble, Legans helped Cal forge a four-point lead at the break with 10 first-half points. He also made all four of his free throws in the final minute to put the game away.
On the inside, junior center Solomon Hughes made 6-of-7 shots from the floor to finish with 13 points. In three home games so far, Hughes has reached double figures every time, including a best of 14 points in the Mississippi State opener. For the year, he is shooting a Pac-10-leading 73.1 percent from the field.
Overall, Lampley continues to pace Cal in both scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 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 (1,267 points) and has moved into ninth in career rebounds (711). In addition, Lampley has become the third player in school history to register at least 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists.