Men's Basketball Tops Albany
Dec. 11, 2000
Sam Hopes scored 20 points for Albany (2-7), which lost its third straight,while Antione Johnson added 12 and Will Brand had 11.
The Great Danes, in their second season as an independent Division I member,scheduled just this game in their only trip to the West Coast. They played hostto Monmouth on Saturday and now travel to West Point for a game on Friday.
Albany first-year coach Scott Beeton was an assistant under Ben Braun at Calthe previous three years, which led to the Great Danes making their second tripever west of the Mississippi River. Albany visited Long Beach State lastDecember.
Beeton greeted many of his former Cal players with hugs during pre-gameactivities.
Albany, which doesn't have any seniors on its roster, has lost 13 of 17 roadgames, including all five this season, since upgrading to Division I.
Cal's 6-foot-11 freshman center Saulis Kuzminskas saw his first action ofthe season after missing the first six games with an injury.
Albany led 11-10 lead, with Hopes scoring nine points, six minutes into thegame but the Bears went on a 25-2 run over the next seven minutes.
The Great Danes, who missed 13 of their first 17 shots, never got closerthan 20 points the rest of the way.
With the Bears up by 31 points late in the game, freshman walk-on guardRonnie West, the younger brother of former Cal and NBA star Kevin Johnson, madehis first appearance of the season as Cal used all 15 players on the rosterwith 14 scoring.
Cal, which shot 57 percent in the first half, led 52-30 at halftime.