Second Half Surge Gets Cal Past Yale, 76-62
Dec. 29, 2000
BERKELEY - After trailing by four points at halftime, Cal outscored Yale, 45-27, in the second half to win its first round game of the Golden Bear Classic, 76-62, Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
Cal (7-3) advances to the championship game to play LaSalle, an 81-78 overtime winner over Lafayette, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Yale (2-7) faces Lafayette in the consolation contest at 5 p.m.
With the win, the Bears extended their winning streak to six games and will be seeking their fifth Golden Bear Classic title in eight years.
In the first half, Yale connected on 8-of-13 three-pointers to grab a 35-31 lead. Guard Chris Leanza led the way with 13 points, including three three-pointers.
After the Bulldogs increased their lead to 42-36, Cal started a 13-2 run to take control at 49-44 with 14:25 remaining. Junior guard Ryan Forehan-Kelly provided the spark with two three-pointers and a steal.
Yale cut its deficit to four points at 53-49, but the Bears went back up by 11 at 61-50 on a Sean Lampley dunk. Cal's largest lead came with 1:29 to go at 74-56.
Lampley paced Cal with 19 points and seven assists, while Forehan-Kelly added 17 points and a pair of steals. He was also 5-for-6 from three-point range.
Leanza finished with 20 points for Yale.
Yale vs. California Postgame Quotes
California head coach Ben Braun ~
'Yale's been in every game this year. I've said for a long time that they're better than their record. They are a difficult team but I think our depth wore down on them in the end.'
'I don't think we played as well as we could have and Yale turned it up and played like they wanted it.'
'I thought Shantay Legans improved his defense in the second half and A.J. Diggs did a tremendous job out there. Ryan Forehan-Kelly played the best all-around game I saw tonight. If we have five players who play like that every night we'll win a lot of games.'
'I thought we had better ball movement in the second half and showed more urgency in out play. Give our guys credit for coming back in the second half and playing the kind of game you have to play to win.'
Yale head coach James Jones ~
'I thought we gave them some trouble. I think the difference is that they stepped it up on the offensive glass. The had a lot of putbacks. It seemed like they scored on every one of them. But we had some opportunities. I thought we did a better job of keeping them from forcing the tempo in the second half.'
On shooting 10-for-22 on three pointers in the game:'You'd like to think that would go a long way (to winning the game), but that isn't necessarily a recipe for success. But we were outrebounded 33-to-28 and they had a lot of easy scores.'