Cal Breaks ASU Streak with 82-67 Win
Jan. 6, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - With one of its best defensive efforts of the season, California broke a 10-game losing streak in Arizona State's home gym, defeating the Sun Devils, 82-67, Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Bears, who had gone since a double overtime win in 1990 without beating ASU in Tempe, also snapped an overall eight-game road losing string dating back to last February. With the victory, Cal improved to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10, while ASU fell to 8-5 and 0-2.
Cal took nearly four minutes to score its first bucket of the game, but relied on a defense that limited the Sun Devils to just 25.9 percent shooting in the first half. After falling behind, 4-3, the Bears used an 15-4 run for an 18-8 advantage with 9:17 left in the period. At the break, Cal led, 29-18, as the Bears surrendered their fewest points in a half all year.
After intermission, Cal increased its lead to 34-18 and stayed ahead by at least 11 points the rest of the way. The margin reached 21 points at 52-31 with 11:55 left. Down the stretch, ASU kept fouling to try to get back into the contest, but the Bears sank 13-of-14 free throws in the final 2:12.
As a group, Cal shot a season-high 58.3 percent from the floor, the seventh consecutive time the Bears have been at or above 50 percent. In addition, Cal held ASU to just 38.7 percent shooting from the floor and to only 3-for-19 from three-point range.
Senior forward Sean Lampley paced the Bears once again with 21 points and four rebounds. Shantay Legans added 16 points and a career-high-tying five steals. Center Solomon Hughes was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and finished with 15 points, while Joe Shipp, who was playing on a sore ankle he sprained in Thursday's Arizona game, chipped in with a season-best 15 points.
ASU's Alton Mason led all scorers with 25 points, with 21 coming in the second half. Awvee Storey also had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
'I told our team before the game that players play the game, not streaks, rivalries or jinxes,' said Cal head coach Ben Braun. 'Our effort will determine the outcome of the game. I thought our effort and toughness was the key. Arizona State is an aggressive team. We had to be tougher than them.'
Cal returns to action Thursday when the Bears host Oregon at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.