Men's Basketball Hosts Oregon, Oregon State
Jan. 8, 2001
After a 1-1 road trip to Arizona and Arizona State, Cal returns to Haas Pavilion for its Pac-10 home opener against Oregon Thursday before hosting Oregon State Saturday.
The Bears are undefeated in Berkeley this year with a 7-0 record and have won 10 consecutive games in Haas dating back to last season. The 10-game streak ties for the seventh longest in school history.
Last weekend, Cal had two other streaks broken - one negative and one positive. On Thursday, the Bears battled No. 16 Arizona to the wire, but lost, 78-75, to snap a seven-game winning streak. But two days later, Cal put an end to a 10-game losing string in Tempe with a convincing 82-67 win over Arizona State.
In that game against the Sun Devils, the Bears shot a season-high 58.3 percent from the floor. Even more impressive is that Cal started the game 1-for-7, meaning the Bears made 27 of their final 41 field goal attempts (65.9%).
Overall, Cal has shot at least 50 percent from the field in seven consecutive games, the longest stretch for the team since the 1989-90 season. No Cal team has had an eight-game streak since 1959-60, the last year that records are complete.
Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley has topped the 20-point mark his last three games to raise his season scoring average to 18.4 ppg. Voted MVP of the Golden Bear Classic in late December, he has led or tied for the team lead in points in nine consecutive games and in 11 of 13 contests on the year. Lampley has also moved into eighth place on Cal's career list with 1,410 points.
Also on the inside, junior center Solomon Hughes has been on quite a tear of late. At ASU, he made all six of his field goal attempts, finishing with a season-high 15 points. Despite coming off the bench Cal's last 10 games, he has reached double figures seven times during that span. For the year, Hughes leads the Pac-10 with a 70.8 shooting percentage.