Bears Win Ninth Straight Home Game, 81-67
Jan. 13, 2001
BERKELEY - Sophomore forward Joe Shipp came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points to lead California to an 81-67 victory over Oregon State Saturday in Haas Pavilion.
With the victory, the Bears improved to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10, their best start to the conference season since 1996. Cal also extended its homecourt winning streak to 12 games, including a 9-0 mark this year.
Oregon State (6-9, 0-3) suited only seven players for the game due to injuries and one suspension. But despite the numbers, the Beavers kept the game within reach for most of the second half, mostly due to strong three-point shooting. OSU made 12-of-28 from the behind the arc, including 7-of-16 in the final 20 minutes.
The Bears opened the contest by scoring the game's first nine points, capped by Sean Lampley's first three-pointer of the year. After OSU cut it to 9-6, Cal jumped out to a 20-8 advantage. A few minutes later, Shipp's three-pointer made it 27-15 with 6:06 left, and the Bears led by at least 10 the rest of the way.
Cal's lead reached 17 points at 64-47, but the Beavers cut it to 11 points several times in the final seven minutes.
In addition to Shipp, Lampley reached the 20-point level for the fifth straight game, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists. Center Solomon Hughes also added 14 points and six boards.
Cal shot 53.8 percent from the field, the ninth time in a row the Bears have been 50 percent or better. Cal also turned the ball over only six times.
Brian Jackson paced OSU with 21 points, while Emonte Jernigan added 20 points and Deaundra Tanner had 16 points and seven assists.
California vs. Oregon State Postgame Quotes
California Head Coach Ben Braun -
'Oregon State is a very good team in this league and everyone has respect for them this year. We knew coming in tonight that they had to hit some threes and they did that, but our guys did what they needed to do down the stretch to win. Oregon State came in here and gave us everything they had. Nobody said this league is going to be easy.'
'Give our guys credit for taking quality shots tonight. We went to the free throw line 24 times and that's a sign of a mature team to me.'
'I think Solomon Hughes is improving a lot. He's an intelligent person who will continue to get better as long as he keeps working hard.'
Oregon State Head Coach Ritchie McKay -
'I'm a little drained. For the first 20 minutes, I was pretty animated. We played horrendously. I don't know what it was, whether we thought we were going to give up because we didn't have Jason (Heidi). Had we given the offensive effort and attitude in the first half, and played with confidence and a sense of purpose, then we would have had a chance to win down the stretch. But we didn't do that.'
'When you play from behind against a good team that's at home, you don't have that much of a margin for error. We played catch-up the entire game, and you're not going to beat Cal playing like that.'