No. 21 USC snaps Cal's home streak, 80-66
Feb. 3, 2001
BERKELEY - Sam Clancy scored 25 points and Jeff Trepagnier added 19 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as No. 21 USC snapped Cal's 14-game home winning streak with an 80-66 victory Saturday.
The Trojans, who improved to 16-5 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-10, jumped out to a 20-10 lead and were never seriously threatened the rest of the game. Cal (15-6, 6-3) cut its deficit to eight points on several occasions in the first half, but found itself down, 39-27, at the break.
During the decisive first half, USC shot 57.7 percent from the floor, with Clancy scoring 14 points. The Bears were 0-7 from three-point range and committed eight turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.
Out of the break, the Trojans quickly upped their lead to 50-30 with 15:21 left in the game and had their largest advantage at 57-30 with 12:46 to go.
Cal made a final push in the closing minutes, closing the gap to just 11 points at 77-66 with 29 seconds left. But there wasn't enough time to complete the comeback.
Sean Lampley was the one Cal player who had a big night, tying his career high with 29 points. He shot 10-of-12 from the floor and 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Shantay Legans was the only other Bear in double figures with 15 points, including four three-pointers.
Cal played the game without junior guard Dennis Gates, who had an appendectomy earlier in the day. He is expected to be out at least two weeks. Junior guard Ryan Forehan-Kelly sat out the second half with a migraine headache.
California Head Coach Ben Braun ~
'I'm very disappointed. It comes down to effort when you're playing a top-notch team like SC. It just didn't happen for us tonight.'
'I think it's understandable to not come out as sharp as Thursday, but the thing you have to control is putting out your best effort. If we'd played the whole 40 minutes like we played the last seven, I would have been happy.'
'We knew this team would double-team us the whole game and we didn't handle that very well.'
'I hope our players are smart enough to go back and ask themselves why we got beat. We're going to give SC all the credit in the world. It comes down to the effort you put out at the beginning of the game. We've beat this team in the past by playing harder and wanting it more. That didn't happen tonight.'
'Good competitors get out after it at the start and don't wait to take their opponent's temperature later. I just ask our team for its best effort and I don't think I got that until it was too late into the game.'
USC Head Coach Henry Bibby ~
'I thought that we played the defense today that we really needed to play. You're not going to stop Sean Lampley too many times, and what we wanted to do was not let other people get going. We knew that their bench gave them about 25 points a game, and we didn't want those other guys to come in and get those points. The last two games we've played have been really good, and we've stepped it up a level. Since I've been coaching, we've lost the last 11 out of 12 games here (in Berkeley), and I guess you could say that I was due. This was the one that we really needed. We knew that Shantay (Legans) shoots the ball really well outside, and we wanted to cause some problems with him. We just wanted to work him and not let him do what he likes doing, and that's penetrating and shooting the open shots.'