Bears Start Second Half of Pac-10 at Oregon State
Feb. 5, 2001
California starts the second half of its Pac-10 schedule with an Oregon road trip, starting with a Thursday visit Oregon State.
The Bears, who are tied for fourth place in the conference with a 6-3 record, have won 14 of their last 17 games to improve to 15-6 overall. As a result, Cal is ranked 25th by the RPI and 23rd in the Sagarin ratings.
At 6-3 in the league for the first time since 1997, the Bears are 3-2 on the road in Pac-10 games and have won three of their past four away from home, including a sweep at Washington State (75-71 OT) and Washington (79-64) in late January.
Even with its recent success, Cal finds itself needing to get back on track following a mixed weekend at Haas Pavilion. Last Thursday, the Bears played perhaps their best game of the season in a 92-63 victory over UCLA. Cal shot 60.3 percent from the floor and tied a school record with 13 three-pointers as six players scored in double figures. However, the Bears then lost their next outing, 80-66, to No. 21 USC for their first setback in Berkeley this year.
Still, senior forward Sean Lampley tied a career best against the Trojans with 29 points, shooting 10-for-12 from the floor and a perfect 9-for-9 from the line. He originally set his career high at Oregon last year. Over the past four games, Lampley has averaged 22.0 ppg, including 27 points at WSU. On Jan. 29, he was voted Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Lampley's surge has also put him in contention to become Cal's all-time leading scorer in the next few weeks. Now with 1,571 points, he needs just 107 more to tie Lamond Murray's record of 1,688 points set from 1992-94.
Point guard Shantay Legans also played well last weekend. In the two games against UCLA and USC, he had 25 points, 15 assists and just one turnover. Only a sophomore, Legans has just moved into Cal's Top 10 three-point list, ranking 10th with 82 made in less than two full seasons.