Men's Basketball Hosts Washington State at 7:30 Saturday
Feb. 23, 2001
Cal seeks its 10th conference win of the season when the Bears host Washington State Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion. At 9-4 in Pac-10 play, Cal has already clinched its fourth upper division finish in the last five years. But 10 league victories would mark a milestone, as the Bears have accomplished the feat just three other times in the last 10 years. Cal was 12-6 in 1993, 13-5 in 1994 and 12-6 in 1997.
The Bears also have an opportunity to record their fourth series sweep of the season, something they haven't done since 1994. Already this year, Cal is 2-0 vs. Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. Earlier in the year, the Bears edged Washington State, 75-71, in overtime and they have won their last five games over the Cougars in the Bay Area.
At 18-7 overall, including wins in 17 of their last 21 games, the Bears find themselves at 21st in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and 23rd in the Sagarin ratings.
Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley has a shot at becoming Cal's all-time leading scorer Saturday, needing 25 points to pass Lamond Murray on the Bears career chart. Lampley enters the game with 1,664 points to Murray's 1,688. He put himself in position to get the record at home by scoring 29 points vs. Washington Thursday. Lampley made all eight of his field goal attempts, including a three-pointer, and was 12-for-16 from the free throw line. In addition, he grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds and dished out six assists.
For the year, Lampley leads the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.7 ppg, while also ranking tied for seventh in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and ninth in field goal shooting (52.3%). His 32-point effort at Oregon State Feb. 8 is the high for a Pac-10 player this year, while his 17 boards vs. the Huskies ties for the best performance in a conference game this season.
Also on the inside, sophomore center Nick Vander Laan may return to the court after sitting out Thursday's contest with a sprained ankle. In his absence, junior Solomon Hughes tallied 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 FT) and pulled down six rebounds against the Huskies.
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