The Drought Is Over As The Bears Down No. 12 Stanford, 68-54
Jan. 6, 2002
By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 13 of his 19 points overthe final five minutes and California upset No. 12 Stanford 68-54 Sunday night,ending its longest drought against its Bay Area rival.
Amit Tamar added 10 points for the Bears (10-2, 1-1 Pac-10), who won their10th straight home game and snapped a 10-game losing streak to Stanford.
Casey Jacobsen scored 20 points to lead Stanford (8-3, 1-1), which hadn'tlost to the Bears in nearly five years and never before at the 3-year-old HaasPavilion.
Cal's victory was the first against Stanford for every member of the currentteam. The last win came on Jan. 29, 1997.
Fans poured onto the court even as time was running out and wouldn't allowthe team to leave for several minutes.
Solomon Hughes, Cal's 6-foot-11 senior center, missed his second game with astrained right knee. Hughes, the Bears' second-leading scorer, leads the Pac-10in field goal percentage at 69.6 percent. He remains questionable forThursday's game at Oregon.
After Cal missed its first 14 3-point attempts, Forehan-Kelly and ShantayLegans - with the shot clock winding down to zero - hit consecutive shots frombeyond the arc to give the Bears a 57-47 lead with 4:08 remaining.
Forehan-Kelly hit another 3-pointer two minutes later to give Cal a 62-51lead.
After the Bears scored to open the second half, Stanford rallied to tie thescore at 34-all.
Instead of wilting like they did Friday at Stanford - when the Bears fellbehind by double figures and eventually lost by 20 points - Cal regained themomentum and maintained a small lead until pulling away late in the half.
The Bears are beating their opponents by an average of 16.7 at home.Stanford fell to 0-3 when getting outrebounded.
Cal missed 19 of its first 23 shots but managed to stay afloat by forcing 10turnovers and by outrebounding the Cardinal in the first half.
The Bears were 4-of-4 from the field in the final minute and scored thefinal eight points of the half to take a 32-26 lead.
Cal honored its basketball alumni at halftime and among those in attendancewere former NBA star Kevin Johnson and former coach Pete Newell.