Cal Men Look to Regroup at Oregon State Saturday
Jan. 11, 2002
California Golden Bears (10-3, 1-2) at Oregon State Beavers (8-7, 1-4)
Saturday, Jan. 12, 5 p.m., Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR
TV: Fox Sports Net
Radio: KABL (960 AM)
A Quick Look at the Golden Bears
* Cal seeks its first road win of the year when the Bears visit Oregon State Saturday afternoon. Cal is 0-3 away from home this season and has lost its last six outside Berkeley. However, the Bears started 0-4 on the road last season and finished with a 5-7 road mark, including a 5-4 record in league play.
* Junior forward Joe Shipp entered the season with a career-best game of 22 points. However, he has topped that figure three times this year with 24 points vs. Saint Louis, 31 points against Fresno State and 24 points at Oregon Thursday. Over his last eight games, Shipp is averaging 18.1 ppg.
* Senior center Solomon Hughes will miss his fourth straight game against the Beavers Saturday with a strained right knee. He is making progress in his rehabilitation efforts and hopes to return to action next week against the Washington schools. Prior to the injury, which was sustained in practice, Hughes was averaging 11.4 ppg and leading the Pac-10 in field goal shooting at 69.6 percent.
* Cal has won its last six games over Oregon State in Corvallis and eight of its last nine on the Beavers' home floor. Last year, Sean Lampley hit a long three-pointer at the end of overtime to lift the Bears to a 72-69 victory. Lampley finished with a career-high 32 points.
* The Bears have had at least 10 steals in eight of their last nine games. Thursday, Cal became the first school to reach double digits vs. Oregon this year with 11 steals.
* Cal leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +5.23, more than double their average from last year when the Bears paced the Pac-10 at +2.55. Cal has had more turnovers than its opponent only once this season when New Mexico had 10 turnovers to Cal's 12.
* Senior wing Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 19 points, including 13 in the final 5:12, to help Cal break a 10-game losing streak to Stanford last Sunday.
* Freshman forward Amit Tamir, who starts in Hughes' absence, has shown steady progress since joining the lineup Dec. 28 and tallied a career-best 19 points at Oregon. He also had 10 points in the win over Stanford.