No. 21 Cal Tops ASU, 91-80
Feb. 28, 2002
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Shantay Legans and Amit Tamir each made a late3-pointer that allowed No. 21 California to pull away from Arizona State for a91-80 victory Thursday night.
Legans, who had 20 points, five assists and four steals, made his fourth3-pointer in as many tries with 2:45 to play, opening a 77-70 lead. Tamir, whofinished with 18 points and seven rebounds, made his 25 seconds later to makeit 80-72.
Joe Shipp also had 18 points for the Bears (21-6, 12-5 Pac-10), who remainedin the race for the conference title.
Tommy Smith had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona State (14-12, 7-10),while injured center Chad Prewitt had 17 of his 19 points in the second half.
Prewitt partially tore a ligament in his right elbow during practice onTuesday.
Cal, who finished 17-1 at home, rallied to win for the fourth time in nineroad games.
The Sun Devils led 59-53 after Smith made a layup off an inbounds pass with9:36 to play.
But they went nearly six minutes without another field goal, and Cal caughtup and went ahead with a 17-4 run that lasted 4:23.
Legans made two free throws with 6:16 to play as the Bears regained thelead, 64-63.
After a putback by Ryan Forehan-Kelly, Legans made two free throws after atechnical foul was called on Smith, and Cal led 68-63. Shipp banked in a7-footer at the 5:13 mark, and Arizona State got no closer than four pointsafter that.
There was only one lead change in the first half, but four in a 1:31 span ofthe second after the Bears made up a five-point halftime deficit.
Arizona State regained the lead at 53-52 with 12:24 remaining on two freethrows by Kenny Crandall, starting an 8-1 surge which Smith capped with hislayup.
No one but Smith had scored for Arizona State, and Cal had a 14-9 leadbefore James Braxton made a layup 5:49 into the game.
Crandall, playing for the first time since spraining his right foot on Jan.31, tied it at 14 with a 3-pointer 24 seconds later, feeding a 17-3 run thatgave the Sun Devils a 26-17 lead with 9:26 left in the half.
Legans made three 3-pointers over the next 2:43, getting the Bears within30-26.