Cal Escapes with 73-64 Overtime Win at Cleveland State

Nov. 30, 2002

CLEVELAND - Joe Shipp scored 30 points and A.J. Diggs tied the Cal single-game record with eight steals as the Golden Bears escaped with a 73-64 overtime victory over Cleveland State Saturday night.

With the win, Cal improved to 2-0 on the year, while the Vikings fell to 2-3. After a pair of road contests, the Bears next host Howard in their home opener Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.

Against Cleveland State, Cal seemingly took control of the game in the first half. Behind eight straight points from Shipp, the Bears jumped out to a 19-9 advantage less than 10 minutes into the contest. At the half, Cal led 38-26, with Shipp totaling 19 of his points before the break.

In the second half, the Bears appeared to take command, leading by a 49-30 margin on a Shipp breakaway dunk with 13:39 on the clock. However, with the score, 51-33, Cleveland State scored eight points in a row to cut its deficit to 10.

After an Amit Tamir bucket, the Vikings ran off six quick points and suddenly Cal held just a 53-47 advantage. CSU kept up the pressure, and when Tahric Gosley slammed home a dunk with 2:56 left, the Bears' margin shrunk to 57-56.

Brian Wethers responded with a jumper for a 59-56 lead, but Gosley sank 1-of-2 free throws and added another dunk, tying the score a 59-all with 45 seconds to go. Cal missed on its next attempt, giving CSU a chance to win the game on its final possession. However, Diggs forced a jump ball that gave the ball to the Bears with 4.7 seconds left. Cal set up a final play for Shipp, but his three-pointer bounced off the rim.

In the overtime period, baskets by Wethers and Shipp provided a four-point edge, and when Richard Midgley sank a three-pointer with 53 seconds remaining, Cal held a 70-62 lead.

With his eight steals, Diggs matched the school record set by Jason Kidd vs. Stanford in 1993. Diggs, who led the Bears with 47 steals last season, has 12 in his two games this year.

Shipp's 30 points were one shy of his career best of 31 scored against Fresno State last December. In addition, Wethers finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Tamir tied his personal high with seven assists.

Jermaine Robinson paced Cleveland State with 20 points.

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