Cal Hangs on for 67-60 Victory over UC Santa Barbara

Dec. 10, 2002

BERKELEY - Senior forward Joe Shipp led five players with double figures with 17 points as Cal held on for a 67-60 victory over UC Santa Barbara Tuesday night at Haas Pavilion.

For the third time this season, the Bears jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first half - this time by a 29-10 margin - only to see its opponent get back into the game with a rush.

Paced by Shipp's 11 points in the first half, Cal made 8-of-15 three-pointers in the opening period and out-rebounded the Gauchos, 17-9. The Bears scored the game's first 13 points and were up, 29-10, on an Erik Bond three-pointer with 5:48 to go.

UCSB called a time out at that point and proceeded to slice into the Bears' advantage, making the score, 35-23, at the break.

In the second half, the Gauchos opened with a 7-0 run to close to 35-30. Cal extended its lead to 39-30 on a Brian Wethers bucket, but the Bears were unable to build their lead to 10 points the rest of the way.

UCSB did cut its deficit to one at 50-49 with 4:02 remaining. However, A.J. Diggs pushed Cal ahead by three with a layup and the Bears sank 15-of-18 free throws down the stretch.

In addition to Shipp, Tamir and Wethers finished with 12 points each, while Richard Midgley chipped in with 11 points and Diggs with 10. Diggs also had five steals to increase his five-game season total to 20.

Cal head coach Ben Braun postgame quotes
'We played 16 minutes to tough basketball in the first half. It was pretty good basketball against a pretty good team.'

'Santa Barbara came out with a lot of fire in the second half. Those guys can knock down shots with the best of them.'

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