Bears Blow Past Beavers

March 14, 2003

By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - No more Arizona. Stanford's gone, too. That leaves California as the highest seeded team remaining in the Pac-10 Conference tournament after the upset-filled first round.

Richard Midgley scored 12 points and Brian Wethers added 11 Thursday night as the 24th-ranked Golden Bears used a big second half to beat Oregon State 69-46.

'We saw a lot of seeds going down,' Cal coach Ben Braun said. 'Our team decided we want to be here and play.

The third-seeded Golden Bears (21-7) face seventh-seeded Southern California (12-16) in Friday night's second semifinal game. Eighth-seeded UCLA (10-18) meets fifth-seeded Oregon (21-9) in the opener.

In other first-round action, USC upset second-seeded Stanford 79-74; UCLA stunned top-seeded Arizona 96-89 in overtime, and Oregon topped fourth-seeded Arizona State 83-82.

Arizona is ranked No. 1 in the country and Stanford is 15th.

Cal outscored Oregon State 44-23 in the second half to win decisively. The Beavers shot 10-of-38 (26.3 percent) in the final 20 minutes and 18-of-66 (27.3 percent) overall.

'It's clear you win ballgames by putting the ball in the basket. We struggled to do that,' Oregon State coach Jay John said.

'That was one of our better defensive efforts,' Braun said. 'Oregon State did a good job defensively in the first half. I told our team we'd have to be patient against them, it won't be easy.'

It wasn't for the first 28 minutes - before Cal went on a 15-0 run.

Cal shot 19-of-41 (46.3 percent) in the second half after going 10-of-17 (37.0 percent) in the first half and finished 29-of-68 (42.6 percent).

The Bears entered the tournament having lost three of five games after winning 12 of their previous 14. They beat Oregon State for the 11th straight time and have topped the Beavers in 16 of the last 17 games between the teams.

Joe Shipp had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Amit Tamir had nine points and 10 rebounds for Cal.

Brian Jackson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers (13-15) who lost eight of their last 10 games. Their previous single-game low this season was 47 points against Arizona State on Jan. 2.

Shipp, the Pac-10's leading scorer, joined Oregon's Luke Ridnour and Arizona State's Ike Diogu as the only players in the conference to score in double figures in every game this season when he made a layup with 15:16 remaining, giving the Bears a 38-31 lead.

Oregon State's Jimmie Haywood made a 3-pointer before the Bears scored the next 15 points for a 53-34 lead. Midgley made two 3-pointers and Conor Famulener one during the spurt.

Philip Ricci scored with 5:49 left to end a scoring drought of nearly nine minutes for the Beavers.

Neither team got off to a good start, especially Cal.

A basket by Shipp gave the Bears an 8-6 lead after seven minutes of play, but they didn't score again for more than 5� minutes. The Beavers hardly took advantage, getting only seven points during that time.

Jackson scored seven straight Oregon State points as the Beavers went ahead 20-15, matching their biggest lead of the game.

The Bears responded with an 8-0 run and led 25-23 at halftime. The teams shot a combined 18-of-55 in the opening 20 minutes including 3-of-11 from 3-point range.

Oregon State finished 4-of-24 from beyond the arc while Cal was 6-of-12.

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