Oregon State Falls To Cal
March 14, 2003
By JOHN NADEL
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Richard Midgley scored 12 points and Brian Wethers added11 Thursday night as No. 24 California ended a string of upsets in the openinground of the Pac-10 Conference tournament by beating Oregon State 69-46.
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; UCLAstunned top-seeded Arizona 96-89 in overtime, and Oregon topped fourth-seededArizona State 83-82.
Arizona is ranked No. 1 in the country and Stanford is 15th.
The Bears entered the tournament having lost three of five games afterwinning 12 of their previous 14. They beat Oregon State for the 11th straighttime 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 and10 rebounds for Cal.
Brian Jackson had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers (13-15) wholost eight of their last 10 games. Their previous single-game low this seasonwas 47 points against Arizona State on Jan. 2.
Shipp, the Pac-10's leading scorer, joined Oregon's Luke Ridnour and ArizonaState's Ike Diogu as the only players in the conference to score in doublefigures 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 thenext 15 points for a 53-34 lead. Midgley made two 3-pointers and ConorFamulener one during the spurt.
Philip Ricci scored with 5:49 left to end a scoring drought of nearly nineminutes 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 5ï¿½ minutes. The Beavers hardly tookadvantage, getting only seven points during that time.
Jackson scored seven straight Oregon State points as the Beavers went ahead20-15, matching their biggest lead of the game.
The Bears responded with an 8-0 run and led 25-23 at halftime. The teamsshot a combined 18-of-55 in the opening 20 minutes including 3-of-11 from3-point range.