Cal Comes Strong In Overtime To Beat Mississippi St., 83-76

Nov. 13, 2000

AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. - Ryan Forehan-Kelly and Joe Shipp hit consecutive3-pointers late in overtime and California beat Mississippi State 83-76 Mondaynight in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

California advanced to play Texas, which beat Navy 79-65, in the secondround on Wednesday night.

In winning its season opener for the 11th time in 12 years, Cal overcame 26points and 8 3-pointers by Mississippi State's Antonio Jackson, who threatenedto shoot the Bulldogs into the second round all by himself.

After narrowly missing a win in regulation, the Bears ran away by allowingthe Bulldogs just one field goal in overtime.

The Bears were inches away from a regulation victory. After Mario Austinmissed an 8-foot jumper and Cal called a timeout with one second left, ShantayLegans threw a full-court pass that ricocheted off two Bulldogs' hands and wentto Sean Lampley but his 15-foot jumper went in and out.

In overtime, Lampley, who led Cal with 19 points, hit a jumper and a freethrow, and Shipp's long 3-pointer put Cal up by four with 1:29 left.

In a game that began at 9 p.m. PST to accommodate national television, theteams combined to shoot 49 3-pointers. Mississippi State outrebounded the Bears46-30 and got 13 points and 13 rebounds from Robert Jackson, while Austin had16 points.

Solomon Hughes had 14 points for Cal, and Shipp added 13. Shipp and BrianWethers each hit three 3-pointers.

Regulation featured eight lead changes over the final 10 minutes. TangHamilton beat the shot clock and put Mississippi State ahead 72-70 when heslipped into the middle of the lane and slammed down a two-handed dunk with 40seconds to play. Cal replied with a short bank shot by Hughes with 14 secondsleft.

The Bulldogs missed 11 of their first 12 shots as Cal jumped to an earlylead, but Mississippi State came back behind Jackson's red-hot shooting.

Lampley, the leading scorer and rebounder on the Bears' 18-15 team lastseason, got into early foul trouble while facing more of the tough insidedefense that often proved to be Cal's undoing last season.

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