Men's Basketball Starts Homestand with Cleveland State

Dec. 4, 2000


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Cal makes a welcome return to Haas Pavilion this week, and the Bears hope the friendly atmosphere can help change their recent fortunes. Since opening the year with an 83-76 overtime win over Mississippi State Nov. 13, Cal has played three consecutive road games and come away with three straight losses.

Now, the Bears have an opportunity to get well at home, as Cal's next seven games are all in the Bay Area - six in Haas and one at the Oakland Arena.

History also indicates that the Bears should be able to turn their season around. Although they have lost seven straight road games dating back to last year, the Bears are 9-1 against non-conference opponents in Haas since the arena opened last fall.

This week, Cal faces two teams for the first time ever in Cleveland State and Albany, while the Bears will be looking to avenge last year's 80-62 setback at Colorado.

Overall, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to pace Cal in both scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg). He ranks 13th on the school career scoring chart (1,230 points) and has moved into ninth in career rebounds (700). In addition, Lampley needs one more assist to become the third player in school history to register at least 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 assists.

In last Saturday's UC Irvine game, head coach Ben Braun made his first change to the starting lineup this year, inserting Ryan Forehan-Kelly and Nick Vander Laan. Forehan-Kelly responded with six points, five rebounds and two assists, while Vander Laan tied for team honors with nine rebounds. For the season, Forehan-Kelly leads the Bears in three-pointers with seven made (7-13, 53.8%).

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