Golden Bears Have Little Trouble With Bulldogs

Dec. 21, 2000

OAKLAND, Calif. - Sean Lampley had 25 points and 10 assists, and BrianWethers scored a career-high 21 as California beat Georgia 85-64 Thursday nightin the second game of the Pete Newell Challenge.

Playing for the first time in 10 days, the Golden Bears (5-3) won theirfourth straight game with a strong offensive performance against the Bulldogs.Cal, which was led to the 1959 NCAA title by Newell, hasn't lost in fourappearances at the Pete Newell Challenges.

Wethers hit three 3-pointers in the first half and Lampley scored 12 pointsas Cal jumped to a comfortable lead and easily held it. Nick Vander Laan had 14points in the game, and Shantay Legans added 12 as Cal shot 51 percent and madejust one turnover in the second half.

The teams, who had never met, provided none of the drama in the Challenge'sfirst game, in which Stanford beat Duke, 84-83, on a late jumper by CaseyJacobsen.

The only fireworks came with 4:30 left, when Lampley leveled Rashad Wrightat midcourt on a blind pick and the teams exchanged harsh words.

Anthony Evans had 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, whocommitted 15 turnovers and lost their second straight. D.A. Layne added 13points, but Georgia missed 11 of its last 14 shots in a failed comebackattempt.

Much of the Oakland Arena crowd of 19,804 - the largest ever to see acollege hoops game in California - stuck around for the first half of thesecond game, but they sounded exhausted from cheering during No. 3 Stanford'sdramatic victory over top-ranked Duke.

By the second half, only a few thousand basketball die-hards remained in thestands. Newell stayed in his courtside seat until the final buzzer.

AP Sports Writer

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