Men's Basketball Hosts Coppin State
Dec. 22, 2000
Coming off an impressive 85-64 victory over Georgia Thursday night in the fourth annual Pete Newell Challenge, Cal aims for its fifth consecutive win when the Bears host Coppin State Saturday at 7 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.
Cal owns a 4-0 mark in Haas this year and has won its last seven games in the building. Overall, the Bears are 12-1 vs. non-conference opponents in Haas since the facility opened last fall.
If Cal can defeat the Eagles Saturday, the Bears will have their longest winning streak since they won five straight games to capture the 1999 National Invitation Tournament title. The last time Cal won five in a row during the regular season was during a seven-game streak in December 1998.
One player who has been playing especially well during the current run is sophomore Brian Wethers. The 6-5 guard/forward has seen his on-court time increase in every game and he tallied a career-high 21 points in the Georgia victory. That output raised his season scoring average a full two points to 7.4 ppg. He is also shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and a team-best 53.8 percent from three-point range.
For the year, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to pace the team in scoring (17.1 ppg), although he has fallen behind sophomore center Nick Vander Laan in rebounding (7.5 rpg to 7.3 rpg). Lampley has reached double figures in points seven times in eight games to move up to 12th on Cal's career scoring chart (1,308 points). He had a season-best 25 points to go with 10 assists and just one turnover in the Georgia contest.
The Bears are also getting strong inside play from Vander Laan and fellow center Solomon Hughes. Hughes is shooting 68.6 percent from the field (24-35) and has scored at least 10 points in all four games at Haas Pavilion. Vander Laan is coming off a 14-point, 12-rebound game vs. Georgia, his first double-double of the year.
On the outside, point guard Shantay Legans seems to have found his offensive rhythm, averaging 13.0 ppg and 5.0 apg his last three times out. During that span, he has made 57.9% of his field goal attempts, including 8-of-12 from three-point range.