Lampley Leads Cal Past Coppin State, 75-59

Dec. 23, 2000

BERKELEY - Senior forward Sean Lampley scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half to lead California to a 75-59 victory over Coppin State Saturday in Haas Pavilion.

With its fifth consecutive win, Cal improved to 6-3 on the year, while Coppin fell to 4-5.

The Bears started the game by building a seven-point lead in the opening seven minutes. Coppin, though, scored the next seven straight to tie the game at 13-13. Cal then responded with an 11-0 run, which was capped by a Solomon Hughes layup.

Cal led by as many as 16 points in the first period and entered the half with a 33-20 advantage.

After intermission, the Bears quickly built their lead to 18 points at 51-33, and Cal's largest spread was 23 points with a 63-40 edge.

The Bears shot 50 percent from the floor, marking the third straight game they have made at least half their shots.

Coppin State's Joe Brown paced all scorers with 24 points.

In addition to Lampley, junior guard Ryan Forehan-Kelly added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Bears. Hughes finished with 12 points and Brian Wethers contributed 11.

Postgame Quotes

California Head Coach Ben Braun -

'I wasn't so worried about points tonight but on being more consistent. We have to be more aggressive and take it to the basket.'

'I think ball movement is the key for our team. We need to take better care of the ball.'

'If our team plays as hard as Coppin State, we're going to win a lot of games this year, and I mean that as a compliment to them and Coach Mitchell. Coppin State is going to be a tough team to play against this season. They do a very good job making you play tempo basketball.'

'I'm so glad to see Shantay Legans stepping up but he's got to take more shots. We've got to rotate the ball and get him more looks.'

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