Men's Basketball Hosts Golden Bear Classic

Dec. 27, 2000


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Cal hosts the eighth annual Golden Bear Classic this weekend with Yale, Lafayette and LaSalle coming to Berkeley.

The Bears, who are riding a five-game winning streak, have captured four of the previous seven Classics, including three in a row from 1996-98. Last year, though, Cal fell to Penn, 74-71, in the title game.

Since Haas Pavilion opened in the fall of 1999, that loss is the only blemish on Cal's non-conference home record in the facility. Overall, the Bears are 13-1 vs. non-Pac-10 teams in Haas, including 5-0 this year.

In addition, Cal is on a five-game winning streak in all games, and two wins this weekend would match the Bears longest under head coach Ben Braun. Cal also took seven in a row from March 10-Nov. 20, 1999 and from Dec. 3-29, 1998.

Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to pace the team in scoring (17.2 ppg). He has led or tied for the lead in points in five consecutive games and in seven of nine contests on the year. Lampley has also reached double figures in points eight times in nine games to move up to 12th on Cal's career scoring chart (1,326 points). He had a season-best 25 points to go with 10 assists and just one turnover in the Georgia contest Dec. 21.

On the outside, point guard Shantay Legans seems to have found his offensive rhythm, averaging 12.0 ppg and 5.8 apg his last four games. During that span, he has made 60.9% of his field goal attempts, including 11-of-15 from three-point range.

In addition, sophomore Brian Wethers remains on his career-best surge with an average of 12.8 ppg over the last four games, including a high of 21 vs. Georgia. During the first five games of the year, Wethers averaged only 3.8 ppg.

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