Bears Try to Rebound at Arizona State
Jan. 5, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After seeing its seven-game winning streak snapped in a 78-75 loss at No. 16 Arizona Thursday night, Cal hopes another string comes to an end Saturday against Arizona State in Tempe.
The Bears have lost their last 10 games in Wells Fargo Arena, having not won in the building since a 68-66 double-overtime victory on Jan. 25, 1990. Cal has come close several times, losing by five or fewer points on five occasions, but the Bears have yet to come out on top.
Despite the setback at Arizona Thursday, Cal is still playing its best basketball of the season. Even in defeat, the Bears shot a season-high 56.9 percent from the floor against the Wildcats. Cal also forced 21 turnovers, giving the Bears a positive turnover margin in eight straight games.
Individually, senior forward Sean Lampley continues to pace the team in scoring (18.2 ppg). Voted MVP of the Golden Bear Classic last week, he has led or tied for the team lead in points in eight consecutive games and in 10 of 12 contests on the year. Lampley scored 21 points and added four rebounds and four assists at Arizona.
Lampley has also moved up to ninth on Cal's career scoring chart with 1,389 points. He had a season-best 25 points to go with 10 assists and just one turnover in the Georgia win Dec. 21 and had 23 points last week vs. LaSalle in the Golden Bear Classic final.
On the outside, junior Ryan Forehan-Kelly rebounded from a scoreless performance against LaSalle to total 16 points at Arizona, connecting on 4-of-6 three-pointers. Cal's career leader in three-point percentage (46.4%), he has made 21-of-44 this year for 47.7 percent.
In addition, point guard Shantay Legans has been playing solidly of late. He has made 10 of his last 14 three-point attempts to climb to second on the team in scoring at 9.7 ppg. Legans also has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 55-23 and leads the team in steals with 17.