Men's basketball visits WSU, Washington

Jan. 22, 2001

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Cal returns to the road this week when the Bears visit Washington State Thursday and Washington Saturday.

Cal is coming off a 79-69 victory over South Florida, its final non-conference game of the year. The Bears completed their non-Pac-10 slate with a 9-3 mark.

The win helped Cal jump six spots in the RPI to No. 21 in the country. In addition, the Bears are now 19th in the Sagarin ratings.

Another reason Cal has seen its power ranking increase is that fact that the Bears have won 11 of their past 13 games, with the only losses being at preseason No. 1 Arizona and at current No. 1 Stanford. The last 10 wins have been by double digits, including a 12-point victory over Colorado and a 21-point margin against Georgia.

A torrid shooting pace has helped fuel the run. Cal shot at least 50 percent from the floor in nine consecutive games from Dec. 11 (Albany) through Jan. 13 (Oregon State). After making just 42.9 percent at Stanford Jan. 17, the Bears came back with a season-high 60.5 percent vs. South Florida last Saturday.

Against USF, senior forward Sean Lampley made six of his seven field goal attempts on his way to 16 points. Lampley, who started the year shooting just 35.7 percent over the first three games, has raised his average to an even 50 percent for the season. In addition, reserve center Solomon Hughes leads the Pac-10 at 63.7 percent and starting forward Brian Wethers is shooting 51.4 percent.

Overall, Lampley continues his assault on Cal's all-time scoring record. Voted MVP of the Golden Bear Classic in late December, he now ranks sixth on the list with 1,483 points. Lampley, who is averaging 19.8 ppg in league games, needs 206 points to pass Lamond Murray's total of 1,688, or an average of 15.9 ppg the rest of the regular season.

Outside of Lampley, Cal is showing its depth with six other players averaging 7.0 ppg or better, including Hughes, who has reached double digits 10 times in his last 13 games. Wethers tallied 18 points at Stanford last week, while five players scored at least 10 points in the South Florida win.

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