Wethers Leads Men's Basketball over ASU, 86-67
March 8, 2001
BERKELEY - Sophomore Brian Wethers scored a career-high 27 points as California moved closer to clinching an NCAA Tournament berth with an 86-67 win over Arizona State Thursday night in Haas Pavilion.
With the win, Cal improved to 20-9 overall and 11-6 in the Pac-10, while ASU fell to 13-15 and 5-12.
Wethers, coming off an 18-point performance at USC last Saturday, made 10-of-13 shots from the floor, including 5-of-6 three-pointers. He accomplished the feat despite bruising his hip on a fall on Cal's first possession of the game.
Wethers had 15 points at the half and made all five of his attempts in the second half. His previous best was 21 points against Georgia at the Pete Newell Challenge Dec. 21.
In addition, Ryan Forehan-Kelly had a season-high 18 points, connecting on 7-of-9 shots from the floor. Senior Sean Lampley added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for his 30th career double-double, and Joe Shipp had 10 points, all in the first half.
Cal jumped out to a quick lead, going ahead 11-3 in the first 5:30 of the contest. The Bears had their first double-digit advantage at 22-12 on a Shipp three-pointer and were up 42-32 at the break.
In the second half, ASU cut Cal's lead to five points at 53-48 with 13:03 to go. But Cal responded with a 16-6 run for a 69-54 lead. Wethers capped off the spurt with a three-pointer. The lead eventually reached 22 points on two Morgan Lingle free throws with 37 seconds left.
California Head Coach Ben Braun:
'We're a step closer now. We need to come out and play Saturday to be as good a team as we can be and maybe get a higher seed in the process. We need to put the tournament in the back of our minds and play for pride.'
'Brian Wethers came with energy and confidence tonight. In addition, Shantay Legans had a great second half finishing with those 10 assists.'
'Give Arizona State credit for pounding the boards. I thought Sean Lampley passed out very well today. He made some big shots but his passing was great.
'With midterms this past week, I told the team they needed to be students too. They are here to be in school and be students, and I'm proud of them for balancing that so well.'
'I thought we finally settled into a defense that did a good job on them. I thought we closed very well. Once again, our fans down the stretch were just great.'
'I told Kevin Johnson before the game that we were going to get this one. I felt the confidence in our players.'
Arizona State Head Coach Rob Evans:
'I have to give congratulations to Ben (Braun) and his ball club. I know they're fighting pretty hard to get to the NCAA tournament and I thought that they came out tonight with resolve to win the ball game. They did a good job of executing and playing extremely hard.'
'They have a tremendous player in Lampley who requires a lot of attention, and they have a lot of guys who are complimentary players. Those guys know their roles and they play their roles.'