Cal Tops Oregon State, 73-58

Feb. 7, 2002

BERKELEY - California shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the floor and held Oregon State to just 19 rebounds as the Golden Bears moved to 16-5 on the season with a 73-58 victory over the Beavers Thursday night in Haas Pavilion.

With the win, Cal also improved to 7-4 in Pac-10 action, just one game out of first place in the loss column.

Junior forward Joe Shipp paced the Bears with 18 points, including 12 in the second half, while freshman forward Amit Tamir added 14 points and five assists, and Brian Wethers had 12 points, all coming in the first 20 minutes.

Cal spotted OSU a 7-4 lead in the opening minutes, then reeled off 12 consecutive points for a 16-7 advantage. The lead reached double digits at 19-9 on a Tamir three-pointer and Cal went into the locker room up, 36-25.

In the second half, the Beavers scored the first seven points and got within three points at 44-41 on a three-pointer from Joe See. See, a De La Salle High product, made five treys on the night and finished with 15 points.

Cal, though, kept OSU at bay by going inside to Shipp and Tamir. Still, the Bears held just a 61-56 edge with 2:54 left. Tamir then hit a layup and free throws from Shipp , A.J. Diggs and Shantay Legans down the stretch helped provide the winning margin.

OSU forward Philip Ricci led all scorers with 23 points, and the Beavers played without forward Brian Jackson, who had an abdominal strain.

Cal next hosts No. 13 Oregon at 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon in a game that was moved from an original start of 3 p.m.

California Head Coach Ben Braun

General comments:
'Oregon State is a team that's been a great road team. They really battle and knock down shots.'

'We didn't settle for the easy shot tonight, and that's important. Defenses really weaken if you are able to get some good inside touches.'

'I think Amit Tamir made some key plays for us that definitely help make a difference in this game.'

'I know Jimmie Haywood didn't have the kind of night he wanted to tonight and I hope we had something to do with that.'

'Good teams bring the best out of you. If you look close at Oregon State, they're not a 3-9 team and they'll be a team to reckon with those young guys of theirs.'

'The guys knew we had a big game coming up on Saturday but they didn't get caught looking ahead and I'm proud of them for that. Now they can start thinking about Oregon.'

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