Legans' 20 Points Lifts No. 21 Cal Over ASU, 91-80
Feb. 28, 2002
By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer
Legans, who had 20 points, five assists and four steals, made his fourth3-pointer in as many tries with 2:45 to play, opening a 77-70 lead. Tamir, whofinished with 18 points and seven rebounds, made his 25 seconds later to makeit 80-72.
Joe Shipp also had 18 points for the Bears (21-6, 12-5 Pac-10), who remainedin the race for the conference title.
Tommy Smith had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona State (14-12, 7-10),while injured center Chad Prewitt had 17 of his 19 points in the second half.
Prewitt partially tore a ligament in his right elbow during practice onTuesday.
Cal, who finished 17-1 at home, rallied to win for the fourth time in nineroad games.
The Sun Devils led 59-53 after Smith made a layup off an inbounds pass with9:36 to play.
But they went nearly six minutes without another field goal, and Cal caughtup and went ahead with a 17-4 run that lasted 4:23.
Legans made two free throws with 6:16 to play as the Bears regained thelead, 64-63.
After a putback by Ryan Forehan-Kelly, Legans made two free throws after atechnical foul was called on Smith, and Cal led 68-63. Shipp banked in a7-footer at the 5:13 mark, and Arizona State got no closer than four pointsafter that.
There was only one lead change in the first half, but four in a 1:31 span ofthe second after the Bears made up a five-point halftime deficit.
Arizona State regained the lead at 53-52 with 12:24 remaining on two freethrows by Kenny Crandall, starting an 8-1 surge which Smith capped with hislayup.
No one but Smith had scored for Arizona State, and Cal had a 14-9 leadbefore James Braxton made a layup 5:49 into the game.
Crandall, playing for the first time since spraining his right foot on Jan.31, tied it at 14 with a 3-pointer 24 seconds later, feeding a 17-3 run thatgave the Sun Devils a 26-17 lead with 9:26 left in the half.
Legans made three 3-pointers over the next 2:43, getting the Bears within30-26.
Cal head coach Ben Braun postgame quotes:
'I was impress. I knew we had to turn up our intensity in the second half. But how well did ASU play in the first half? I don't remember them missing many shots. I give them a lot of credit. We were down at the half for a reason.'
'We had to match their intensity in the second half. I told my team we had to turn it up and we did.'
On the second half performance
It showed our team was determined to get the ball where we needed to. We took advantage of some mismatches and everybody contributed to this one. It had to me a team effort. We had to call on some seniors for some leadership.'
'I thought we did a good job handling their pressure in the second half. We were able to exploit some advantages.'