Cal Tops EA Sports, 100-68, in Final Preseason Tune-up

Nov. 18, 2002

BERKELEY - Senior forward Joe Shipp scored 24 points and dished out five assists to lead Cal to a 100-68 exhibition victory over EA Sports Monday night in Haas Pavilion, the Bears' final tune-up before the regular season gets underway Saturday at New Mexico.

In addition to Shipp, senior guard Brian Wethers contributed 16 points and sophomore center Amit Tamir had 12. All 16 players who suited up for the game saw action for Cal.

Cal began the game by taking a 16-5 lead in just over five minutes. After EA Sports narrowed the gap to 20-19, the Bears reeled off 10 straight points to take control and held a 52-34 lead at the break.

In the second half, the margin reached 40 points with just under four minutes left, long after head coach Ben Braun had pulled all of his starters out of the game.

'We established some things offensively,' Braun said. 'We got the ball where we needed to get it, and I thought we ran the floor well. It was good to get Brian back. He showed a lot of energy. Gabe Hughes getting some minutes was positive, too. The more reps he gets, the better he'll play. He was a presence around the basket.'

Wethers sat out Cal's first exhibition game last Friday with tendinitis in a knee, while Hughes saw his first action after being slowed by a herniated disk in his back.

Former Cal guard Thomas Kilgore paced EA Sports with 15 points and seven rebounds.

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