Shipp's 30 Points Lead Bears past Howard, 80-70

Dec 4, 2002

Joe Shipp scored 30 points and Amit Tamir grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Cal to an 80-70 victory over Howard in the Golden Bears' home opener Tuesday night.

With the win, Cal improved to 3-0 on the season, while Howard fell to 1-3.

As they did in their game at Cleveland State last Saturday, Cal built a big lead early in the game only to watch its opponent come back in the second half.

Tuesday, the Bears rushed out to a 23-7 advantage in less than nine minutes, with Shipp scoring 15 points during the run. The lead reached 22 points at 42-20 and Cal held a 43-26 edge at the break.

In the second half, Howard held Cal without a basket for the first four minutes, cutting its deficit to 46-37 with 14:47 left. After Cal seemingly put the Bison away by going up, 68-44, on a Shipp three-pointer, Howard got back within single digits. Taking advantage of 26 Cal turnovers on the night, Howard used an 8-0 spurt to make the score 74-67 with 2:14 to go.

The Bears finally put the game way and avoided the overtime they faced in Cleveland when Tamir hit a free throw and Shipp followed with a layup for a 10-point lead.

With his 30 points, Shipp became the first Cal player to score 30 points in back-to-back games since Ed Gray performed the feat three times in a row against Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State in January 1997. Shipp tallied 30 at Cleveland State.

In addition, point guard A.J. Diggs set personal bests with five assists and seven rebounds.

Cal vs. Howard Postgame Quotes

Howard Coach Frankie Allen:
'We came out and played better than we did in Northridge. Once our guys got confidence, it was a good effort for us. Hopefully we can build from this.'

'We got them back on their heels. we are a good shooting team. We got out and decided we've got to play hard.'

On Joe Shipp: 'We knew he could play. He could make a NBA three. He's a solid player. He's made a believer out of me.'

California Coach Ben Braun:
'When you get out to an early lead, you think things are easier than what they are. They had a lot of pride. They out played us in the second half. Their players' jerseys were wetter than ours.'

'I hope we don't have to take a loss to gain a killer instinct. We can't go out and not give our full effort.'

'We need to get loose balls and more charges. When we play good defense things come easier for us.'

'Free throws will come along in the long run. We need to learn to play through fatigue, however.'

'I was pleased in the first half. But in the second half, we turned the ball over to much trying to make plays that were not there.'

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