Bears Pull Out Overtime Win Against San Francisco

Dec 31, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Amit Tamir scored 26 points, including a last second3-pointer that sent the game into overtime, as California defeated SanFrancisco 77-70 on Monday.

In the 75th meeting between the San Francisco Bay area rivals, but firstsince 1997, Joe Shipp had 20 points and freshman Richard Midgley added acareer-high 16, including six in overtime. The Bears (7-2) won their 24thconsecutive home game over a nonconference opponent and snapped San Francisco'sthree-game in streak.

Shamell Stallworth had 20, James Bayless 17 and John Cox 14 for the Dons(4-7), who hung tough despite just seven points from two-time all-West CoastConference forward and current leading scorer Darrell Tucker. Jason Gainesadded 10 assists.

Cox, the cousin of Lakers all-star guard Kobe Bryant, hit a tough runner inthe lane, making it 64-61 with 12.3 seconds left, but USF inexplicably leftTamir open for a 3-pointer. The 6-foot-11 center from Jerusalem drilled it frombeyond the top of the key, tying it at 64-64 with 3.7 seconds.

After a Cal timeout, USF's Alvin Broussard dribbled the length of the courtand banked home a 4-footer as the horn sounded. All three officials looked ateach other, then referred to a courtside television monitor before waving offthe shot.

Wethers (11 points) opened the overtime with a 3-pointer and Cal led therest of the game.

The Bears made nine of their first 13 shots of the second half to open a51-42 lead. But the Dons scored six straight points in 39 seconds to closewithin 51-48. Two minutes later, Cox tied it at 53-53 with a 3-pointer. Neitherteam led by more than four the rest of the way.

Cal looked lethargic after its 80-67 nationally televised loss to No. 19Kansas on Saturday, missing its first eight shots en route to a 13-1 deficit.But the Bears eventually caught up, taking their first lead 28-27 with 4:48left in the half on an A.J. Diggs steal, coast-to-coast drive and layup.

The lead changed four times before two free throws by Midgley gave the Bearsa 32-31 halftime lead. Both teams struggled from the field, hitting a combined21 of 55 shots (38 percent). Tucker scored five of USF's first seven points butwas shut out the final 17:39 of the half.

Cal's Martin Smith, son of the late Phil Smith, a former all-America guardat USF and two-time NBA all-star, entered with 14:50 left in the first half.The walk-on freshman assisted on Cal's first basket, a fastbreak layup byShipp. Phil Smith, who won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors,died of bone morrow cancer on July 30 at the age of 50.

San Francisco won the team's last meeting, 59-50, on Dec. 2, 1997.

Before the game, USF coach Phillip Mathews announced that former Michiganguard Dommanic Ingerson has signed a letter of intent to San Francisco.Ingerson averaged 26 minutes and 8.1 points last season as a true freshman forthe Wolverines but played limited minutes in their exhibition games thisseason.

Cal head coach Ben Braun postgame quotes
I was disappointed in the way we started - not so much in the missing of shots, but we didn't come out with the kind of intensity that we needed. They have great players. We did an admirable job on Darrell Tucker, but other guys did some things for their team. We need to right the things that need to be righted - with Pac-10 coming, we'll be in a deep hole if we play like we did tonight.

USF battled tonight. They played hard and scrapped. If you don't play with intensity, they'll get the better of you ... and they almost did tonight.

Our team needs to play more intense. We didn't play with intensity early in the game and when we had the lead. We weren't playing with the kind of tenacity that we need to play with. I just didn't have our team ready to play today.

I like my guys, they are smart players. But I didn't like how they played. I was disappointed with the way they played. We have Stanford on Saturday and we have some things that we need to settle.

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