Cal Defeats Washington State, 76-63

Jan 18, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Joe Shipp scored 33 points to lead California pastWashington State 76-63 on Saturday.

Brian Wethers and Amit Tamir added 13 points each as the Bears (12-2, 5-0Pac-10) posted their fifth straight win. The 5-0 start in league play isCalifornia's best since the 1956-57 Bears started 10-0 in the Pacific CoastConference.

Thomas Kelati led Washington State (5-10, 0-6) with 15 points, all on3-pointers in the second half. The Cougars, who have lost six straight, playedwithout two starters and two key reserves due to injuries. Marcus Moore,scoring leader for the season, played on a bad ankle and scored nine points, 11below his average.

Shipp, scoring inside and outside off a variety of moves and shots, went14-for-18 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free-throw line. The Pac-10 scoringleader scored 21 points in the first half in his fourth 30-point game of theseason.

The Bears never trailed. They took control with a 10-1 run midway throughthe first half, expanding their lead to 27-17.

The Cougars shot well on 3-pointers early in the second half and narrowedthe gap twice to seven points.

California outshot WSU 53 percent to 40 percent from the field. Tamir had 12rebounds, helping the Bears outrebound the Cougars 34-27.

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