Shipp Steers Cal To 80-72 Victory

March 2, 2003


AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. - Joe Shipp scored 21 points and Amit Tamir and BrianWethers added 20 each to lead No. 23 California to an 80-72 victory overArizona State on Sunday.

Shipp, the leading scorer in the Pac-10, made three straight baskets earlyin the second half to keep the Golden Bears in the game, and hit another keyhoop with 5:32 left for a 69-63 lead.

Tamir made all five of his 3-pointers and was 5-for-8 from the field, andWethers hit a big 3 with 1:04 left.

Cal (20-6, 13-4) won its 13th conference game - the most victories for theschool in Pac-10 play since finishing 13-5 and in second place in the 1993-94season.

Curtis Millage had 20 points for Arizona State (17-10, 9-7), which has lostthree straight games following a four-game winning streak - and all the losseshave been to ranked teams. The Sun Devils lost by 20 to No. 1 Arizona on Feb.22, then fell 88-77 at No. 19 Stanford on Thursday.

Ike Diogu, a freshman who came in averaging 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds inhis past eight games, added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils.Shawn Redhage scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, and fouled out with6:33 left.

The Bears rebounded from an 88-75 home loss to Arizona on Thursday, whichsnapped Cal's 17-game winning streak at Haas Pavilion.

Following a 3 by Tamir at 7:08, Millage swished one from long-range on theother end and was fouled by Richard Midgley. Millage converted the free throwfor the four-point play that pulled Arizona State to 64-63 with 6:46 left, butthe Sun Devils had only one field goal the rest of the game.

Millage sparked Arizona State in the second half, scoring five quick pointsin a 7-2 run right after halftime. Cal had four turnovers, including anoffensive foul, in the first few minutes to fall behind 45-42. But the SunDevils couldn't hold their lead.

Cal made nine of its first 15 shots to jump out to a 21-11 lead but ArizonaState answered with an 8-0 run, six points by Diogu, and picked up its defenseon the perimeter to keep the game close in the first half.

Three of the Bears' first four baskets were 3-pointers, and they made6-of-12 in the first half, including 3-for-3 by Tamir.

Both teams shot 53.3 percent in the first half, each going 16-for-30, butcooled off after halftime. Cal finished 50 percent from the field to ArizonaState's 48 percent.

Cal senior Donte Smith, who had surgery in September to repair a torn rightquadriceps and was delayed starting the season, scored seven points, the mostsince also scoring seven against Washington State on Feb. 24, 2001.

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