Cal Cruises Past Hampton, 69-46

Dec. 23, 2004

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AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. - Richard Midgley scored 25 points to leadCalifornia's further depleted lineup past Hampton 69-46 in the first round ofthe Golden Bear Classic on Wednesday night.

Former walk-on Martin Smith added career highs of 10 points and eightassists for the Golden Bears (6-3), who returned to action after an 11-daybreak for final exams.

Cal advances to Thursday's title game against Pepperdine, a 91-82 winnerover Arkansas State in Wednesday's opener.

Hampton (3-7), which will face Arkansas State in the consolation game, wasled by Devin Green with 15 and Brandon Streeter with 10 points and sixrebounds. But the Pirates were held to 32.1 percent shooting and committed twosecond-half technicals and an intentional foul.

Midgley converted all but three of his 12 free throws and went 7-for-11 fromthe floor as Cal shot 57.5 percent. Rod Benson and Dominic McGuire also scored10 for the Bears.

The Bears have won in the first round of this event in all 12 years of thetournament's existence, winning the title seven times and most recently in 2002over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Green made two 3-pointers during a 10-2 Hampton run to start the second halfand pull the Pirates within 36-33 with 15:03 left. But Midgley scored eightstraight points as the Bears answered with a 19-5 run of their own that made it55-38.

Cal forward Marquise Kately served a one-game suspension for failure to meeta team responsibility. He will play Thursday.

Without Kately, the Bears only suited seven scholarship players because ofinjuries. Starters Ayinde Ubaka and Leon Powe are sidelined with injuries. Powewill likely miss the entire season as he recovers from reconstructive kneesurgery, while Ubaka is expected back from a broken foot in mid-January.

The Bears shot 52.4 percent in the first half and had just five fouls on theway to a 34-23 lead at the break. After trailing 16-5, Cal went on a 29-7 runto close out the half.

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