Jan. 25, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Sean Lampley scored six of his game-high 27 points in overtime to lead California to a 75-71 win over Washington State, Thursday. Lampley added a game-high 12 rebounds to record a double-double.
The win was the 12th in the last 14 games for the Golden Bears who improved to 13-5, 4-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference. Washington State lost its third straight and fell to 7-9, 1-6 in the Pac-10.
The game was tied 65-65 at the end of regulation and neither team scored in the extra period until Lampley made a layup with 2:39 left. After Mike Bush (Riverside, Calif.) scored two of his team-high 22 points to tie the game at 67-all, Lampley connected on a pair of free throws to give California a 69-67 lead at the 1:59 mark.
Bush answered with a two free throws to tie the game at 69-69 before another Lampley layup gave the Golden Bears the lead for good at 71-69 with 1:18 remaining.
Shantay Legans and Joe Shipp each made 2-of-2 at the foul line to seal the win for California.
"It just boiled down to they had a player on their team that we didn't on our team," WSU head coach Paul Graham said. "The difference was Cal has a pro in Sean Lampley."
Bush forced the overtime by drilling a three-pointer with just 23 seconds left to tie the game at 65-65.
Washington State trailed by has many as 12 points in the first half before closing the half on 15-4 run to pull within 35-34 at intermission. Six different Cougars scored during the spurt.
WSU grabbed its first lead of the game on a jumper by freshman Marcus Moore (Inglewood, Calif.) less than 30 seconds into the second half. The lead changed hands four more times before back-to-back three-pointers by Moore started an 11-2 run that gave the Cougars a 49-43 advantage with 14:24 left in regulation.
The Cougar lead was still a half dozen at 59-53 when the Golden Bears scored six straight to pull even at 59-59 with 5:46 left. Sophomore Jerry McNair (Torrance, Calif.) gave WSU the lead with a three-pointer at the 5:12 mark, but California scored the next six points to take a 65-62 lead with 38 seconds left.
Washington State hosts top-ranked Stanford at 3:06 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net.