Jan. 27, 2000
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP and staff sources) - Joe Shipp scored 22 points off the bench, including 16 straight during a decisive second-half California rally, leading the Bears to an 80-46 win over Washington State.
California (11-7, 2-4 in the Pac-10) broke a four-game losing streak, while the Cougars (5-11, 0-7) lost their eighth straight.
The Bears scored 13 of the game's first 15 points and were never in trouble. They led 36-20 at the half, holding the Cougars to 34.8 percent shooting (8-for-23) and forcing 10 turnovers. Freshman center Nick Vander Laan nearly had a double-double by halftime, with nine points and nine rebounds, and finished with 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.
Not one player in Washington State reached doubled figures. Senior forward Chris Crosby led the Cougars with nine points.
Sean Lampley, who scored 12 points in the game, scored the first six points of the second half to put the Bears up 42-20, and Donte Smith drained a pair of 3-pointers moments later to make it 48-22 just four minutes into the half.
With reserves playing most of the second half, the Bears kept pouring it on. Shipp scored all points in a 16-0 Cal run to make it 75-38 with 5:15 to play.
The Bears hit 10 of 21 shots from 3-point range, including Shipps' 4-for-6 performance.
The game was delayed 22 minutes when steam from a hot dog stand set off a fire alarm 20 minutes before tipoff, forcing an evacuation and creating a logjam between fans exiting and those not yet in the building. It was the third game this season that a game was delayed by a fire alarm at Cal's new Haas Pavilion.
Additional Notes and Quotes:
WSU Head Coach Paul Graham
"We didn't have it and we got beat."
"We got beat and the score is indicative of how we played. We've got another game on Saturday and we've got to move on and get ready for Stanford."
"I not going to dwell on this game, but I don't want the players to forget it because I don't want them to forget how it feels to play like this."
With nine points against Cal, senior forward Chris Crosby moved into 15th place in WSU career scoring with 1,151 career points. Crosby passed Steve Harriel (1,147 points/1979, 81-83).
Redshirt junior guard Cedric Clark's first half field goal was the first he has made since the very first game of his WSU career -- Nov. 14, 1997, versus Central Washington. The walk-on from Birmingham, Ala., went 19 games between field goals.
Freshman forward Bryan Whitehead saw his first action since injuring his knee in practice prior to the Jan. 6 USC game. He played three minutes and scored two points versus Cal. Whitehead missed six games.
WSU travels across the Bay to face No. 2 Stanford Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m..