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Bears finish strong, complete Oregon sweep

The Associated Press
Monday February 12, 2001

Lampley leads team with 17 points, 10 rebounds 


EUGENE, Ore. – Sean Lampley had 17 points and 10 rebounds as California recovered from a poor first half to defeat Oregon 65-56 Saturday. 

Cal (17-6, 8-3 Pac-10) closed the game on a 16-7 run to beat Oregon (12-9, 3-8) at McArthur Court for the first time in four years. 

Bryan Bracey had 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Ducks, who have lost eight of 10. 

The game matched the conference’s leading scorers in Lampley and Bracey. Lampley is averaging 19.5 points per game; Bracey 18.6. 

Lampley’s jumper with 6:51 remaining gave the Golden Bears their final lead of the game, 51-49. They made six of eight free throws in the final 1:18 to seal it. 

Cal shot just 26 percent in the first half (5-of-19), but trailed only 26-22 because the Ducks shot 36 percent. 

“It certainly wasn’t a pretty game,” Braun said. “But our objective was not to look good. Oregon has a high-powered offense with a great transition game. Our focus was to slow them down. We also did a great job challenging 3s, and that’s not our strength.” 

The lead changed hands 13 times in the second half, and there were seven ties. Cal took its first lead of the game on two free throws by Brian Wethers with 18:18 to go. 

The game stayed close until Cal scored six straight points to make it 57-50. 

Oregon led 11-5 after four minutes as Julius Hicks, starting at forward instead of Bracey, found success inside with six straight points. 

The Ducks pushed the lead to 19-8 on Anthony Norwood’s 3-pointer, but went cold in the final 10 minutes. Cal outscored Oregon 14-7, capped by a 3-pointer from Ryan Forehan-Kelly. 

Joe Shipp added 12 points for Cal. Hicks had 11 for the Ducks.