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Bears finally get first road victory

The Associated Press
Monday January 14, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Joe Shipp scored 14 points, and A.J. Diggs hit the clinching shot with just under 25 seconds left as Cal defeated Oregon State 61-53 Saturday night. 

Dennis Gates and Brian Wethers added 10 points each as the Golden Bears (11-3, 2-2 Pac-10) won on the road for the first time in four tries this season. 

Brian Jackson scored 16 points and Jimmie Haywood added 13 and nine rebounds for the Beavers (8-8, 1-5), who have lost four straight overall and seven in a row to the Bears. 

Oregon State had an eight-point lead in the second half and led 51-47 when the Bears went on an 8-0 run, sparked by consecutive 3-pointers by Shantay Legans and Amit Tamir. A dunk by Shipp gave Cal a 55-51 lead with 3:35 to play. 

The Beavers answered with two free throws from Philip Ricci to get within two points, but Diggs hit an open 18-foot jumper with 24.7 seconds left. The officials conferred and decided that Diggs’ foot was just over the line. 

Shipp made four free throws to seal the victory. 

Shipp, averaging 18.1 points over the last eight games, scored California’s first five points, but he sat on the bench for the final 18:53 of the first half after picking up two quick fouls. 

Oregon State missed its last seven shots of the half, and the Beavers shot 34 percent for the game. They also turned the ball over 20 times.