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Cal men win exhibition in OT

Saturday November 16, 2002


Amit Tamir scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Cal to a 90-86 overtime victory over the California All-Stars in the Golden Bears’ first exhibition game Friday night at Haas Pavilion.  

The teams ended regulation tied at 79-all, but the Bears scored the first four points of the extra period and held on for the win. An A.J. Diggs layup put Cal up, 81-79, and Conor Famulener followed with a short jumper. After the All-Stars’ Brooklyn McLinn hit a three-pointer to cut the margin to 87-86, Joe Shipp connected on two free throws with 16 seconds left to seal the game.  

Cal trailed for much of the early part of the first half before seemingly taking control late in the period. The Bears used an 11-0 run to go ahead 34-24 and Cal took a 14-point at 45-31 on a Tamir layup with 4:32 to go.  

In the second half, the All-Stars hit on 8-of-11 three-pointers and led 79-75 with two minutes left. A Diggs free throw and a three-point play by freshman Richard Midgley tied the score. Cal had a chance to win in regulation, but Shipp missed two free throws with 10 seconds remaining.  

In addition to Tamir, Midgley finished with 20 points and Shipp and 17. Former Bear Ryan Forehan-Kelly paced the All-Stars with 16 points.  

“Richard is a tough kid,” head coach Ben Braun said of Midgley. “I like the way he competes. He has a feel for the game. It’s great to see that kind of effort early.”  

Cal plays its final exhibition game vs. EA Sports Monday at 7 p.m. before traveling to New Mexico for the season-opener Nov. 23.