Jan. 6, 2002
By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - California coach Ben Braun was right no to worry that Ryan Forehan-Kelly was struggling with his shot.
Forehan-Kelly scored 13 of his 19 points over the final five minutes and California upset No. 12 Stanford 68-54 Sunday night, ending its longest drought against its Bay Area rival.
"He's the least guy I worry about," said Braun, who beat Stanford for just the second time in 12 tries. "He works too hard on shooting that he'll end up knocking downs shots. He won't stay in a slump too long."
Stanford (8-3, 1-1 Pac-10), which got 20 points from Casey Jacobsen, did stay in a slump, shooting a season-low 32 percent - 28 in the second half - in losing to Cal for the first team in nearly five years and the first time ever at the 3-year-old Haas Pavilion.
The low shooting percentage didn't bother Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery as much as other things.
"We had 19 turnovers for goodness sake," he said. "Our point guards turned the ball over just dribbling down court. Our attention to detail wasn't very good. We also missed 12 free throws. You can't do that on the road and expect to win."
Amit Tamar added 10 points for the Bears (10-2, 1-1), who won their 10th straight home game and snapped a 10-game losing streak to Stanford, which defeated Cal 82-62 on Friday night.
"We had the same game plan as before, we just had more composure and poise down the stretch and took better shots," Cal's Shantay Legans said. "We didn't change anything but our intensity."
Cal's victory was the first against Stanford for every member of the current team. The last win came on Jan. 29, 1997.
"It was cool," Cal's Dennis Gates said. "We've wanted this victory for a long time."
Fans poured onto the court even as time was running out and wouldn't allow the team to leave for several minutes.
Solomon Hughes, Cal's 6-foot-11 senior center, missed his second game with a strained right knee. Hughes, the Bears' second-leading scorer, leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage at 69.6 percent. He remains questionable for Thursday's game at Oregon.
After Cal missed its first 14 3-point attempts, Forehan-Kelly and Legans - with the shot clock winding down - hit consecutive shots from beyond the arc to give the Bears a 57-47 lead with 4:08 remaining.
Forehan-Kelly hit another 3-pointer two minutes later to give Cal a 62-51 lead.
After the Bears scored to open the second half, Stanford rallied to tie the score at 34-all.
Instead of wilting like they did Friday at Stanford, Cal regained the momentum and maintained a small lead until pulling away late in the half.
"We couldn't sustain anything," Montgomery said. "We had the ball where we wanted, but we didn't finish."
The Bears are beating their opponents by an average of 16.7 at home. Stanford, 9-0 on the road in Pac-10 play last year, fell to 0-3 when getting outrebounded.
Cal missed 19 of its first 23 shots but managed to stay afloat by forcing 10 turnovers and by outrebounding the Cardinal in the first half.
The Bears were 4-of-4 from the field in the final minute and scored the final eight points of the half to take a 32-26 lead.
Cal honored its basketball alumni at halftime and among those in attendance were former NBA star Kevin Johnson and former coach Pete Newell.