2001 NCAA Men's Tourney

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Fresno St. 82, California 70
Posted: Saturday March 17, 2001 01:55 AM
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MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- "The Shark" is back.

Demetrius Porter scored a career-high 27 points, including five 3-pointers, as ninth-seeded Fresno State defeated eighth-seeded California, 82-70, to give coach Jerry Tarkanian his first NCAA Tournament victory in 10 years in a first-round South Region matchup.

Melvin Ely had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs (26-6), who won for the sixth time in the last seven games and moved beyond last year's first-round disappointment, a 66-56 loss to Wisconsin in another 8-9 game.

"I think we caused them trouble with our pressure tonight," Porter said. "Hopefully we can continue to play like that through the tournament." Tarkanian's last tournament win came in the 1991 West Region final, when his defending national champion Nevada-Las Vegas squad defeated Seton Hall to remain unbeaten before suffering a surprise loss to Duke in the Final Four.

The legendary coach improved to 17-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and earned a second-round matchup with coach Tom Izzo and his top-seeded Michigan State team.

Shantay Legans led California (20-11) with 15 points, but the Golden Bears failed to defeat their intrastate rivals. Fresno State also won the schools' last meeting in 1978.

"Their defense added to our frustration," Golden Bears coach Ben Braun said. "They forced us into mistakes. It was their aggressiveness that took away from our aggressiveness." Ely scored four points to key a 6-0 burst to open the second half, giving the Bulldogs a 40-30 advantage.

The Golden Bears chipped away at the deficit over the next 3 1/2 minutes. Sean Lampley, Cal's all-time leading scorer, had a layup to make it 44-41 with 16:30 left. The senior forward was held to just 13 points on 6-of-18 shooting.

"I though Melvin was sensational tonight and the job our guys did on Lampley was incredible," Tarkanian said. "We watch a lot of tape on (Lampley) and he is so good it's frightening." California made just one basket over the next 4 1/2 minutes, allowing Fresno State to take a 56-45 advantage midway through the second period. The Golden Bears never came within five points thereafter.

Soloman Hughes put home a layup as California jumped out to a 15-7 lead with 14:30 left in the first half. But the Golden Bears made just four shots while committing 12 turnovers as the Bulldogs came back to grab a 34-30 halftime lead.


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