Friday, March 26, 1999

California best of the rest


Carlisle, Bears win NIT title

The Associated Press

        NEW YORK — California's comeback kids did it again Thursday night, and this time they came away with the NIT championship.

        Geno Carlisle's three-point play with 4.7 seconds left capped yet another Cal comeback and lifted the Golden Bears to a 61-60 victory over Clemson at Madison Square Garden.

        The Tigers had taken a 60-58 lead on two free throws by Andrius Jurkunas with 29.8 seconds left. Carlisle, the Golden Bears' leading scorer this season, drove the lane and scored as Tom Wideman was called for the foul.

        After a timeout, Carlisle, a 77 percent free-throw shooter, walked to the line and swished the decisive free throw.

        Terrell McIntyre, who led Clemson 17 points, dribbled the length of the court, but his desperation 25-footer was off the mark, and the Golden Bears (22-11) rushed the floor to celebrate their first postseason title in 40 years.

        Carlisle, who had 16 points in his final game to lead Cal, was one of four seniors who enrolled at the school two years ago knowing NCAA sanctions were coming.

        Last year, Cal was barred from postseason play, but the Golden Bears wiped away all the bad memories of the past with their first NIT title.

        Sean Lampley, the MVP of the tournament, had 15 points, and Michael Gill added nine for Cal, while Harold Jamison had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Clemson (20-15).

        As it has all tournament, Cal needed another rally to win. The Golden Bears trailed by eight points in the first half, then fell behind 59-56 with 1:18 left after a three-point shot by McIntyre.

        Cal had come back from a 12-point deficit to beat Fresno State and from a 17-point hole to beat DePaul in the earlier rounds.

        CLEMSON (20-15) — Jamison 5-7 3-7 13, Jurkunas 2-9 1-2 7, Wideman 0-2 3-4 3, Christie 2-10 2-3 6, McIntyre 6-20 1-1 17, Solomon 2-6 0-1 6, Allenspach 1-3 4-6 6, Braddick 0-0 0-0 0, Gilmore 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 18-57 16-26 60.

        CALIFORNIA (22-11) — Gill 4-12 0-0 9, Lampley 5-10 5-6 15, Elson 2-5 0-2 4, Boyd 3-4 2-3 8, Carlisle 4-18 8-9 16, Gordon 0-0 2-2 2, Gates 2-5 0-0 5, King 1-3 0-0 2, Hughes 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 17-22 61.

        Halftime—Clemson 35, California 28. 3-Point Goals—Clemson 8-28 (McIntyre 4-10, Solomon 2-3, Jurkunas 2-9, Christie 0-6), California 2-9 (Gates 1-2, Gill 1-3, Carlisle 0-4). Fouled out—Wideman. Rebounds—Clemson 53 (Jamison 14), California 33 (Elson, Lampley 6). Assists—Clemson 14 (McIntyre 6), California 11 (King 5). Total fouls—Clemson 19, California 23. A—10,864.

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