Dec. 16, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Doug McDermott had a season-high 34 points and nine rebounds and No. 16 Creighton ran its winning streak to four games with a 74-64 victory against California on Saturday night.
Gregory Echenique added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Bluejays (10-1).
McDermott, averaging 22.7 points coming in, posted his seventh straight game with 20 or more points.
Justin Cobbs had 18 points and Allen Crabbe added 14 after missing his initial 12 shots from the floor in the defeat.
"I thought I was going to get into a rhythm at some point in the game but I didn't," said Crabbe, who finished a season-worst 6 of 26 from the floor. "That's pretty unacceptable. They were shots I usually make, that's the frustrating part."
After Crabbe's basket with 11:49 remaining pulled Cal to 46-43, McDermott hit the first of three straight 3-pointers by the Bluejays as they pulled away.
Crabbe led Cal in scoring in seven of its first eight games and was sixth in the country with a 21.9 average before being held to his second-lowest point total of the season. He had 13 against Georgia Tech on Nov. 23.
"We didn't do a good job of getting other people involved, which is what we needed to do," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "We have to get over the idea that he's the only guy that can score. We've got to get other people involved."
Cal (6-3) lost its third in a row following a 6-0 start and second straight against a ranked opponent at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears were beaten 76-75 on a buzzer-beater by No. 21 UNLV last Sunday. They have three remaining non-conference games before the start of Pac-12 play at UCLA on Jan. 3.
McDermott had a season-high 34 points and nine rebounds with more than a dozen NBA scouts watching as Creighton (10-1) ran its winning streak to four games.
"We got them frustrated early," McDermott said. "We held Crabbe in check, that was our main goal. He's a really good player but we did a good job of locking him down."
Gregory Echenique added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Bluejays.
McDermott scored 18 in the first half and shot 6 for 8 from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers, putting on quite a show for all the scouts in the building _ primarily in attendance to see him.
Cobbs hit a late layup, crashed into the basket support and was down briefly, then came out holding his head. He did not return.
Creighton showed few signs of being travel weary out West, going 25 for 61 from the floor and building off a 77-61 victory at home against Akron last Sunday in which McDermott scored 30 points and had a career-high six 3s.
Cal missed its initial nine shots before Robert Thurman's layup at the 16:16 mark, and began the game 2 for 15. Each team was 0 for 4 from long range in the opening 8½ minutes.
A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for the victims of Friday's deadly attack at a Connecticut elementary school.
The game attracted more than a dozen NBA scouts, with 15 NBA personnel credentialed in all. General managers Bob Myers of the Golden State Warriors, Dell Demps from the New Orleans Hornets and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Sam Presti attended.
Cal won the previous two meetings between the schools, but they hadn't played since the 1987-88 season. Creighton coach Greg McDermott lost at Cal in December 2009 while coaching Iowa State.