Nov. 25, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Allen Crabbe scored 24 points, Justin Cobbs added 20, and Cal took control in the final six minutes to beat Pacific 78-58 on Sunday night to win the DirecTV Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Bears, who are off to their first 6-0 start since 2007, were 22-for-25 from the foul line. Five of their victories have been by double-digit margins.
So, how good is Cal? Head coach Mike Montgomery said the Bears will learn soon enough.
"That remains to be seen; that's why we play the games," Montgomery said. "I think the league has improved drastically. We've got top teams in the next three weeks. How you react to adversity is what makes you good."
Cobbs was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
"He has gotten better, there's not a question about that," Montgomery said. "He's figuring out how to be effective. The mid-range game, he's reluctant with, but in the last couple games, he's jumped up over a couple people and made the most of them."
Ross Rivera scored 13 points for Pacific (3-3), which shot 34.4 percent and went 3-for-17 from three-point range.
Shooting guard Sama Taku missed all eight of his shots after going 16-for-32 over his previous four games.
Trailing by 14 points at halftime, Pacific rallied to cut its deficit to 53-45 after Trevin Harris was fouled by Crabbe on a three-point shot and sank all three free-throw tries. Later, Khalil Kelley's jump-hook narrowed the gap to 59-54.
Cal responded with a three-point play by David Kravish, a fastbreak layup by Crabbe and another layup by Cobbs.