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California Downs Pepperdine, 79-62
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/13/2012

Nov. 13, 2012

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Allen Crabbe scored 24 of his career-high 33 points in the second half, and California overcame another rough rebounding game to beat Pepperdine 79-62 on Tuesday night.

The Golden Bears (2-0) never trailed but didn't pull away from the pesky Waves until a 14-4 run after halftime in the second meeting ever between the two teams. Crabbe, Cal's leading scorer and rebounder a year ago, had seven points in that stretch.

"I told myself this year I can't let my offensive game effect the way I play the whole game," Crabbe said. "I started getting some cheap baskets, getting tip-ins on offensive rebounds. I just got in a rhythm and was knocking shots down."

He went 7 of 10 from the floor in the second half and scored 11 straight points for the Bears over a three-minute span before later heading to the bench for the final 4:37. The 33 points topped Crabbe's previous career high of 30 points against Washington State on Jan. 13, 2011 when he was a freshman.

"Pepperdine did good job of locating him, driving him off the line, making sure, 'Don't give Crabbe open looks,'^" Montgomery said. "So he was probably a little bit unaccustomed to that in terms of driving it, taking maybe one more dribble into traffic."

Junior Justin Cobbs added 23 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Bears. In both games this season, Crabbe and Cobbs have led Cal in scoring while no other player has reached double figures. The Bears (2-0) never trailed but didn't pull away from the pesky Waves until a 14-4 run after halftime in the second meeting ever between the two teams. Crabbe, Cal's leading scorer and rebounder a year ago, had seven points in that stretch.

"He has great poise, he shoots the ball as well as anybody," Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson said. "It's a great duo between the two guys and they can hurt you in a number of ways."

Stacy Davis had 13 points and seven rebounds while Lorne Jackson added 10 points for Pepperdine (0-2).

The Waves, who dropped their season-opener to Cal State Northridge, stayed close for most of the game by playing the Bears even under the boards.

Cal out-rebounded Pepperdine 39-34 but allowed 12 offensive rebounds by the significantly smaller Waves. That came two nights after Cal State Bakersfield grabbed 19 offensive rebounds against the Bears.

"Coach (Travis DeCuire) pointed it out that they had (eight) offensive rebounds before we even started the second half," Crabbe said. "So he told us don't even let them get to 15."

The way Crabbe and Cobbs were scoring, it didn't matter much.

Cobbs, a transfer from Minnesota who averaged 12.6 points in his first season at Cal, made seven of his first nine shots and had 16 points in the opening 11 minutes while helping the Bears to a 25-16 lead.

Pepperdine, playing with only nine players for the second consecutive game due to injuries, made a brief run and pulled within 29-26 on a fast-break layup and 3-pointer by Jackson but got no closer.

Crabbe scored on a dunk and a 3-pointer, and Cobbs added a buzzer-beating layup to give Cal a 36-26 lead at the half.

Jackson got Pepperdine within five points of the lead again three minutes into the second half before the Bears pulled away for good.

Justin Cobbs added 23 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Bears. In both games this season, Crabbe and Cobbs have led Cal in scoring while no other player has reached double figures.

Stacy Davis had 13 points and seven rebounds while Lorne Jackson added 10 points for Pepperdine (0-2).


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