Nov. 26, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. -
With the 78-58 victory over Pacific, California captured the DIRECTV Classic championship.
The Bears have opened the season 6-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Cal defeated Southern Mississippi, Nicholls State, San Diego State, Nevada, Missouri and Jackson State in 2007.
The 20-point win is the Bears' largest margin of victory since a 26-point win at USC (75-49) on Feb. 9, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Five of Cal's six wins have come by double-digit margins.
The 78 points against Pacific was one shy of the Bears' season-high for the season. Cal also recorded 78 points in the season opener against CSU Bakersfield. The Bears posted a season-best 79 points in the second game of the season against Pepperdine.
Cal shot a season-best 54 percent (27-of-50) for the game against Pacific. It is the Bears' best field goal percentage in a contest since the Bears' Pac-12 Tournament opener against Stanford on March 3, 2012 when they shot 54.2 percent (26-of-48).
The Bears also shot a season-best 88 percent (22-of-25) from the free-throw line against the Tigers. It is the highest percentage in a game with at least 20 free-throw attempts since Feb. 4, 2012 against Arizona State when Cal shot 90 percent (18-of-20).
Cal is now 3-0 against Pacific under head coach Mike Montgomery. He defeated the Tigers in his first ever game at the helm of the Golden Bears at home in 2008 and again in 2009 at Pacific.
Junior guard Justin Cobbs was named the DIRECTV Classic Most Valuable Player following his 20-point, 7-rebound, 5-assist performance in the championship game against Pacific.
Cobbs scored 58 points (19.3 ppg. average) in the three games against Drake, Georgia Tech and Pacific in the tournament. He also recorded six steals, 17 rebounds and 13 assists in the three contests.
Junior guard Allen Crabbe posted his 17th career 20-point game with a game-high 24 points against Pacific. It is his fourth 20-point game of the 2012-13 season and third-highest in the six games. He poured in a career-high 33 points vs. Pepperdine and 27 vs. CSU Bakersfield.
Crabbe moved up five spots on the school's career-scoring chart with his 24-point performance against Pacific and now ranks 34th in school history with 1,062 career points in 71 career games. He passed Mark McNamara (1,041 points from 1981-82), Bill Hagler (1,042 points from 1949-51), Michael Pitts (1,044 points from 1980-84), Amit Tamir (1,055 points from 2002-04) and Larry Friend (1,061 points from 1955-57) with his performance in the game.
Junior forward Richard Solomon matched his career-high in points with 14 against Pacific. He also recorded eight rebounds and three blocks in the tournament title game.
Senior guard Brandon Smith had a season-high 11 points, his most points in a game in nearly a year to the date. Smith also posted 11 points in a game on Nov. 26, 2011 in a contest against Denver at Haas Pavilion.
Smith's six assists in the Pacific contest were also a season-high for the Golden Bear.