Dec. 22, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Now that he's regained his offensive form, California's Allen Crabbe is hoping he can lend a hand on the defensive end as well.
With only one game remaining before the Golden Bears open the Pac-12 portion of their schedule, he won't have much time.
Crabbe broke out of his brief shooting slump with 23 points, Richard Solomon had a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds and Cal beat Prairie View A&M 85-53 on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears dominated in just about every facet. They out-rebounded the Panthers 45-25, converted 22 of 29 free throw attempts and held a 38-24 advantage in the paint.
But Cal (8-3) also gave up 13 offensive rebounds and didn't put Prairie View (5-7) away until an 11-0 run in the second half.
The Bears trailed early then used runs of 14-0 and 11-0 to take control, getting good production from their perimeter offense while dominating in the paint.
That allowed Cal coach Mike Montgomery to go deep into his bench early in his team's final tune-up before a three-day break for the holidays.
"We did a pretty good job defensively once we figured out what they were trying to do," Montgomery said. "Just to be able to get away and get a win and get people playing time and get some positive reinforcement was good for us."
Jourdan DeMuynck had 11 points and five rebounds for Prairie View. DeMuynck grew up about 15 miles from Cal's campus and played at nearby Chabot junior college before joining the Panthers prior to last season.
Justin Cobbs added 14 points for Cal, which has won two straight after a season-worst three-game losing streak.
Solomon, who had a previous best of 14 points, led the Bears' inside attack while Crabbe went 8 for 11 from the floor to record his 19th career game with 20 points or more.
Crabbe made five of his first six shots against Prairie View and finished 3 of 4 from beyond the arc while also helping create creases in the key for Solomon.
"It's definitely good for us to have other people and to show the coaches that they can produce for us," said Crabbe, who had seven rebounds and four assists. "It's going to help us out a lot down the road, not playing so many minutes. We're going to be fresh for the Pac-12."
That was too much for the Panthers, who also lost in the only other meeting between the two schools in 1989.
Prairie View forced 17 turnovers but shot 35.1 percent from the floor and couldn't keep up with the quicker, more athletic Bears.
Cobbs capped a 14-0 run with a steal and dunk early in the first half then later scored on a three-point play to help the Bears go up 47-34.
The Panthers, coming off a 42-point loss to UCLA on Dec. 15, couldn't get much going after the break and had no answer for Crabbe. He took only four shots in the second half but made a 3-pointer that made it 74-46 with 5:57 left before Montgomery emptied his bench.