Nov. 12, 2012
BERKELEY - Coming off a convincing 78-65 victory over CSU Bakersfield in the season opener on Sunday night, California returns to Haas Pavilion on Tuesday to face Pepperdine at 6:30 p.m. (PT).
Cal looks to improve to 32-3 in non-conference home games under head coach Mike Montgomery and 22-1 overall in its last 23 games at Haas Pavilion with a win on Tuesday evening.
The Pac-12 Networks will provide live regional television coverage on Pac-12 Bay Area with Cal's own Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) joining Ernie Kent (analyst) to call the action for Tuesday's contest.
The game will also be available through the Cal IMG Radio Network locally on NewsTalk 910 AM with Todd McKim (play-by-play) and former Golden Bear Jon Wheeler (analyst) on the call. The broadcast is also available through CalBears.com/All-Access.
In front of 8,715 fans at Haas Pavilion on Sunday night, Cal surged out to a sizable advantage and never looked back en route to the season-opening victory over CSU Bakersfield. Junior guards Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs led the way for the Bears, both going over 20 points in the contest. Crabbe poured in a game-high 27 points (with 20 coming in the first half thanks to four three-pointers), while Cobbs contributed 22 in the win.
Senior guard Brandon Smith rebounded from a shoulder injury in the Bears' exhibition contest five days earlier to start the season opener and recorded a game-high five assists to go along with five points in 25 minutes of action. Junior forward Richard Solomon saw his first action since January 12, 2012 and collected nine rebounds and eight points in a starting role. Sophomore forward David Kravish posted a game-high three blocks to go along with nine rebounds and four points in 27 minutes of action.
Two freshmen made their collegiate debut in Sunday's season opener. Bakersfield native Tyrone Wallace entered in the game early in the first half and registered six points and three assists in 23 minutes of action. Forward Kahlil Johnson, a Los Angeles native, entered late in the contest, recording a rebound in four minutes on the floor.
The Bears played 11 men in the season opener with center Bak Bak, forwards Robert Thurman and Christian Behrens and guard Jeff Powers also logging minutes in the season opener. Thurman scored six points and pulled down five rebounds in an efficient 11 minutes on the floor.
Cal welcomes a Pepperdine team out of the West Coast Conference that opened the season with an 81-75 setback to Cal State Northridge on the road this past Friday. It will be the first matchup on the hardwood between the two schools since the 2004-05 season when Cal posted a 61-58 victory at home.
NOTES ON THE SEASON-OPENING WIN
* Cal improved to 30-3 in non-conference home games under Montgomery.
* With 27 points, Allen Crabbe reached 20 points for the 14th time in his career. His total was his highest since also scoring 27 in overtime vs. Arizona on Feb. 11, 2011.
* Crabbe's four three-pointers gave him 149 for his career, which ranks No. 9 on Cal's all-time list.
* Justin Cobbs finished with 22 points, his highest total since pouring in a career-high 28 vs. Oregon on Feb. 16, 2012.
* Crabbe (27 points) and Cobbs (22 points) gave the Bears two 20-point scorers for the first time since Cobbs (career-high 28) and Harper Kamp (20) performed the feat vs. Oregon on Feb. 16, 2012.
CRABBE NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD LIST
Allen was one of just nine current players in the country named to the list in consecutive years. He is one of four Pac-12 players - Arizona's Solomon Hill, Washington State's Brock Motum and Colorado's André Roberson were the others - on the list, chosen by college basketball media members.
A First Team All-Pac-12 selection last season, Crabbe led Cal in scoring (15.2 ppg.), rebounding (5.7 rpg.), defensive rebounding (4.0 rpg.), three-point field goals made (83), three-point field goals attempted (208) and free-throw percentage (.843) in 2011-12. He ranked among the Pac-12 leaders in three-point field goals made (first), free-throw percentage (second), defensive rebounding (fifth), scoring (sixth), three-point field goal percentage (10th) and rebounding (14th) as a sophomore. The guard scored in double figures in 28 games, with 20 points or more in seven contests.
CRABBE FROM BEYOND THE ARC
CRABBE FROM THE LINE
COBBS RETURNS AS ONE OF LEAGUE'S ASSIST LEADERS
KRAVISH LOOKS TO BUILD ON FRESHMAN CAMPAIGN
SOLOMON RETURNS TO LINEUP
SENIOR TRIO LOOKS FOR ANOTHER LEAGUE TITLE
BEARS WELCOME FIVE-MEMBER FRESHMAN CLASS