California guard Allen Crabbe (23) shoots over Denver forward Blake Foeman (14) and Royce O'Neale (20) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Crabbe Makes History as Cal Trumps Denver on the Road


Allen Crabbe became just the 42nd player in school history to score 1,000 points with a three pointer in the second half as the California Bears defeated the Denver Pioneers 72-61 in their first road game of the season.

Cal led by just one at the half, as they seemed a little out of rhythm early and allowed Denver to keep up.

But the second half was a different story, for Crabbe and the entire team.

“I was looking for my shot too much at first instead of getting to the middle like I did in the second,” Crabbe said. “I started doing that and found myself getting easy buckets.”

The Bears dominated the second half. After a couple of Chris Udofia layups cut the lead back to one, Cal went on a huge run to pull away, as the Californian describes:

Justin Cobbs quickly turned a missed jump shot into a transition layup, and [Robert] Thurman found Crabbe for an open three — his 1,000th point as a Cal player. Thurman then hit a jump hook from the block, and all of a sudden, the Bears’ lead was up to 10.

Cal went on a 15-2 run in the middle of the second half to seal the victory for good.

The Bears shot a stellar 51 percent from the floor, while holding the Pioneers to 36 percent. Most of Cal’s shots came from the paint, where forwards Robert Thurman and David Kravish had their way inside. Kravish had a double-double with 11 points and 12 assists. Guard Justin Cobbs also added 17 points, as the Crabbe-Cobbs combo delivered again.

Up Next: The Bears will travel to Anaheim where they will play in the DirecTV Classic. They will face the Drake Bulldogs in the first round on Thanksgiving.

 

 

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