The Bears won their third game in a row on Sunday night as they defeated the USC Trojans 76-68.
It was a bumpy ride for sure, and the highlight of the night was head coach Mike Montgomery shoving star player Allen Crabbe in the second half.
That must have motivated Crabbe, who finished with 23 points to lead all scorers. Justin Cobbs put up 22, while Richard Solomon had 14.
The Bears shot over 46 percent from the field and out-rebounded USC 35-24.
Cal trailed for much of the game, but closed on a 25-7 run to claim the victory.
“I was trying to get him going. Probably over-exaggerated it,” Montgomery said after the game regarding the shove. “Allen’s my guy. I need him. We can’t get going if he’s not ready to play.”
Crabbe seemed fine with it, saying, “It was coach’s way of motivating me. Everything’s fine. Under the bridge. No hard feelings.”
The Bears are now 16-9 overall and fourth in the Pac-12 Conference. These past few victories have been extremely impressive, and may have put Cal in position to potentially crack the bubble to get into March Madness.