Berkeley, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Junior guard Allen Crabbe matched his career-high 27 points as Cal opened its season on a winning note, beating Cal State Bakersfield, 78-65, Sunday at Haas Pavilion.
Crabbe buried 11 of 17 shots, 4-for-5 from three-point range, to reach 20 points for the 14th time in his career while Justin Cobbs added 22 as the Golden Bears improved to 5-0 in season openers under head coach Mike Montgomery.
Crabbe and Cobbs gave the Bears two 20-point scorers for the first time since Cobbs scored a career-high 28 markers and Harper Kamp added 20 against Oregon on Feb. 16, 2012.
Stephon Carter tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals while Brandon Barnes scored 12 for the Roadrunners, who shot a paltry 34.6 percent from the field compared to 52.7 percent by the Golden Bears.
The Golden Bears dominated almost every statistical category but committed 18 turnovers compared to just 12 by the Roadrunners, who dropped to 0-2.
The Roadrunners got to within 9-6 but the Bears went on a 27-7 run to open a 36-13 advantage with 6:59 remaining in the first half en route to a 45-28 lead at the break.
The Golden Bears shot 56.7 percent from the field (17-30) during the opening 20 minutes, with Crabbe and Cobbs carrying the offensive load with 20 and 14 points, respectively.
The Roadrunners pulled within14 points late, but were kept at bay by timely shots by Crabbe and Cobb.
“I thought late and in the second half we fought hard, gave a great effort, we came back from 20 points down, cut it to 14, then turned the ball over,” said Cal State head coach Rod Barnes.
“Those are things that are going to happen early in the year but we just have to do a better job of not getting that far down,” he added.