A few leftovers from Cal’s 88-81 win over Washington State on Thursday night . . .
– Allen Crabbe not only became the first Cal freshman since Shareef Abdur-Rahim to score 30 points in a game, he was just the third Bears’ rookie to do it. Abdur-Rahim did it four times in 1995-96 including a best of 33 points vs. Northern Arizona in his college debut. Brian Hendrick had 31 vs. UCLA during the 1990-91 1989-90 season.
– Crabbe is averaging 17.6 ppg over the past five games and — because we know you’re dying to know this — 21.3 ppg in three games since Gary Franklin took his talents to Waco, Texas.
– Center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (14 points, 10 rebounds) has five double-doubles this season, four in his past six games. He is shooting 25 for 39 in Pac-10 play.
– Best game yet for sophomore Brandon Smith, who had nine points and a career-high nine assists. He ran the team effectively, pushing the tempo when it was there and pulling back when that was the right thing to do. The Bears had 22 assists, and that’s a nice calling card for any point guard.
– Cal’s three starting guards combined for 16 rebounds.
– The Bears were 21 for 25 from the free throw line and made their last 12 in a row, including all eight in overtime.
– Freshman Richard Solomon was the Bears’ only reserve who had a point or a rebound. He had eight and seven, respectively, in 19 productive minutes.
– WSU junior Klay Thompson was magnificent — 36 points, including the 3-point shot that forced overtime. He has scored 111 points in five games against the Bears — an average of 22.2. But the Bears didn’t allow him a shot attempt in overtime, and he’s 0-5 lifetime against Cal.