Basketball: Pepperdine game thread

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FINAL SCORE: Cal 79, Pepperdine 62. Crabbe scored 24 of his career-high 33 points in the second half and is averaging 30.0 after two games. Cobbs added 23 points and is averaging 22.5. Cal improves to 2-0. Pepperdine falls to 0-2. Bears play Friday at Denver.

10:30 2nd H: Crabbe has 15 second-half points, giving him 22 for the game, and the Bears now lead 60-49. Bak going to the FT line to try to complete a 3-point play. Crabbe sandwiched 3-pointers around one by Cobbs for a 9-0 run that made it 51-39.

HALFTIME: Cal 36, Pepperdine 26. Sloppy Bears allowed Pep to get within 29-26 before scoring the final seven points of the half to stretch lead back to 10 points. Crabbe dunked off an alley-oop pass from Solomon, Crabbe then hit a 3-pointer before Cal turned a Pep turnover into a fastbreak layup by Cobbs with 1 second left in the half. Cobbs has 18 points on 8 for 12 shooting. Rest of the team is 7 for 22. Crabbe was 1 for 6 before hitting his final two shots of the half.  Cal had seven turnovers, which isn’t bad. But they were sloppy — a bad alley-oop pass from Cobbs to Crabbe, Cobbs dribbling the ball off his foot. That kind of stuff. Not nearly as sharp offensively as two nights ago.

4:10 1st H: Cal leads 27-19 but a pattern is developing. Bears having trouble again stopping opponent from offensive rebounding. Pepperdine has 10 8 already. Kravish picked up two fouls early and took a seat. Solomon was ineffective, so Monty took him out and played four guards with one big. Didn’t work. Now Solomon and Christian Behrens working up front.  

7:48 1st H: Bears lead 27-17. Kreklow made the first shot he took — a 3-pointer from the left corner with 10:47 left. Missed from the same spot a couple minutes later. Plays aggressively on defense. Monty took him out after a 5-minute stint. No sense stressing the former stress reaction.

11:12 1st H: Ricky Kreklow made his first appearance at 13:25. He’s a sophomore transfer from Missouri, who had foot surgery in early October. Cobbs is 6 for 7 from the field and has 14 points. Cal leads 20-14.

14:52 1st H: Cobbs with six points already and Cal leads 12-9. Biggest lead was 8-2. Bears have size and experience edge. Talent . . . obviously. Waves were seventh in the WCC a year ago, and picked there again this season.

BTW: Crabbe’s father, Al, played basketball for the Waves in 1977-78 and ’78-79.

LINEUPS: Cal will start Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs and Brandon Smith.

WELCOME: Game 2 of the 2012-13 season at Haas vs. the Waves (0-1) of Pepperdine.


Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Whats the name of the transfer guy whom is hurt ?

  • Juancho

    Juancho, its kreklow.

  • Juancho

    If im mike montgomery i give zack kline some minutes.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Kreklow looks legit – hopefully he starts soon? I think we are confirmed nine deep now. Starters: Crabbe, Cobbs, Kreklow, Kravish, Solomon.

    Bench: Wallace, Smith, Thurman, Johnson.

    Bak Bak is better than Behrens but they both aren’t ready, imho. Behrens should have had like 3 layups on great passes but he fumbled them away. Powers is like a walk-on, and no idea about Rodriguez.

    Kravish was 0-7!? Is the new muscle a detriment to his once silky touch?

    Cobbs and Crabbe are gonna be really hard to stop. And there is enough surrounding them to overcome the rebounding and relative lack of experience. This team will improve under Monty’s leadership, hopefully not peaking until late winter.

    With uw just losing at home to albany and ucla being dysfunctional, I think the biggest obstacles to hanging another banner in Haas will be arizona and of possibly the furd, although they were tied with fullerton at home at halftime last night. Or maybe oregon and colorado surprise?

    Here is my optimistic self:
    would you rather Cal win an outright pac12 regular season championship, at say 15-3 with furd at 14-4, paired with a 2nd round loss in the ncaas?

    Or a 14-4 second place finish to furd and a run to the sweet sixteen with a loss to ucla?
    (in both cases the pac12 tourney is irrelevant, because it is)

    Go Bears!

  • rob bear

    Nice win tonight. If we can get a 3rd perimeter scorer that can shoot with consistency, LOOK OUT!

    Beat Denver with EXTREME PREJUDICE!

  • 1brsfan

    I agree that Cobbs and Crabbe will put up their points but they will need some help. Hopefully the young guys develop and will be ready to contribute down the stretch unlike last season. I think we’ll get a better idea of how good they can be after some road games. Wisconsin will be a good test.

  • 1brsfan

    @BSB- I’d rather have a P12 outright championship and 2nd round loss. At least we’d have a conference championship. S16 would be nice but not at the expense of the conference.

  • rollonubears

    15-3 seems like a pipe dream to me with this team. We have no depth, and have two decent wins against horrible teams, at home. To speak of Pac12 championships and sweet 16s, let alone an ncaa bid seem way premature. I suppose there’s no harm in early optimism, but I’ve been let down too many times to have much of it anymore.

  • discdude

    Sweet 16, all the way.

    But BSB, this isn’t a 9-man rotation. Ok, it is if you are counting actual names, but it is currently a huge dropoff in talent from the 6-man rotation. Nothing any of the bench has shown yet gives me confidence it’s a 9-man rotation. But, they may get better, let’s hope so. Crabbe and Cobbs were outstanding, but they need help and time off the court.

  • discdude

    Oh, and Sweet 16 was the response to your question, BSB. Right now, I’d be happy if they went 12-6 in conference. Anything beyond that is speculative.

  • milo

    Cal might need to go small ball, 4 guards, run and toss it up a lot. Not 100% but as a rotation line-up to give depth, stretch the bench.

  • Uh Huh!

    Papa Crabbe played at pepper dine?
    Know I know why the game was scheduled. And that’s just fine.