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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.