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Basketball: Crabbe’s 2nd half lifts Cal

Allen Crabbe recovered from a quiet first half with a strong finish for the second straight game and Cal stayed unbeaten with a 71-62 win over Denver on Friday night.

Crabbe finished with 20 points after scoring just three on 1-for-4 shooting in the first half.

On Tuesday, Crabbe scored 24 of his career-high 33 points in the second half against Pepperdine.

Against the Pioneers, he also became the 42nd player in Cal history to reach 1,000 for his career. The junior guard now has 1,010 points, and is averaging 26.7 points for the season.

Cal (3-0) also got 17 points from point guard Justin Cobbs. Crabbe and Cobbs combined for 105 points in the Bears’ first two games while no other player had even 10 in either game.

On Friday, three other players scored in double digits, led by forward David Kravish with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Off the bench, Ricky Kreklow and Robert Thurman scored 10 points apiece.

Jeff Faraudo