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FINAL SCORE: Cal 70, USC 62. Crabbe finished with 27 points and the Bears improved to 9-5, 1-1 in the Pac-12. Cobbs had 10 points, as did Wallace, who mae two big 3-pointers late in the game. Cal was 21 of 22 from the FT line after missing its first four tries. USC fell to 6-9, 1-1.
3:15 2nd H: Cal up 60-56 after 3-pointer by Tyrone Wallace.
9:38 2nd H: Nine straight points by Crabbe, including a 3-pointer just now, and Cal leads 53-47. Crabbe has 21 points in front of a big contingent of Cal fans, including his family.
12:14 2nd H: Well, that didn’t last long. USC in midst of 7-0 run, with layup and FT by Jio Fontan, pulling Trojans within 44-43. Crabbe now has three PFs.
14:06 2nd H: Cal has biggest lead at 44-36 after USC turnover led to Crabbe jumper. He has 12 points.
15:42 2nd H: Cal leads 40-35 after a jumper by Crabbe, who has 10. Bears, who played zone defense most or all of first half, now in man. USC is shooting 3 for 9 in the half.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 32, USC 29. Two FTs by Cobbs with 4 seconds left pushed Cal’s lead to three points. Moments earlier, Powers hit his 2nd 3-pointer of the night off — get this — an assist from Bak Bak. It was just the fourth assist of Bak’s four-year Cal career — one each season. Crabbe has eight points for the Bears, who have gotten 10 from their bench, a big lift for the depth-starved Bears. Eric Wise leads USC with seven points.
3:07 1st H: Bears cling to 25-24 lead. Cal shooting 11 for 25 and has 18-12 rebounding edge. USC shooting 9 for 22. Crabbe’s eight points lead all scorers.
6:34 1st H: Cal leads 19-17 after twisting drive by Cobbs. Jeff Powers hit a 3-pointer with 7:58 left, ending a drought of 22 consecutive misses from beyond the arc, spanning 98 minutes, 5 seconds and dating back to Cal’s Dec. 22 game vs. Prairie View A&M. In other words, three days before Christmas!
10:34 1st H: Cal leads 14-11. Bears took the lead at 10-9 on a jumper by Crabbe, pushed it to 12-9 when Solomon scored on a turn-around shot. Monty subbed Crabbe out at 12:56. He will return after this timeout, getting about 5-6 minutes of rest in real time. Solomon picked up his second PF with 12:08 left and came out for . . . Bak Bak. Bears actually added to their lead with lineup of Robt Thurman, Bak, Kravish, Wallace and Cobbs.
15:41 1st H: USC leads 9-8 at the first break. Cal is shooting 4 for 7 from the field (has not attempted a 3-pointer). USC is 3 for 5. (Cal entered the game having not made a 3-pointer in its past 20 attempts, spanning 86:06).
STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will start Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs. USC goes with Eric Wise, Aaron Fuller, Dewayne Dedmond, Byron Wesley and Jio Fontan.
WELCOME: Here at the Galen Center to watch Cal (8-5, 0-1 Pac-12) take on USC (6-8, 1-0). Already have the news that neither Brandon Smith (concussion) nor Ricky Kreklow (foot) will play for Cal tonight. Will be back with lineups.