Basketball: USC game thread

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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.

Jeff Faraudo


  1. As Juancho stated we would have gotten Bird anyway. Because of him this is the best year in many. A few yeas ago we were last in the Pac12.

  2. Steve Williams just declared for the NFL draft. Sure hope McClure comes back strong.

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