Basketball: Cal holds off Utah rally, 62-57

Allen Crabbe scored 23 points, including two free throws with 17 seconds left, and Cal (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12) held off Utah 62-57 in Salt Lake City.

The Bears led by 13 points with less than 7 minutes left, but did not score another field goal after 4:20.

Freshman Tyrone Wallace has 12 points and eight assists and Justin Cobbs had five of Cal’s 16 steals.

Senior guard Brandon Smith played 19 minutes off the bench in his first game since Dec. 22. He had three points, three rebounds and three assists. Smith had missed six games with a concussion.

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Jeff Faraudo

  • Gobears49

    I give myself partial credit for Cal’s win against Utah by stating last week that the way Crabbe was playing he would have to return to Cal next year because he would not do well in the NBA draft for next year. It must have p***** Crabbe off so much that he finally started hitting his outside shot. His much improved play was the reason Cal won last night.

    BTW, I’m just kidding about giving myself partial credit for Cal’s victory. But, consistent with the comment I made last week, I still think a three guard offense with Crabbe, Cobbs, and incoming freshman Bird would be a dynamic starting lineup next year (assuming Bird is as good as advertised), but only if Cobbs shows he really wants to play as a point guard should rather than as a shooting guard (he plays much more like a shooting guard than a point guard now). I worry about the same issue with Wallace.

  • wehofx

    GoBears, forgot to dvr again.

    I hope you’re right about crabbe – but I have a bad feeling he’s gone after this year.

    Know what you’re saying about cobb and wallace at the 1. imo wallace has more potential at pg.

    sounds like D really, really showed?

    Did B Smith’s 12 minutes seem like it made a difference in cobbs, crabbe and wallace being more rested and ready to make the final push to finish the game?