Jan. 14, 2011
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Freshman Allen Crabbe had a career-high 30 points, Harper Kamp scored 18 and California held on to beat Washington State 88-81 in overtime Thursday night.
Crabbe was 10 for 15 shooting, including 4 for 6 on 3-pointers, and made a pair of shots in the extra period to help the Golden Bears (9-7, 2-2 Pac-10) run away with the victory in overtime after blowing a 14-point lead.
Pac-10 scoring leader Klay Thompson had another brilliant offensive night with 36 points and DeAngelo Casto added 11 for the Cougars (12-5, 2-3), who dropped their third straight conference road game. They also lost at UCLA and USC.
Thompson's 3-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation forced overtime. But Cal sprinted out to a six-point lead in the extra period that was too much for Washington State to overcome.
The half-dozen NBA scouts that sat along press row -- mostly to see Thompson -- were rewarded with a show from two up-and-comers. Thompson, a 6-foot-6 junior guard who entered the game averaging 22.3 points per outing, wasn't the only young star.
Crabbe's inside-outside game topped his previous scoring best this season of 17 points, which he had done three times. The freshman came through at the biggest moments for a young Cal team.
The Golden Bears' trapping defense swarmed the Cougars and allowed for some easy fast-break points early. Cal scored 10 straight in a run propelled by its defense to take a 21-11 lead midway through the first half.
Washington State trimmed the deficit to eight before Crabbe found his stroke. He made four 3-pointers in a span of about 2 1/2 minutes, pushing the Golden Bears back in front by 14 points.
Thompson twice helped cut Cal's lead but didn't have enough help. Crabbe made two quick shots in overtime, and the Golden Bears held off any rally with free throws.