Crabbe 6 for 26 in Cal’s loss to No. 16 Creighton

California’s Allen Crabbe missed a 3-pointer midway through the
first half and shook his head in frustration when the ball clanged
off the front of the rim.

Justin Cobbs just wanted to rest his head after crashing hard
into a support late in the game.

It was that type of night for the Golden Bears’ two leading
scorers.

Cobbs had 18 points and Crabbe added 14 after missing his
initial 12 shots from the floor in a 74-64 loss to No. 16 Creighton
on Saturday night.

”I thought I was going to get into a rhythm at some point in
the game but I didn’t,” said Crabbe, who finished a season-worst 6
of 26 from the floor. ”That’s pretty unacceptable. They were shots
I usually make, that’s the frustrating part.”

Crabbe was out of sync most of the night and grew increasingly
frustrated after an offensive foul early in the second half before
hitting an 8-footer at the 16:53 mark for his first field goal. He
missed again the next time down.

After Crabbe’s basket with 11:49 remaining pulled Cal to 46-43,
Doug McDermott hit the first of three straight 3-pointers by the
Bluejays as they pulled away.

Crabbe led Cal in scoring in seven of its first eight games and
was sixth in the country with a 21.9 average before being held to
his second-lowest point total of the season. He had 13 against
Georgia Tech on Nov. 23.

”We didn’t do a good job of getting other people involved,
which is what we needed to do,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.
”We have to get over the idea that he’s the only guy that can
score. We’ve got to get other people involved.”

Cal (6-3) lost its third in a row following a 6-0 start and
second straight against a ranked opponent at Haas Pavilion. The
Golden Bears were beaten 76-75 on a buzzer-beater by No. 21 UNLV
last Sunday. They have three remaining nonconference games before
the start of Pac-12 play at UCLA on Jan. 3.

Doug McDermott had a season-high 34 points and nine rebounds
with more than a dozen NBA scouts watching as Creighton (10-1) ran
its winning streak to four games.

McDermott, averaging 22.7 points coming in, posted his seventh
straight game with 20 or more points and became the first Creighton
player with consecutive 30-point games since Bob Harstad in 1990.
It was McDermott’s third 30-point performance of the season.

”We got them frustrated early,” McDermott said. ”We held
Crabbe in check, that was our main goal. He’s a really good player
but we did a good job of locking him down.”

Gregory Echenique added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked
shots for the Bluejays.

McDermott scored 18 in the first half and shot 6 for 8 from the
floor with a pair of 3-pointers, putting on quite a show for all
the scouts in the building – primarily in attendance to see
him.

Cobbs hit a late layup, crashed into the basket support and was
down briefly, then came out holding his head. He did not
return.

Creighton showed few signs of being travel weary out West, going
25 for 61 from the floor and building off a 77-61 victory at home
against Akron last Sunday in which McDermott scored 30 points and
had a career-high six 3s.

The Bluejays’ lone loss was an 83-70 defeat to Boise State on
Nov. 28.

Creighton played again without reserve guard Josh Jones, who is
scheduled for a procedure Tuesday to restore a normal heart rhythm
after he passed out before a Dec. 6 game at Nebraska.

Cal missed its initial nine shots before Robert Thurman’s layup
at the 16:16 mark, and began the game 2 for 15. Each team was 0 for
4 from long range in the opening 8 1/2 minutes.

Crabbe was 0 for 9 in the first half and 6 for 26 overall –
including 0 for 8 from long range – while facing constant pressure
and a hand in his face. He missed a breakaway layup going to his
left with 18 seconds remaining in the first half as Cal trailed
34-29 at the break.

”I took some shots that hurt my team,” Crabbe said. ”I’ve got
to learn from it. I just couldn’t get into a rhythm tonight.”

A moment of silence was held before the national anthem for the
victims of Friday’s deadly attack at a Connecticut elementary
school.

The game attracted more than a dozen NBA scouts, with 15 NBA
personnel credentialed in all. General managers Bob Myers of the
Golden State Warriors, Dell Demps from the New Orleans Hornets and
the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Sam Presti attended.

Cal won the previous two meetings between the schools, but they
hadn’t played since the 1987-88 season. Creighton coach Greg
McDermott lost at Cal in December 2009 while coaching Iowa
State.