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


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


Cobbs hit a late layup, crashed into the basket support and was

down briefly, then came out holding his head. He did not


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


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