Cal Pulls Away To Beat Buffs 62-46
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Tyrone Wallace and David Kravish each had double-doubles and California won its seventh straight game, defeating Colorado 62-46 on Saturday.
Wallace had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Kravish had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Bears (20-9, 12-5 Pac-12), who are in the midst of their longest winning streak in a decade.
Justin Cobbs added 16 points and five assists while helping California clinch a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The Bears won despite an off-night from leading scorer Allen Crabbe, who was held to eight points while being saddled with foul trouble.
Xavier Johnson had 14 points and seven rebounds for Colorado (19-9, 9-7), which lost for only the third time in 11 games.
Wallace, a freshman, had only six points in the first half and was shut out for the first seven minutes after halftime before finding his rhythm. He scored six straight points during one stretch and provided the signature moment of the game when he scored on a soaring one-handed dunk past Colorado’s Andre Roberson in the second half.
Roberson, the leading rebounder in Division I who was coming off a career-high 24 points in the Buffaloes’ 65-63 win over Stanford on Wednesday, had nine points and five boards but helped shut down Crabbe.
Colorado, which had only one player in double figures, can still reach 20 wins for the third straight season under coach Tad Boyle but the Buffaloes will need some help to get a top-four seed in the Pac-12 tournament.
Cal, on the other hand, will get to rest during the first round thanks to its longest winning streak since 2002-03.
Crabbe has been the catalyst for the Bears most of the season but couldn’t get going against the Buffaloes. He still made an impact with two assists and a key block when Cal pulled away to extend the longest current winning streak in the Pac-12.
Kravish picked up some of the slack while helping Cal end its three-game losing streak against Colorado. He scored eight points over the final 8 1/2 minutes.
California led 14-13 when Crabbe picked up his third foul and went to the bench with 5:11 remaining before the break. Roberson, who spent most of the game defending Crabbe, took advantage and scored inside to give Colorado the lead but the Bears responded with a 10-2 run.
Cobbs started it with two free throws then fed Wallace for a breakaway dunk. Kravish followed with a hook shot and Wallace added a 16-foot jumper to make it 22-15.
Roberson scored off an offensive rebound to halt the slide, and after Cobbs scored on a layup for Cal, Sabatino Chen made a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to pull the Buffaloes within 24-20 at halftime.
Colorado, which missed 17 of its first 21 shots, kept it close until Cal pulled away over the final 7 minutes.
Wallace helped spark the Bears’ late run when he took a pass from Crabbe and beat Roberson down the court to score on a one-handed dunk that put Cal up 40-34.
- By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press
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