Crabbe Named Pac-12 Player of the Week - Again
BERKELEY - California junior guard Allen Crabbe was named the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second-straight week, the conference announced on Monday.
Crabbe, a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate, averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds to lead Cal to a pair of victories against UCLA and USC last week.
He guided the Bears, winners of three-straight and five of their last six, with a double-double in the comeback win over the Trojans on Sunday with a game-high 23 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Crabbe scored 14 points in the final 8:30 of the USC game to lead the Bears (16-9, 8-5 Pac-12) on a 29-14 run to re-capture the lead and seal the win. He recorded a career-best six steals against USC and had eight steals overall in the two games. The junior guard also posted a season-high five three-pointers against the Trojans. In two games against USC this season, Crabbe has totaled 50 points, 13 rebounds, seven steals and five assists.
The 23-point performance against USC was his 13th 20-point game of the season and 26th of his career.
Earlier in the week, Crabbe scored 15 first-half points as the Bears raced out to a 25-point lead over UCLA by halftime. He finished the UCLA game with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals.
With 39 points in Cal’s two games this week, Crabbe moved up three spots to 11th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,424 career points in 90 career games. He has also been the Pac-12’s leading scorer all season, currently in first place averaging 19.8 points per game.
The Pac-12 Player of the Week honor is the second in as many weeks and second of Crabbe’s career. It is the third time a Golden Bear has been recognized by the league this season after fellow junior guard Justin Cobbs was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Nov. 26, 2012.