BERKELEY, Calif. -- Allan Crabbe scored 27 points, Justin Cobbs added 22 and California opened its season with a 78-65 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday night.
The Golden Bears led comfortably throughout and were never challenged by the smaller, slower Roadrunners after going on a 21-3 run midway through the first half.
Crabbe, Cal's leading scorer and rebounder in 2011, had 20 points before halftime then gave the crowd at Haas Pavilion a brief scare after injuring his left ankle with 1:27 left while positioning for a rebound. Crabbe returned for the second half and fed David Kravish for an alley-oop dunk that helped push the Bears' lead to 57-35.
Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes.
Point guard Jaylen Fisher, who reopened his recruitment after coaching changes at UNLV, has committed to TCU over a long list of schools.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.