BERKELEY -- Allen Crabbe made just one of his first six shots, but he kept shooting.
The junior guard scored 24 of his career-high 33 points in the second half, and Cal improved to 2-0 with a 79-62 nonconference victory over Pepperdine in front of 6,403 fans at Haas Pavilion on Tuesday night.
Justin Cobbs added 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. When Crabbe left the game with 4:37 left, he and Cobbs had combined for 56 points -- one more than the entire Pepperdine team (0-2) had at the time.
Crabbe made nine of 12 shots after his chilly start, including 11 straight points for Cal during a three-minute span in the second half. He is averaging 30 points through two games.
"I tell myself this year I can't let my offensive game affect the way I play the whole game," said Crabbe, who also had six rebounds. "I saw I wasn't making shots. I told myself keep shooting. My teammates were finding me. I got into a rhythm and started making shots."
Crabbe's previous career high was 30 against Washington State during his freshman season.
Cobbs is averaging 22.5 points, giving the Bears a backcourt tandem that has totaled 105 points after two games.
No one else on the roster has reached double digits in either game.
The Bears got a lift from sophomore guard Ricky Kreklow, a transfer from Missouri who made his Cal debut. In 17 minutes off the bench, Kreklow had three points, four rebounds, three steals and two
assists, including one that Cal coach Mike Montgomery credited with getting Crabbe on track.
"It was nothing more than good basketball," Montgomery said of the play with 40 seconds left in the first half. "He drove right at the defender, delivered the pass right on time and Allen shot it in rhythm."
Diagnosed with a stress fracture in early October, Kreklow had surgery on his right foot to put a screw in his fifth metatarsal.
"I think I did OK. I kind of did what I anticipated I would do," Kreklow said.
He brings an active, aggressive defensive mentality not too different from what Jorge Gutierrez provided the past four seasons. You could call him Jorge Lite.
"Jorge was pretty unique," Montgomery said, "but there is some truth to that from the standpoint that Ricky is not afraid of contact. He tends to throw himself into the fray."