Cal won its fifth game in the last six with a second-half, double-digit comeback over USC Sunday, continuing the Bears’ run as one of the hottest teams in the Pac-12. But it didn’t come without controversy.
Cal coach Mike Montgomery is appropriately coming under fire for shoving his star player Allen Crabbe during a timeout early in the second half of the contest. The Bears fell down by 12 with 16:32 left in the second half when Montgomery stopped the clock and physically confronted Crabbe as the player approached the bench, questioning his effort:
Crabbe took exception to his coach physically assaulting him and momentarily left the court but soon returned at the behest of teammates. Crabbe, who leads the conference in scoring, responded by adding 14 of his 23 points after the incident, leading the Bears in turning a 15-point deficit into a 76-68 win.
After the game both Crabbe and Montgomery wrote off the episode as nothing major. After all, a win is a win! Cal continues to creep...