BERKELEY, Calif. – The Pac-12 sent out two press releases Monday, both concerning California guard Allen Crabbe’s involvement in the win over USC the night before.
The first was a public reprimand of head coach Mike Montgomery for his two-handed shove of Crabbe during a second-half timeout.
The second named Crabbe the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, in part for the 10 points he contributed to the 25-7 run over the final 6:15 that propelled Cal to the 76-68 victory.
The junior from Los Angeles (Calif.) Price became the first player to earn back-to-back conference honors this season, and the first to do so since Washington State guard Klay Thompson in Nov. 2009.
Crabbe finished with 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, 10 rebounds, and six steals against USC, three days after providing 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a win over UCLA.
During four regular-season games against the Los Angeles schools, Crabbe averaged 21.75 points per game and made 33-of-65 shots (50.7%) of his shots.
However, Crabbe’s accomplishment was overshadowed by the incident with Montgomery, despite his attempts to downplay it immediately after the game.
“It was just Coach’s way of motivating me,” Crabbe said Sunday. “It’s under the bridge. He’s my coach and there are no hard feelings.”
Dan Greenspan writes about the Pac-12 for Fox Sports Next. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.