Cal Bears mens basketball beat Pacific to move to 6-0 in DirecTV Classic

Mark J. Terrill/APAllan Crabbe scored 24 points as the Bears won the DirecTV Classic and their ninth straight game against Pacific.

Allen Crabbe scored 24 points, Justin Cobbs added 20 and the Cal men’s basketball team pulled away in the final 6 minutes to beat Pacific 78-58 on Sunday to win the DirecTV Classic.

The Golden Bears, who are off to their first 6-0 start since 2007, were 22-for-25 on free throws. Five of their victories have been by double-digit margins.

Cal leads 26-2 in the all-time series between the Northern California schools, which are 80 miles apart. The Bears came in with nine straight wins against Pacific since their previous loss to the Tigers in 1954. This was the first meeting since ?Dec. 9, 2009, when Cal beat Pacific 79-54 in the first Division I basketball game at the Stockton Arena.

Ross Rivera scored 13 points for Pacific (3-3), which shot 34.4 percent and went 3-of-17 from 3-point range. Shooting guard Sama Taku missed all eight of his shots after going 16-of-32 from the field over his previous four games.

The Bears had the luxury of playing the late game all three days of the eight-team tournament, which they began with a 73-70 victory over Drake before beating Georgia Tech 68-57 the following day. All of the teams played three games each.

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