Ten minutes late for a morning shootaround, Allen Crabbe tried making up for it Sunday afternoon by coming off the bench to score 17 points in Cal's 73-46 win over outmanned Jackson State at Haas Pavilion.
Crabbe said his alarm clock didn't wake him, making him and roommate Richard Solomon tardy for the 8:30 a.m. session.
"A simple mistake. Won't happen again," said Crabbe, who had started all 40 previous career games in which he played.
Coach Mike Montgomery called it "uncharacteristic" for Crabbe, the reigning conference freshman of the year. He was less pleased that Solomon -- coming off a two-game suspension for undisclosed issues -- would be late on the day he returned to action.
"Seemed like Richard would have been there 15 minutes early," Montgomery said. "They're roommates. Why couldn't the other person get up and get (them) going?"
The Bears (8-2) started slowly against the visitors from the Southwestern Athletic Conference before using runs of 17-4 late in the first half and 9-0 early in the second to pull away.
The Tigers (1-8) remain winless against Division I opponents. Cal is 11-0 all-time vs. teams from the SWAC.
Senior guard Jorge Gutierrez had a career-high 10 assists to go with seven points and seven rebounds and might have had a triple-double had he not sat down with 71/2 minutes left and Cal leading 60-37.
"Jorge probably should have had 15 assists," said Montgomery, unhappy with Cal's efficiency in attacking the Tigers' zone defense.
Junior forward Bak Bak came off the bench to score a season-high 10 points, hitting all four of his shots. Cal held a 33-23 rebounding edge and had a season-high 24 assists.
Solomon had six points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.
"We always talk about how we're a family. It was good having Richard back out there with us," said Crabbe, also his high school teammate.
Jackson State, winless against a brutal road schedule that includes Florida, Ohio State, Memphis and Baylor, shot 34 percent for the game and had as many turnovers (16) as baskets.