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Golden Nuggets: Allen Crabbe Puts on a Show in the Final Minutes of his Homecoming Game

Los Angeles native Allen Crabbe's 13-point explosion in the final three minutes nearly gave Cal an improbable win against UCLA.  

It speaks well for freshman Allen Crabbe that after scoring 13 points in the final 3:20, his first thought during the post-game interview was about his team, not himself.  "I just want to say I’m proud of my team because we didn’t give up. We didn’t show any weaknesses. We believed we could make a last run and we did," he said.

"It was very exciting. It sucks to lose, but we fought hard."

The game was a learning experience for the promising freshman.  If he can score 13 in three minutes while playing aggressively, and if he averages 32 minutes per game, then I'm looking forward to his 138-point performance against USC on Saturday.

"It was a learning experience for me," Crabbe said. "In the end, I just said that I have to be aggressive if we're going to make those runs. I need to help my team, and I did all that I could. I just need to start earlier, try to get to the basket and kick it to open people. They did a good job defending me, coming off the screens. I would come on a curl and they would bring up a big, but I felt like I was getting intimidated. I was doing what I was doing earlier in the season: not being aggressive enough. It sucks that I started doing all the aggressiveness late, but I just have to learn from this and learn that I have to be aggressive for 40 minutes."

After the jump Boyle's team bounces back from an unpleasant weekend, Cam Jordan heads to the Senior Bowl, and Wilner releases his pre-pre-preseason Pac-12 predictions.