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Cal's Allen Crabbe wins Pac-12 Player of the Year

  • In this Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, California's Allen Crabbe celebrates after scoring against UCLA during an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif. Crabbe has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

BERKELEY — California junior shooting guard Allen Crabbe has been honored as the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring.

The conference also announced Monday that Oregon's Dana Altman has won Coach of the Year. Arizona State's Jahii Carson and UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad shared Freshman of the Year honors. Colorado forward Andrew Roberson earned the Defensive Player of the Year award. And Stanford junior forward Dwight Powell took home Most Improved Player of the Year.

Crabbe is the seventh player in school history and third in the last four years to win the league's most prestigious award. He joins Jason Kidd (1994), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), Jerome Randle (2010) and Jorge Gutierrez (2012).

Crabbe averaged 18.6 points and six rebounds per game this season, propelling the Golden Bears (20-10, 12-6) to seven straight wins and a likely NCAA tournament berth before losing 83-70 at home to Stanford in the regular-season finale. He is 10th on Cal's career scoring list with 1,489 points.

"I am really happy for Allen," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said in a statement. "He has been a mainstay in our program and has improved each year. Allen has been a guy that has been under constant pressure to carry the load offensively and has done a very good job for us. This is a reward for a lot of hard work and I think well-justified."

The awards are voted on by the conference's coaches. They are not allowed to vote for themselves or their own players.

Crabbe led the conference in scoring the entire season. He also ranked fifth in 3-pointers made per game (two), sixth in free-throw percentage (81 percent) and 20th in rebounds (six) per game.

Crabbe scored at least 20 points in 14 games, including two 30-point performances. He had 10 points or more in all but three games. He scored a career-best 33 points in a 79-62 win over Pepperdine on Nov. 13.

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