Allan Crabbe scored 27 points, Justin Cobbs added 22 and California opened its season with a 78-65 win over Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday night.
The Golden Bears led comfortably throughout and were never challenged by the smaller, slower Roadrunners after going on a 21-3 run midway through the first half.
Crabbe, Cal's leading scorer and rebounder in 2011, had 20 points before halftime then gave the crowd at Haas Pavilion a brief scare after injuring his left ankle with 1:27 left while positioning for a rebound. Crabbe returned for the second half and fed David Kravish for an alley-oop dunk that helped push the Bears' lead to 57-35.
Stephon Carter had 15 points and eight rebounds while Brandon Barnes scored 12 for Bakersfield.