Cobbs honored for outstanding play

Point guard Justin Cobbs, who has excelled during Bears' five-game winning streak, named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

BEREKELY, Calif. – It took fifteen weeks, but California finally had someone named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

Guard Justin Cobbs was recognized Monday after a stellar weekend in which he led the Golden Bears to a home sweep of the Oregon schools to remain tied for first place in the conference.

"I played well this weekend," Cobbs said. "Passed the ball well, finished well. I'm just honored to be named player of the week."

"I didn't think there could be much of a question based on the numbers he put up," Cal head coach Mike Montgomery said.

The sophomore from Los Angeles had a career-high 28 points Thursday as Cal held off Oregon, 86-83. On Saturday, Cobbs posted his second career double-double with 10 points and personal-best 13 assists in a Senior Night rout of Oregon State.

Not since Jason Kidd in 1994 had a Cal player accounted for 13 or more assists in a game.

"To be up there with him is an honor," Cobbs said. "Just got to keep working, keep pushing."

Cobbs has been one of the main architects of Cal's five-game winning streak. After struggling in the lone home loss this season against Arizona, the transfer from Minnesota is averaging 14.8 points on 61. 7 percent shooting (29 of 47) and 6.6 assists.

"I'm a lot more confident," Cobbs said. "I'm picking spots of when to be aggressive and when not to be aggressive. Against Oregon State, we had guys going and those are times when I don't need to score the ball and I can just go to my teammates."

The challenge will be to bring that same level of execution on the road this week against Utah, which despite its 2-12 conference record has been much more competitive in Salt Lake Coty, and Colorado, which is undefeated in Pac-12 play in Boulder.

"We just know we got to take it one game at a time," Cobbs said. "We just got to stay focused and try to not look too far ahead of us."


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