Utah holds off a late California rally, earns a 60-58 win
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Marco Anthony scored 13 points and Utah held off a late rally to knock off California, 60-58 on Saturday.
Utah picked up its second straight win after back-to-back losses to Colorado and Stanford.
Utah built a 32-24 lead at intermission and expanded it to 43-31 after Both Gach hit two free throws less than five minutes into the second half. Cal rallied and after Grant Anticevich hit a 3 and Jordan Shepherd scored a layup, the Golden Bears cut their deficit to 47-43. The Utes answered with six straight points, but Cal battled back by hitting eight straight from the free-throw line to make it 57-55 with :19 left. Lazar Stefanovic hit two free throws for Utah before Jalen Celestine hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left.
The Utes (11-16, 4-13 Pac-12) shot 22 of 55 from the field (40%), hitting just 2 of 14 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.
Lars Thiemann scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead California (11-17, 4-13). Jalen Celestine and Kuany Kuany each added 10 points.
Utah returns home to play No. 3 Arizona on Thursday.
California plays host to Stanford Saturday.
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Updated February 19, 2022