Glen Dean had 10 points for the Utes this evening
Jan. 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah men's basketball was left searching for its first Pac-12 win at home this evening when it dropped a close contest to Cal, 62-57 on Power of Pink Night at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Four Utah (9-10, 1-6 Pac-12) players scored in double figures with Jason Washburn leading the way. The senior poured in 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Jordan Loveridge scored 12 points and corralled nine rebounds. Brandon Taylor had 10 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Glen Dean also scored 10.
Allen Crabbe scored 23 points, going 8-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, as Cal (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12) won for the second time in its last three games. Tyrone Wallace added 12 points and eight assists.
Cal led by as many as 15 in the second half until a Washburn three-pointer cut Utah's deficit to just three, 58-55, with under a minute remaining. David Kravish missed at the other end for the Golden Bears, but poked the rebound out to Crabbe, who was fouled and sank two free throws with 17 seconds left.
Taylor missed a three-pointer with 11 seconds left for the Utes and Justin Cobbs grabbed the rebound and sank a pair of free throws to seal the win for Cal.
Utah out-shot the visitors for the contest, making 43 percent of its field goal tries. The Utes were also a plus-six on the glass and made 12-of-13 free throws, but the turnovers did them in. In total, the Utes committed 17 turnovers, 15 in the first 20 minutes.
California entered the matchup on Thursday night with 16 total steals in Pac-12 play. The Bears matched that total tonight with the most steals by a team in league play since last season, when Oregon State took the ball from the Utes 16 times.
Utah is back at it on Sunday when it hosts Stanford at 7 p.m.