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FINAL SCORE: Cal 64, Utah 46. Bears win their sixth straight, their eighth in nine games. Improve to 19-9, 11-5 in Pac-12. They remain just one game out of first place. Colorado visits on Saturday afternoon. Utah falls to 11-16, 3-12 in conference play.
3:57 2nd H: This is over. Cal leads 55-36. Crabbe had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Cobbs has 12 points and seven assists. Wallace has 11 points. Utah shooting 26 percent.
10:15 2nd H: The Cal run reached 21-0 — with the Utes going 10:14 w/o a point. Bears now lead 47-31. Crabbe just limped off with a gimpy left ankle, but he’s standing on the sideline during the timeout and appears OK.
15:31 2nd H: Cal leads 38-24. Utah has not scored in 8 minutes, 40 seconds — since 4:11 remained in the first half. The Bears have outscored the Utes 19-0 since then. Utes are 0 for 11 shooting with 6 TOs during their drought.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 34, Utah 24. Cal ends half on 15-0 run and leads by 10. Utah shot 0 for 3 with five turnovers during Cal surge. Bears made final six FGs of half — three of them 3-pointers — and scored on nine straight possessions. Crabbe leads Bears with 10 points and seven rebounds. After starting 6 for 21, Bears are 12 for 27.
3:37 1st H: Utes led 22-14, but Cal has outscored them 7-2 over the past 90 seconds to pull witin 24-23 on fastbreak layup by Wallace. Richard Solomon hit just his 3rd 3-pointer of the year a moment earlier. Not sure it’s a good thing — he may take more. Cal coming alive.
6:53 1st H: A month of good work by the Bears in danger of being undermined by this . . . Utah leads 20-14. Cal shooting 6 for 19. Crabbe returned after 2 1/2-minute break and hit a 3-pointer just 15 seconds after he came in.
11:52 1st H: Cal clinging to 11-10 lead. Bears shooting 5 for 14, including 1 for 8 from the 3-point line. Crabbe 1 for 4 from deep. Utah worse at 3 for 12. This is just the way the Utes want it — awkward and ugly.
15:59 1st H: Solid start for the Bears, who lead 7-3. Utah made its first shot, has missed past four. Crabbe with a 3-pointer for Cal and Kravish a pair of layups.
LINEUPS: A late arriving crowd as Utah announces it will start Jason Washburn, Jordan Loveridge, Jarred DuBois, Brandon Taylor and Cedric Martin. Cal will go with Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, Tyrone Wallace, Richard Solomon and David Kravish.
WELCOME: Back at Haas Pavilion for tonight’s Pac-12 game between the red-hot Bears (five in a row, seven of eight) and the 10th-place but dangerous Utah Utes (losers of nine games by 7 points or fewer). Cal just one game out of first place, sitting alone in fourth.
Will be back with starting lineups.