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Basketball: Utah game thread

FINAL SCORE: Utah 79, Cal 69.  The Utes score the first five points of the OT period and never trail. They made 13 of 16 FTs to ice the win. “In overtime their confidence went sky high and we kind of put our chin to our chest,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery conceded. The Bears (20-11) dropped their second straight — they haven’t won a game since beating Colorado on March 2 — and head into Selection Sunday just the littlest bit unsure. Said Montgomery, when asked if the Bears deserve a spot in the field: “I’ll give my stock answer … as if my opinion means anything to anybody: The answer to your question is yes.” Cobbs scored 26 points and Crabbe had 21. DuBois led the Utes (15-17) with 21 points and freshman Jordan Loveridge had 20. 

OVERTIME: DuBois hits a 3-pointer from the left wing with 4 seconds left to tie the score at 59-all and we have overtime.

0:17.7 2nd H: That’s why you call timeout — Loveridge misses the third and Crabbe rebounds. He’s fouled and shoots 1 and 1 — hits first, and second for a 59-56 lead.

0:17.7 2nd H: Loveridge makes first two FTs. Cal calls timeout leading 57-56. At 28.2 seconds, Crabbe had two FTs — missed the second. Kind of big right now.

0:17.7: Utah’s Jordan Loveridge shooting 3 FTs with Utah trailing 57-54.

3:39 2nd H: Two free throws by Crabbe and a layup by Wallace and Cal leads 52-50.

6:30 2nd H: Freshman Jordan Loveridge hits consecutive 3-pointers and Utah leads 50-48. Utes have outscored Cal 14-4 over the past 5 minutes to overcome Bears’ eight-point lead.

11:30 2nd H: Cal ran off eight straight points and led 44-36 after a jumper by Kreklow with 13:58. Utah failed to score on nine consecutive possessions. But it’s now 44-38 after a layup by Brandon Taylor, who will shoot one FT after the timeout.

16:07 2nd H: Cal leads 40-36. Crabbe hit a 3-pointer earlier in the half, then missed one that was wide open in transition. Pat Riley watching from courtside. He’s not the only NBA scout here — just the most famous one.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 33, Utah 32. After being outscored 18-11 over the first 6 minutes, the Bears held a 22-14 edge the half.  Cobbs has 13 points for Cal, Crabbe and Kreklow each with six. DuBois has 15 for the Utes. 

3:54 1st H: Another 3-pointer by Kreklow, who was 3 for 11 from deep in just 6 games this season. Then a spinning pullup jumper by Solomon and a dash to the basket by Cobbs and Cal leads 27-23. Cobbs has 13 — looking like the All-Pac-12 player the coaches didn’t think he was on Monday. Cal playing a zone defense with a tall lineup — the regulars, plus Kreklow for Wallace — and Utah has made just 1 of its past 6 shots after starting 11 for 15.

7:54 1st H: Utah leads 23-20 after a 3-pointer by DuBois, who already has 13 points on 5 for 5 shooting, three of them from deep. Big news for Cal: Kreklow hit a 3-pointer that tied the score at 18-18 — it was his 1st 3-point since UCSB on Dec. 18. Monty still going with four reserves and now Crabbe in place of Cobbs, who has 11 points. Starters getting a good long break.

11:31 1st H: Utah made 9 of its first 10 shots and led 18-11. Bears have closed margin to 18-15. Cobbs with nine points. Montgomery already made wholesale lineup changes, no doubt looking for someone who will play better defensively. Brandon Smith, Robert Thurman, Ricky Kreklow and Bak Bak have already come in.

16:29 1st H: Utes, feeling comfortable on the court where they won less than 24 hrs ago, off to good start with 10-6 lead. Jarred DuBois, senior guard who played well vs. USC on Wednesday, already has two 3-pointers and a layup. Cal shooting 3 for 6, but not yet tuned in on defense.

LINEUPS: Utah will start Jason Washburn, Jordan Loveridge, Cedric Martin, Jarred DuBois and Brandon Taylor. Cal goes with Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs.

WELCOME: I’m here at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for this evening’s Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal between Cal (20-10) and Utah (14-17). The Utes got here by beating USC 69-66 in a first-round game Wednesday night. The winner will play Friday at 8:38 p.m. against either Oregon or Washington.

Jeff Faraudo