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FINAL SCORE: Utah 63, Cal 59. The Bears (18-12) lose their fourth in five games and drop into a four-way tie for fifth place at 9-8 in the Pac-12. Cal plays Colorado at home Saturday, still nursing a chance to move into a top-four seeding for the Pac-12 tournament. Richard Solomon finished with 19 points — all of them in the second half — and 14 rebounds. He scored nine points in the final 35.9 seconds as the Bears desperately tried to fight back. But they never got closer than three points. Justin Cobbs had seven assists, giving him 502 for his Cal career. Utah improves to 20-9, 9-8 in conference play with just its second road win of the season.
3:39 2nd H: Cal possession at 48-all after traveling call by Utes. A dunk by Solomon and four straight FTs by Wallace got the Bears even after Utah led 48-42.
11:21 2nd H: Early returns on 4-guard lineup encouraging for the Bears. Mathews hits a 3-pointer and the deficit is down to 36-35.
12:33 2nd H: Utah responded to Cal’s lead with a 6-0 spurt and now leads 36-32. Solomon has left the game in favor of Mathews, giving the Bears a four-guard look. Turnovers still a problem — Cal has 11, Utah just 5. That’s led to a 14-2 points-off-turnovers edge for the Utes.
14:50 2nd H: Cal leads 30-28 after a putback and mid-range jumper by Solomon who was scoreless in the first half. Utah is shooting 1 for 8 this half.
HALFTIME SCORE: Utah 26, Cal 24. Cal turns the ball over on its final two possessions of the half and heads into the locker room trailing. The Utes have outscored the Bears 18-4 in the paint. Cal has two FTs and eight turnovers.
2:41 1st H: Bears pulled even on a 3-pointer by Cobbs with 3:09 left. Cal shooting 45 percent to 41 percent for Utah. Rebounds even at 13 apiece. Cal has yet to shoot a free throw.
3:29 1st H: Utah leads 22-19. Cal hurting itself with turnovers — six of them so far. Solomon came out of the game with a bloody nose at 5:18. He is returning now.
6:30 1st H: Cal’s lead was up to 17-9 after a 3-pointer by Jabari Bird with 10:09 left. But Cobbs went out at 9:14 with his 2nd PF and Utah has responded with a 9-0 run, taking an 18-17 lead on a postup by Marko Kovacevic. A pair of 3-pointers by reserve guard Kenneth Ogbe fueled the surge. Cobbs back in now.
11:56 1st H: Cal leads 14-9. Ball moving better tonight. Cal has mixed man-to-man and zone defenses. Doing a good job so far on Delon Wright and Jordan Loveridge — Utah’s two top scorers — who have a combined 2 points.
THIS SCORE JUST IN: Colorado beat Stanford 59-56. The Bufffaloes improve to 10-7, moving into a tie for third place with ASU. Stanford falls to 9-8, into a tie with Oregon. Cal can go either way.
15:53 1st H: Cal leads 9-3. Kravish with a pair of FT-line jumpers to start. Kreklow hit a 3-pointer, but left the game with 16:01 left after picking up his 2nd PF. Jordan Mathews is in the game. Utah shooting 1 for 3 from the field, 1 for 4 from the FT line and has two TOs.
LINEUPS: Cal will start its usual group — Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Tyrone Wallace, Ricky Kreklow and Justin Cobbs. Utah goes with Princeton Onwas, Brandon Taylor, Jordan Loveridge, Dallin Bachynski and Delon Wright.
WELCOME: Back at Haas Pavilion for the final regular-season games of the season. The Bears (18-11, 9-7) take on Utah (19-9, 8-8) tonight with implications for Pac-12 tournament seeding and the NCAA tournament.
Will be back with lineups in a few minutes. Tipoff is 8:05 p.m. on ESPNU.