Cal men no match for No. 11 Utah 

click to enlarge Cal's Jabari Bird, right, tries to get past Utah's Jordan Loveridge during Sunday's game. - KIM RAFF/AP
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  • Cal's Jabari Bird, right, tries to get past Utah's Jordan Loveridge during Sunday's game.

SALT LAKE CITY — Jakob Poeltl had 18 points and eight rebounds, and No. 11 Utah beat California 76-61 on Sunday for the Utes' 17th straight home victory.

Down 32-26 with five minutes left before halftime, Utah closed the half on a 14-2 run and didn't trail after the break.

Delon Wright added 16 points for the Utes (20-4, 10-2 Pac-12), while Brandon Taylor had 13.

Tyrone Wallace led Cal (16-10, 6-7) with 26 points and Jabari Bird scored 21 as the Golden Bears' five-game winning streak was snapped.

Wright got the crowd back into the game with a steal and a breakaway two-handed, double-pump dunk to take a 44-34 lead early in the second half. He then blocked a shot on the ensuing Cal possession.

The Golden Bears went 11:33 from late in the first half to early in the second with just one field goal. The Utes defense clamped down after Wallace's hot start to hold Cal to 41.4 percent shooting in the second half after it shot 50 percent in the first.


California: The Golden Bears shot 39.2 percent from 3-point range during their five-game winning streak. They made 28.6 percent Sunday. ... Cal was called for two five-second violations while trying to inbound the ball in the first half. ... Center David Kravish is now three rebounds from passing Doug True and moving to No. 5 on the school's career rebounding list.

Utah: The Utes have been ranked for 13 weeks this season, including the last 11 in a row. That's the most time the team has been in the poll since the 1999-2000 season. ... Utah had a moment of silence before the game to honor assistant coach Andy Hill's father, Rick, who died Saturday. ... The Utes now have back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2003-05.


California visits Stanford on Saturday.

Utah visits Oregon State on Thursday.

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