Junior Allen Crabbe had 23 points and five rebounds to lead Cal over Utah 62-57.
Utah turned over the ball 17 times and trailed by 15 at one point.
Senior Jason Washburn led the Utes with 14 points and seven rebounds and was one of four Utes in double figures for the night. The Utes outscored Cal 35-30 in the second half but it was not enough.
Freshman Jordan Loveridge had 12 points and nine rebounds.