LAS VEGAS — The Utah Runnin' Utes likely needed to win the Pac-12 Tournament in order to go to the NCAA Tournament.
Unfortunately for the Utes, that dream ended early in a 78-75 loss to the Cal Golden Bears in the second round of the tournament on Thursday. Down by double digits in the second half, Utah charged back and had a chance to tie with five seconds left, but a Sedrick Barefield attempt was short and got blocked.
• Utah was more effective from 2-point range, but the Golden Bears made 14 more free throws.
• Cal won the rebounding battle 33-25.
• Four Utes finished in double figures compared to three for the Golden Bears, but Cal had two finish with more than 20 points, and Utah had just one
Records: Utah (20-11); Cal (21-11)
Utah: Kyle Kuzma finished with 23 points
Cal: Jabari Bird scored 26 points and Charlie Moore added 21.
Cal will play Oregon in the tournament semifinals on Friday.