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Laura Seitz,
Utah Utes guard Lorenzo Bonam (15) and Utah Utes guard Devon Daniels (3) leave the arena after losing 75-78 to the California Golden Bears in the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

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.

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Cal will play Oregon in the tournament semifinals on Friday.