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Jim Urquhart, Associated Press
California forward Harper Kamp (22) loses the ball against Utah guard Anthony Odunsi (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah basketball team hung with Pac-12 leader Cal for most of the first half, but trail by 12 at halftime 35-23, Thursday night at the Huntsman Center.

The Utes led for most of the first eight minutes, before the Bears went ahead for good at 12-10 with 11:50 left. The Utes trailed 29-23 with less than two minutes left, but the Bears closed the half with six straight points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Justin Cobbs. The Utes had been holding the ball for the last shot, but Jason Washburn turned the ball over with three seconds left.

Chris Hines leads the Utes with nine points, while Cedric Martin has six points on a pair of 3-pointers.

The Bears are led by forward Harper Kamp with nine points and David Kravish and Robert Thurman with six apiece.

Utah actually outshot Cal 42.9 percent to 41.2, but had 11 turnovers to just three for the Bears and the Utes were outrebounded 18 to 15.