Jeffrey D. Allred,
Utah Utes forward David Collette (13) duksover UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday (3) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah won its fifth straight and picked up an important victory in the Pac-12 race, beating UCLA 84-78 Thursday night at the Huntsman Center.

Turning point: With Utah nursing a 75-72 lead heading into the final minute, Parker Van Dyke drilled a 3-pointer with a hand in his face and the shot clock running down to put the Utes up six with 41 seconds remaining. Despite UCLA responding immediately with a 3-pointer, Utah hit enough free throws down the stretch to win.

The hero: Van Dyke scored a career-high 18 points, hitting a team-high four 3-pointers while adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals. David Collette was also a perfect 9-for-9 from the field and finished with a team-high 21 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

3 keys

- The Utes outshot the Bruins from the field, 52.7 percent to 42.4 percent.

- Utah had 30 points in the paint, to 20 for UCLA.

- The Utes made 15 of 17 free-throws, while the Bruins hit 9 of 11.

Utah almanac: 18-9, 10-6 Pac-12, Won 5

Next 3

Saturday vs. USC (20-9, 11-5), 12:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Saturday, March 3 vs. Colorado (15-13, 7-9), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

March 7-10, TBD at Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas