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Utah upsets Cal men 79-69

  • California's Brandon Smith (12) is fouled as he shoots between Utah's Jordan Loveridge, left, and Brandon Taylor during the first half during a Pac-12 men's tournament NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

LAS VEGAS — Jarred DuBois scored 21 points and hit a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation, Jordan Loveridge scored eight of his 20 points in overtime, and Utah upset second-seeded California 79-69 in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals Friday night.

Utah (15-17) knocked off top-seeded Washington in last year's tournament and took down No. 2 this year by hitting some big shots down the stretch.

The 10th-seeded Utes trailed 59-56 in regulation after Allen Crabbe hit two free throws, but Utah worked the ball around to DuBois, who hit a contested 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to tie the game.

Utah dominated overtime and will move on to face the Washington-Oregon winner in Friday's semifinals.

Cal (20-11) needed to play well in the Pac-12 tournament to ensure an NCAA invite but now will have to wait three anxious days to find out if it will get an at-large bid.

Justin Cobbs had 26 points and Crabbe finished with 21 for the Bears.

Jason Washburn had 18 points for Utah.

Utah needs to win the Pac-12 tournament to get into the NCAA tournament and took the first step by holding off USC 69-66 in its tourney opener. It was a good step for the Utes, a young team that struggled to close out tight games, even against smaller opponents like Sacramento State and CS Northridge.

To keep it going, they would have to beat Cal, one of the hottest teams coming into the Pac-12 tournament.

The Bears had some rough patches during the nonconference schedule — three straight losses against ranked opponents in December — and opened Pac-12 play with a mediocre 5-5 start.


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