BERKELEY, Calif. (ABC4 Sports) – For the first time since joining the Pac-12 Conference, the Utah basketball team is coming home from the Bay Area with a sweep.
Two nights after holding off Stanford, Sedrick Barefield scored 21 points, while Both Gach came off the bench to add 18, as the Utes pulled away from Cal, 82-64.
The Utes have now won a season-high four games in a row.
“I’ve said it a lot,” Barefield said. “I’m just really confident in the guys we have, especially when we’re playing assertive and aggressive and we’re defending,” Barefield said.
Timmy Allen poured in 17 points to go along with 12 rebounds, as Utah made 56 percent of its shots from the field.
The Utes made 11 three-pointers in the first half and never trailed after the opening four minutes.The 11 three-pointers was the second-most three-pointers Utah has made in any half – just one shy of the all-time record of 12 three-pointers the Utes drained in the second half against UNLV back on Feb. 11, 2002.
Utah led just 46-42 at halftime before using a 10-0 run, fueled by two 3-pointers from Barefield, to open a 58-44 lead margin with 15:28 left. Cal never got closer than eight points the rest of the game.
Utah improves to 12-8 overall, 5-2 in the Pac-12, tied for second place with USC, behind only Washington, which is 7-0.
Cal has yet to win a Pac-12 game, but head coach Larry Krystkowiak didn’t want to discuss Cal’s record wtih his team.
“When you plant that seed, I think it’s problematic for young kids,” he said.
The Utes next host Oregon Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.