The California Golden Bears (7-15, 2-13 Pac-12) lost their seventh-straight game Thursday, losing by one point to the Utah Utes (9-7, 6-6 Pac-12) in a 75-76 decision.
After blowout losses to arch-rival Stanford in the past week, the Golden Bears held the visiting Utes scoreless in the last four minutes and five seconds of game time.
Unsurprising for the Golden Bears, star-player Matt Bradley scored a game-high 20 points, including a field goal with 45 seconds left in the game that brought Utah's advantage to two points at 76-74. The Utes' lead was as high as 10 points, achieved by the visiting side right before halftime.
California could not muster the comeback, but it was not for lack of trying. Bradley missed a three-pointer with six seconds left in the game, and Andre Kelly missed a free-throw attempt in the last 0.7 seconds.
Kelly scored 17 points and was near-perfect on shots from the charity stripe, his only miss on six attempts at the end of the game.
Grant Anticevich contributed 18 points, including four three-point shots on six attempts, and added eight rebounds, three steals and one assist. Makale Foreman put up 12 points and two assists in 20 minutes of gameplay.
Lucy, I trust you so many times today. And you came up with new and unique ways to yank the ball away and I end up on my back again. Rats!
Final 76-75. Utah
Close enough to make it painful
75-68 with 30 seconds
It’s a close lose. The losing streak continues.