Cal improved to 13-0 in Haas Pavilion, this year. The last time the Bears won 13 in a row, in Berkeley, was at the start of the 1959-60 season.
Cal has won 16 consecutive games in Haas Pavilion, dating back to a 76-72 victory over UCLA on Feb. 20, 2011. The streak ties for the fourth-longest in school history (also 1953-54) and is the longest since Cal won 17 straight, in Berkeley, from Feb. 2, 2002 through Feb. 15, 2003.
Utah shot 34.7-percent, from the floor, and became the 11th Cal opponent to shoot under 40 percent from the field this year.
The 81-45 final marks Cal’s largest margin of victory in the 18-game series with Utah. The previous widest margin was 32 in a 95-63 win on Jan. 30, 1954.
Senior G Jorge Gutierrez finished with 15 points, and moved up to 33rd on Cal’s career scoring list, now with 1,056 points. Next up is Larry Friend, who had 1,061 points from 1955-57. Gutierrez also added one steal to give him 132 with the Bears; tied for seventh all-time at the school.
With 14 points against Utah and his 14 points against Colorado, Thursday, senior F Harper Kamp matched his best back-to-back scoring games of the season. He previously had a combined 28 points against Austin Peay and Georgia, in November.
After Utah took a brief 7-6 lead at the 14:34 mark of the first half, Cal went on an 18-1 run to forge a 24-8 advantage. The Bears held the Utes without a field goal for 9:36 during the stretch until Utah made a basket with 4:58 left in the first half.
Utah’s 15 first-half points marked the sixth time, this season, that the Bears have held an opponent to less than 20 points in a half, and the third time the total was 15 points, or lower.
Cal made its first five shots of the second half. The Bears ended the period 19-for-26 (73.1%) from the field.
The Bears did not take their first free throw of the game until sophomore G Justin Cobbs went to the line with 11:45 left in the second half.
Sophomore G Justin Cobbs set a career high with 11 assists; the most for a Cal player since Brandon Smith had 11 against Arizona on Feb. 5, 2011. Cobbs’ previous best was eight assists against UCLA.
Sophomore G Justin Cobbs recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 assists. It was the third double-double for a Cal player, this season. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe has had two double-double games.
Sophomore G Emerson Murray scored a career-high 10 points, grabbed a career-best five rebounds and added two assists to his final stat line.
Freshman G Alex Rossi, sidelined his first year-and-a-half with injuries, made his Cal debut, late in the second half and scored on his only shot.
Junior G Brandon Smith missed his third consecutive game after suffering a concussion on Thursday, Jan. 5, at Oregon State.