SALT LAKE CITY -- Allen Crabbe scored 23 points, including four 3-pointers, and California defeated Utah 62-57 on Thursday night.
Cal led by as many as 15 points midway through the second half, but the Utes pulled within 58-55 on Jason Washburn's 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining.
David Kravish missed at the other end for the Golden Bears (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12) but poked the rebound out to Crabbe, who was fouled and sank two free throws with 17 seconds left.
Freshman Brandon Taylor missed a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left for the Utes (9-10, 1-6), and Justin Cobb grabbed the rebound and sank a pair of free throws to seal the win for Cal.
Cal used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to take a commanding lead.
Utah shot better from the floor than Cal did but committed 17 turnovers, including six by Jordan Loveridge.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.