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3 keys in Utah basketball's 84-78 victory over UCLA

Utah Utes forward David Collette (13) duksover UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday (3) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
Utah Utes forward David Collette (13) duksover UCLA Bruins guard Aaron Holiday (3) in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
Jeffrey D. Allred,

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah won its fifth straight and picked up an important victory in the Pac-12 race, beating UCLA 84-78 Thursday night at the Huntsman Center.

Turning point: With Utah nursing a 75-72 lead heading into the final minute, Parker Van Dyke drilled a 3-pointer with a hand in his face and the shot clock running down to put the Utes up six with 41 seconds remaining. Despite UCLA responding immediately with a 3-pointer, Utah hit enough free throws down the stretch to win.

The hero: Van Dyke scored a career-high 18 points, hitting a team-high four 3-pointers while adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals. David Collette was also a perfect 9-for-9 from the field and finished with a team-high 21 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

3 keys

- The Utes outshot the Bruins from the field, 52.7 percent to 42.4 percent.

- Utah had 30 points in the paint, to 20 for UCLA.

- The Utes made 15 of 17 free-throws, while the Bruins hit 9 of 11.

Utah almanac: 18-9, 10-6 Pac-12, Won 5

Next 3

Saturday vs. USC (20-9, 11-5), 12:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

Saturday, March 3 vs. Colorado (15-13, 7-9), 5 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks)

March 7-10, TBD at Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas