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3 takeaways from the Utah Utes’ 72-63 loss to the Cal Bears

Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) goes to the hoop around California Golden Bears forward Andre Kelly (22) during the game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.
Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) goes to the hoop around California Golden Bears forward Andre Kelly (22) during the game at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Missing its leading scorer, Cal rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Utah at the Huntsman Center on Saturday. It was the first road win of the season for the Bears.

Here are three takeaways from Utah’s 72-63 loss to Cal:

  • It’s beginning to sound like a broken record at this point. Once again, Utah played great in the first half and then squandered a double-digit halftime lead in a loss. The Utes led the Bears 34-22 at the break thanks to a good first-half performance by Timmy Allen, who scored 12 points in the first half, and Alfonso Plummer, who scored eight points. The Utes held Cal to just 33% shooting in the first half. In the second half, Cal outscored Utah 50-29, opening the half on a 21-8 run. Cal shot 59% from the field in the second half and held Utah to just 32% shooting.
  • Missing guard Matt Bradley, who scored 18 points per game, Cal forward Grant Anticevich picked up the slack, scoring 14 points to lead the Bears. Anticevich scored 10 of those points in the second half in a three-minute span, erasing a two-point Utah lead and putting Cal up by 10.
  • Allen continues to play at a high level for Utah. On Saturday, he scored 26 points to lead the Utes on 8-for-15 shooting. He made two 3-pointers and made 8 of 9 free throws. The only other Ute to scored in double-digits was Pelle Larsson, who had 12 points.